Forms used by Procurement

Typical Forms most used by Procurement Professionals

In order to manage the need to purchase supplies and services, purchasing professionals turn to certain forms or documents to obtain the internally requested products or services.

Some standard forms you might be familiar with would be: Request for Quotation; Request for Proposal; Invitation to Bid; and there are many others.

While most of these procurement forms are relatively straightforward, the Request for Proposal is a form that has continued to evolve since its first started to appear in the early ’80’s. Since then, RFP’s have become more prevalent, more refined and in some cases are all some companies issue (not what we recommend). Regardless, companies that purchase goods and services need procurement forms to help them manage their business. These forms are a necessary evil and will help you ultimately complete the task of getting to an award.

Role players in an RFP / RFQ

Before we can detail the forms most used by purchasing department today, we think some color on the process is needed. Typically there are 3 or 4 role players when it comes to the RFP or RFQ process. There is a Tenderer aka Bidder / Offeror / Vendor; then there is the Owner which is the parent company issuing the document — then the user or internal department making the request or the group needing the material or service — and last the procurement officer who is the person managing the RFP / RFQ. They often generate the documents, issue, analyze the offers, make a recommendation and manage the award. There are others like the accounting department which will pay the vendor and so on.

Supplier/Vendor: A seller of materials and/or supplies who submit a proposal or quotation against your requirements.

Now back to the most popular forms used today:

  1. RFP – (Request for Proposal). Without question, this form is considered the go to form for procurement professionals, on larger dollar spend and when your selection criteria might use additional factors other than price, like service capabilities or technical.
  2. RFQ – (Request for Quote). To some this is up for debate, but depending on the organization, sometimes the Buyer is simply looking for price and delivery on a simple material request.  We need 6 widgets and here is the part # so in this instance a RFP is way overkill and is not worth the cost or effort.
  3. EOI or RFI – (Expression of Interest) or (Request for Information).  An Expression of Interest (EOI) or (RFI) is used to gauge interest from potential suppliers for a potential upcoming project on the drawing board or hope to officially tender in the near future. An EOI, gives you the opportunity to pre-qualify vendors to ensure they are capable of completing the work under the restrictions or specifications outlined in your document.
  4. LOI or LOU – (Letter of Intent) or (Letter of Understanding). Often the next document to be used by the purchasing department if the spend warrants (vs going right to a PO).  It captures the summary terms negotiated by both parties during the award process and these details will eventually make their way into the formal contract. Simply, the Buyer is looking for a document they can use to bridge them over until a formal contract document can be executed.

There are many other documents a Buyer will use in today’s purchasing and if you, like many of us, find the RFP Process overwhelming or too time consuming hang tough as Our Step by Step RFP Guide will be released soon. It will simplify the RFP Process by providing a step by step guide c/w with sample forms typically used when issuing a RFP — from start to finish. All forms will be provided in edit friendly Microsoft Word format. This comprehensive guide and template pack will be provided at a discount to all our subscribers and with returning customers receiving additional discounts over and above discounts offered to our subscriber base.

How our Quotation Forms can Help

Creating a procurement form from scratch is not in every business manager’s top 20 list of items they want to be doing at work each day. For most of us, it is not even in the top 100! Purchasing people are results oriented…they want to be reporting to management on $ savings, contracts, trends and not that they spent their day writing a tender.  The RFQ and other procurement related forms are important and do require an attention to detail. Is there an easier way to accomplish this task so you can spend your time on more fruitful projects?

At RFQPro.com we supply sample Procurement Templates for a variety of potential quotation requirements and this is how our quotation forms can help you in your day to day tasks.

Here is a link to the list of some of the forms we offer: https://www.rfqpro.com/pack-breakdown

In this list you will notice we provide both generic and specific types of tender documents which can be used

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RFQ and RFP Template Packs

RFQ and RFP Template Packs:

save_money Most of our readers are aware the RFQ and RFP Template Packs you see in the margin have been subsidized by the company in order to encourage our viewers to subscribe to the release of our newly launched RFQ Software. If you are contemplating purchasing a template pack please take advantage of the present price.

Do not let the low price fool you, these templates are first rate and are covered by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Where else can you purchase 90 edit friendly templates with RFQ’s, RFP’s, Contract, Policy samples and much more for under $100.00? … our best selling Packs work out to about .40 cents a template. These RFQ and RFP Template Packs have been generated by actual procurement and sales personnel and will literally save you hundreds of development hours.

How To Succeed With Tenders

Nine (9) Simple Suggestions to Improve Your RFP Response(s)

Preparing outgoing tenders are skills which are a critical component of the professional buyer’s job description, however, responding to a tender or RFP is a critical component to the success of any business. If you fail to succeed at receiving the award as a result of your tender responses it is  likely you will not be in  business very long.

Nine (9) simple suggestions which will increase your chances at winning more tenders.

  1. Pre-Game Preparation: We love the sports or game analogy and preparing to respond to a RFP or a tender is no different. Prior to the game, athletes are practising and completing training to ensure they are successful on game day.  Responding to a tender request is no different. Preparation is key and there are many areas you can prepare ahead of time or prior to responding to a RFP or RFQ request.
  2. Training or investing in learning will always result in a great rate of return and improve chances! Keep all certifications and credentials current and readily available.
  3. Tender responses almost always require details or specific profiles on your team, approach and methodology, management, price and past experience.
  4. With the often restricted timelines to complete the tender response, it is crucial that time is allocated to ensuring the best possible solution to the project’s requirements is presented at the best possible price.  Most effort needs to be dedicated to providing a solution and not a re-hash of past experience.
  5. Obviously, a successful track record of implementing or past experience in similar activities will be evaluated and contribute to your success or failure for any tender.  But this doesn’t imply spending countless hours to locate and compile a summary of past experiences is time wisely spent – this can be done now and on an ongoing basis.
  6. All tender requests are likely to call for an array of details which exhibits your experience in past or similar activities.  Information required almost always consists of the activity name, location and duration, client, project value, key personnel by name and title, and a synopsis of the activity.
  7. Aggregating this activity is clearly destined to be a challenge if it requires searching for staff and past associates for details, relying on memory, etc.  The answer is to encourage the habit of compiling relevant information as soon as a project begins, and keeping the information current.
  8. This can be made even easier by capturing information from the start of a project consistent with how a future tender might require the information presented.
  9. Major organizations request a Project Data Sheet (PDS) for each project example that you are including with your tender response.  This is often a single page that captures all the information required in the evaluation of your response.
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If you are looking for a more robust RFQ, we recommend you consider the Premium Pack which includes: RFQ2 – Invitation to Bid Letter, RFQ15 – Instruction to Bidders (3 pages) and RFQ16 – Form of Agreement, Terms and Conditions (8 pages)…use them together.


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This pack has it allNinety (90) everyday templates

  • RFP’s, RFQ’s, Expression of Interest, Tenders
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Vendor Performance Pack

“Thanks for the FREE offer but right now I am only looking for a Supplier Evaluation Form”. We are listening … the RFQPro Performance Pack includes:

  • Vendor Performance Evaluation (14 pages) c/w weighted measures
  • Sub-Contractor Evaluation
  • Facility Audit Form
  • Occurrence Report + 2 bonus templates

All of the above templates are an integral part of measuring vendor performance.  This pack will only be available for a limited time at this price…$27.97 (instant digital delivery)

RFQ Cover Letter

RFQ Cover Letter

RFQ Cover Letter:

RFQ Cover LetterA RFQ cover letter or request for quote cover letter can take on many appearances. It can be anything from a simple hand written fax cover page to a formal business letter style template.  A RFQ cover letter is also known as an invitation to quote letter and like the RFQ cover letter, it is used to connect the buyer and supplier. It usually requests price and delivery for a product or service requirement. For a sample Request for Qualification cover letter go to bottom of this post.

Your cover letter should include an issue date, buyers complete business address, subject – RFQ for ____, your offer (quote on supplying, etc), an acknowledge by date,  reference to an instructions page, possibly a reference number, may include some background details, where, when and to whom the response must be addressed to and finally, close it with your signature and title.  The following is

More Sample RFP Forms

RFP Samples:

Very few purchasing professionals will admit they enjoy the task of writing a RFP, we would much rather dedicate our efforts to the negotiation process, closing a deal or other areas which justify our existence.

Save yourself the stress and your employer the money by utilizing one of the many RFP and RFQ sample templates in one of our bundles. RFQPro provides more sample RFP Forms than any other online provider as a service to both our procurement and supplier clientele.

RFQ45 – RFP is another sample template form and it can be used for software services. Here is a brief look (page 2 and 3) or preview of this 10 page RFP template.

Payment Terms Defined

Payment terms are an area in the RFQ process which is often overlooked or forgotten. Some commonly used payment terms would be Net 30 days, 2%/10 Net 30 days and there are many more.  (To help  get a better understanding we have included a glossary of payment terms you can download for free at the bottom of this post). So, what do these imply and is it something a Buyer should be paying attention to as part of the award process?

When generating a RFQ or RFP, most buyers will place the majority of their efforts on the product, FOB Point and other commercial aspects of the quotation and doing such is absolutely right but one evaluation point which is often overlooked or not considered in the overall award process are the payment terms. Buyers will often accept or assume the standard Net 30 days offered is not worth analyzing.

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Vendor Evaluation Questions

Vendor Evaluation:

vendor_performanceThe process of evaluating vendors is an ongoing task which every purchasing department should be performing at regular intervals. In this process, you are inviting dialogue or communication with your vendors, which is always good.

What types of questions should you ask your vendors? Ask questions directly related to areas which require improvement and do not neglect to mention areas which the vendor is excelling or performing well at.

Remember, the goal is to help your vendor improve their service levels and how they do business with your company. In return, the vendor might even offer something which will make both your organizations more efficient!

In Part A, we have provided a verbal question you might ask during your interview.

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RFQ Sample – Public Purchasing

Public Purchasing:

If you are looking for a detailed RFQ – Request for Quote for the purchase of a piece of mobile equipment and you are in the public purchasing field, this sample RFQ template will expedite the tendering process. This one specifically addresses the acquisition of mobile equipment (Road Grader) but can be used for any major piece of equipment by adding your own equipment specifications, sometimes you can download these specification online directly from the manufacturer.

RFQ67 – Mobile Equipment template is 24 pages and includes a layout you can use to add detailed equipment specifications. Here is a quick look at a few pages of this template.

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RFQ67 template is available in our premium pack offer.