Increasingly Lean on Esourcing
Today’s public-owned utilities follow the same procurement practices as local governments; they must solicit proposals and quotes for major purchases such as equipment, materials, and construction projects. Management of construction bids is particularly important to all utilities because of challenges for distributing large document and plan sets.
Companies like eBid Systems, www.ebidsystems.com, Bainbridge Island, Wash., can help. eBid Systems recently announced Metropolitan Utilities District, www.mudomaha.com, Omaha, Neb., joins other major utilities in Nebraska by selecting eBid eXchange to automate its procurement process.
How does eBid eXchange help? The solution eliminates manual and expensive document production and distribution by making them easily accessible online. It’s estimated that the reduction of document costs alone more than offset the investment in eBid eXchange. Now, in addition to accessing bid documents, suppliers can register at no cost to receive bid notices via email and text message. Increasing participation from local suppliers and providing equal access to bidding opportunities was important for all three Nebraska utilities.
In the company’s experience, free vendor registration and bid notifications significantly increase participation from local suppliers, says Keith Jones, president, eBid Systems. He adds eBid Systems is playing a role in improving transparency and the Nebraska local economy by enabling more transparent public procurement.
One Nebraska utility will take advantage of eBid eXchange’s online bid submission capabilities to eliminate the encumbrance of suppliers to produce and deliver hardcopy proposal. Because the bids are sealed, the utility can follow public procurement best practices while providing enhanced convenience to suppliers and efficiency of utility staff.
eBid eXchange eliminates manual bid tabulations that are time consuming and cause errors. As a result, eBid eXchange can reduce the time to manage bid solicitations by an average of 50-70%, allowing Nebraska utilities to deliver tangible savings for their resident customers.
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