Government Buyers: Meet Diversity Targets and Find Nearby Suppliers

Public-sector buyers looking for the right suppliers to bid on new commodities or existing projects have a solution

New YorkJuly 30, 2015—Government/public sector buyers hard-pressed to find the right new suppliers to bid on new commodities or on existing projects now have a solution. The over 700,000 manufacturers, distributors and service companies available on the platform give these buyers the ability to find local and diverse suppliers of a broad range of commodities, including grounds maintenance, lab testing supplies, industrial machinery and safety equipment.

During the The National Institute for Public Procurement Forum, August 1 through 5 in Kansas City, Missouri, participants will learn how to use ThomasNet’s Supplier Discovery application to create a targeted list of trusted suppliers and view in-depth profiles, which include capabilities, equipment lists, product information, brands carried, demographics, ownership and diversity information, quality certifications, and video plant tours and product demonstrations to help in the decision to add suppliers to the shortlist.

The free platform has five other applications, including Diversity & Quality, where buyers can find one of the largest free databases of woman-owned, minority, disadvantaged and small businesses, including certificates available for download. Buyers can also find companies classified by 80 different certifications/registrations. In addition, a new Custom Quotes service allows buyers to submit a request for quotation (RFQ) and receive up to five quotes from qualified suppliers.

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