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GSA Releases RFP for OS3 Community in Hopes of Reduced Costs

os3 office suppliesThe General Services Administration (GSA) is cutting costs by recently submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP) for their next step in the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). FSSI is an established initiative that was implemented in 2005 in order to reduce costs, improve visibility to all industries, and enhance management of all purchased goods and services.

The GSA is working to increase efficiencies and reduce costs by focusing their Federal office supply purchases through a specific vendor’s community known as the Office Supply Third Generation (OS3). This critical decision arrived after the success of OS2, which created more than $350 million in savings and an improved small business utilization rate of 76 percent.

The implementation of the OS3 is expected to save the government sector $65 million annually and an additional $90 million in administrative costs. GSA contractors that are part of the OS3 community are preparing to step up to the plate as the GSA is looking for proven vendors to submit responses and the RFP offers several benefits:

Benefits of OS3

  • This procurement will be a full-and-open solicitation, open to all office supply businesses, including any businesses that do not have a GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract
  • Additional purchasing channel options for agencies with the inclusion of a requisition channel and eventually the 4th Party Logistics (vendor direct-delivery requisition/fulfillment) channel
  • Increased opportunities for small businesses with open season on-ramping and an increase in the number of awards reserved for small businesses
  • Lower purchasing prices through increased competition and a dynamic pricing model, which reduces price variances

Commercial vendors should be aware that government agencies are attempting to buy smarter and negotiate the best prices from suppliers. As competition increases, the OS3 community is considering several new pricing models and consulting with professionals to compete for this potentially massive revenue generating contract can increase your chance of success.

Commercial vendors and interested parties are invited to reply to the OS3 Request for Proposal solicitation by March 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Contact us for more details!

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