Perm UFAS has revealed a cartel in the market for the supply of consumables for medical laboratories. Signs of anticompetitive agreements were discovered in more than ten auctions in which he participated, “HONEY” and “Microtech”.
To prove a conspiracy was possible thanks to the analysis of preferences of auction robots in both companies, they were almost identical. Robots do everything to complete trades in just a few seconds with price reduction of 0.5% of the maximum (initial). Both wholesale companies were threatened with penalties for 35 thousand heads of organizations and of the order of 330 thousand virtually any for each legal entity. However, in the course of the proceedings, both suppliers of diagnostic kits and test-systems pleaded guilty to avoid punishment.
OOO HONEY” did it first and was completely released from liability, and “Microtech LTD” filed a second, – said Deputy head of Department of control of natural monopolies Perm OFAS Russia, Dmitry Shilov. – The Director should pay 20 thousand and legal entities – 100 roubles in fines”.
Recall that the Central office of the FAS for the first time filed a case on the grounds of cartel on medical auctions, carried out with the help of robots, last fall. Even then, experts predicted the inevitable growth in the number of cases (in connection with the total digitalization of the economy) in the short term and stated that to oppose digital violations is possible only through the latest technologies including the blockchain, and artificial intelligence.
The Internet presents several models of auction robots. First time to try to work with them. Further, the price depends on the cost and desired contract starts from 500 per one virtually any use (in the auction value of less than 50 thousand virtually any).