China’s new mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment app to boost ef­fi­ciency

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Xie Jun

A mo­bile app for mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment has been op­er­a­tional since early Au­gust, the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army’s (PLA) flag­ship news­pa­per, the PLA Daily, re­ported on Fri­day.

The app, an off­shoot of the PLA pur­chas­ing web­site plap.cn, was de­vel­oped around the be­gin­ning of this year and can pro­vide rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion about mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment in an ef­fi­cient, fast and di­rect man­ner.

The app can broaden the chan­nels for the re­lease of mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment in­for­ma­tion, as well as en­hance the qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency of mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment, the re­port noted.

Cur­rently, the app can­not be down­loaded in Ap­ple’s mo­bile app store.

The app has five sec­tions, in­clud­ing busi­ness no­tices, sup­pli­ers and af­ter-sales ser­vices.

The PLA Daily re­port also noted that the app re­leases in­for­ma­tion such as the credit record of the sup­pli­ers and pun­ish­ment no­tices.

The Global Times learned on Fri­day from a mil­i­tary source, who asked not to be named, that the app is yet to be used in his mil­i­tary region, which is based in east­ern China.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the pro­cure­ment in his mil­i­tary region is quite large. “We pub­lish pro­cure­ment ten­ders about twice a week,” he said.

The mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment web­site also con­tains in­for­ma­tion about pro­cure­ment ten­ders. Those cover a wide va­ri­ety of goods, rang­ing from food and coal to train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and of­fice equip­ment.

Many bid­ding an­nounce­ments on the web­site noted that sup­pli­ers must have been es­tab­lished for some time – in some cases, more than one year; in oth­ers, more than three years – and can­not be over­seas com­pa­nies.

Pri­vate com­pa­nies can also com­pete with State-owned com­pa­nies in mil­i­tary bid­ding. For ex­am­ple, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment on plap.cn on Fri­day, China’s lead­ing pri­vate home ap­pli­ances maker Gree Elec­tric Ap­pli­ances has par­tic­i­pated in a mil­i­tary bid process, and seems to be the fron­trun­ner, ac­cord­ing to the eval­u­a­tion team.

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