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Federal Procurement Essentials: Sealed Bidding
Selling to the government can bring new life to contract winners, particularly small and medium businesses. In fact, organizations that understand and leverage

rfq bidding  a request for quotation (RFQ) The category of simplified acquisitions is reserved for small acquisitions (FAR Part 2.101 defines this as less than $100,000 [USD]). Contracting by negotiation is reserved for acquisitions in which evaluation factors are not primarily related to price but to the overall value. Sealed bidding is aiming at simply selecting the offer with the lowest evaluated price. Sealed Bidding Sealed bidding (defined in FAR Part 14 ) is a procurement method used when the best value is exp Read More...
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Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (a.k.a., Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar

rfq bidding  comprehensive request for quotation (RFQ) , requisitioning, and buyer workbench capabilities built-in as standard. For many of Epicor's customers, these capabilities help them manage their supply chain operations effectively. What these features perhaps do not do so well is overtly support customers’ corporate social responsibility (CSR )/ governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC ) initiatives or advanced strategic sourcing  plans. Epicor Advanced Quality Management (AQM ), which is an add-on Read More...
Emptoris
The Emptoris acquisition of Zeborg is both a wise offensive and defensive move since it combines the resources of two companies that should focus on arguably

rfq bidding  analysis, identifying potential suppliers, RFQ and contract negotiation, and monitoring and improving suppliers (which logically may happen both before and after the contract signing). As companies continue to strive to reduce the internal costs of their products and services, more pressure is on the procurement group to source from the right supplier that can deliver as needed, at the right price, but also subject to many other measures some of which can be of a non-quantitative nature, such as product a Read More...
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

rfq bidding  management, auctions, RFP and RFQ. Additional services added in 2001 were invoicing and payment programs, which expedited the supply chain process for both sides involved in the supply chain process. Plus, ecFood expanded aggregated product programs in packaging, logistics and ingredients. ecFood currently provides online transaction and membership-based group buying services to over 40 industry leaders from several segments of the food industry. Segments include major consumer brand manufacturers, proces Read More...
Emptoris
The combined company's possibly biggest challenge remains a lack of awareness of the need for sourcing/spend management. While many people have realized the

rfq bidding  capabilities like spending analysis, RFQ, bidding analysis, negotiation, contract development, category management, cost savings tracking, specification management, and supplier performance management. More intricate capabilities like cost estimation and target costing, knowledge management (KM), market analysis, the make versus buy analysis, value engineering, supplier design collaboration, buyer-supplier joint cost reduction projects, etc. are still mainly provided through complex not-automated, once-of Read More...
Is Fourth Shift Succeeding in Providing 'Complete Customer Care'?
On July 25, Fourth Shift Corporation and SupplierMarket.com announced a partnership that will enable purchasing professionals to locate ideal trading partners

rfq bidding  to seamlessly link Request-for-Quotation (RFQ) data and Quotation data with the SupplierMarket.com online strategic sourcing platform for manufactured direct, indirect, and specification-based raw materials. Fourth Shift users who are involved in discrete manufacturing will be able to source built-to-order components and other specification-based materials involved in the manufacture of their end products directly from their desktop computers. Additionally, they will be able to search for open RFQs in the Read More...
Syspro Hatches 'Encore' IMPACT On SME Manufacturers. Part 2: Market Impact
While Syspro’s recent product release does not necessarily represent a major ground breaking, its broad and well-attuned offering for small enterprises should

rfq bidding  as requests for quotation (RFQ), shipping, and engineering change control, are only slated for release later this year. Also, the company has been seemingly inactive in pronouncing its strategy for supporting MS .NET architecture framework, whereas some competitors like Made2Manage, Epicor, Navision and Microsoft Great Plains have been busy delivering the first software components based on that architecture. Syspro also trails these competitors in its ASP/hosting, private trade exchange (PTX) and/or colla Read More...
A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works
TradeStone has developed an application that can be quickly configured to shift data in and out of traditional enterprise planning systems. Organizations can

rfq bidding  wants to extend an RFQ to several small manufacturers in the Far East to make a batch of polo shirts. The buyer would input the specifications in a preset form designed to support retail purchases, with fields for necessary data like size, fabric, or color. The buyer would also have to provide the e-mail contact addresses of the suppliers he or she desires to engage, and then would initiate the quote process. Currently, TradeStone does not help with finding prospective vendors in these faraway Read More...
PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part One: Recent Anouncements
Hiring the former APICS president to head its manufacturing industry efforts a year ago, the high profile acquisition of renowned manufacturing ERP provider J.D

rfq bidding  MRP, manufacturing cost, financials, RFQ management and control, and upload programs. Of critical interest to aerospace firms competing in the market's second tier, the suite also includes modules for: Lot and Serial Control, which provides for automated full lot and serial number traceability through the material's system. Project Control, which tracks costed transactions by project and details project status on-line at any point in the life cycle of the project. Design Engineering, which is a sandbox Read More...
An Overview of the Knowledge Based Selection Process
The TechnologyEvaluation.Com’s (TEC) Knowledge Based Selection Process is a multi-part comprehensive analysis of a vendor’s tactical, strategic and qualitative

rfq bidding  and services desired. The RFQ is provided to the finalists (typically at the Bidder's Conference) to allow them to prepare their cost proposal in parallel with the other process activities. This timing provides the opportunity to dovetail all the process elements together to permit a comprehensive analysis of all factors that affect a recommendation without impacting the schedule. Vendor responses to the RFQ are entered into the decision support model and analyzed. Each finalist is compared relative to Read More...
6 Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System
Manufacturing and distribution companies rely heavily on their ability to ship product and meet commitments to customers. Yet though the supply chain is the

rfq bidding  originating transactions, such as RFQs, POs, ASNs and invoices. Tactical buyers are responsible for creating these documents, delivering them to appropriate parties, and confirming their receipt. Online Collaboration The second level up is online collaboration. Before or after a transaction (e.g.: PO, RFQ, ASN) has been sent, buyers and suppliers often have further conversations. Examples include inquiries and negotiations, collaborative problem solving, change notification and management, and status Read More...
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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

rfq bidding  include Request for Quote (RFQ) Tendering, Direct Tendering, and Carrier Booking.  Along that scope, we are currently finalizing roadmap items for similar network enablement of our Supply Chain LOB applications. Dear readers, what are your views, comments, opinions, etc. about SAP’s undeniably ambitious SCM approach? Will that work for your region/industry? What are your best practices as well as experiences with particular SCM applications? If you are a SAP SCM user, I would appreciate hearing about y Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

rfq bidding  the vendor selection process. RFQ - Request For Quote . A formal document sent by a customer to a vendor asking them to put together a product and service package, with prices, for the customer to consider accepting and ultimately buying. RMA - Returned Materials Authorization . Most companies require that customers contact them before returning previously-purchased product, to receive authorization to return the product. The customer is usually given an RMA number, for tracking purposes. ROI - A Read More...
Glovia On B2B Reinventing Trail
If Glovia successfully continues its reinvention as a B2B e-business transformation provider for manufacturers and service companies that want more than core

rfq bidding  manage supplier relationships from RFQ to purchase order delivery; and e-Logistics , to manage and optimize resources. Market Impact Glovia was dragged through an extended period of transitions and restructurings that culminated in its acquisition from the UK-based former McDonnell Information Systems (MDIS) (now Northgate) in February 2000 by major shareholder Fujitsu (see GLOVIA to be Resuscitated (Hopefully) ). Now, after several years of focusing on the manufacturing mid-market as the Chess division Read More...

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