Evaluating your Spend

Every business should have a clear understanding on their operating costs and should be constantly evaluating this spend regardless of size or how big your company is. What does it mean to be evaluating your spend? If you asked your accounting department to provide a list of the top 20% of vendors in relation to how much money you spend with them annually, this would be a start. This list of suppliers will represent close to 80% of your operating budget. I know, the pareto principle is overused but in this instance is 100% on point.

Prudent business owners will dedicate a large portion of their time or their purchasing department’s time on analyzing this 80% cost. These are your target vendors and where you need to focus your efforts. Requesting price concessions for your guaranteed or long term business and suggesting that they partner with you on productivity improvements are two quick solutions you can key in on.

There are multiple ways to approach this:
1. First drill down and gather specific details on this spend. How many widgets am I buying of a specific product in a 12 month period? This is known as your annual usage. What is our cost to procure these items? Is there a better quality product which will perform the same function and reduce operating costs? Are there like vendors that can provide a similar material or service?

2. Approach your existing vendor directly or by way of a RFQ and request firm pricing for a 12 or 24 month period. In exchange for this commitment, you are expecting preferred pricing. This does two things, stabilizes your costs for the next 12 – 24 months and reduces ordering costs as these commodities can be covered by a contract or supply agreement.

3. Creating competition is the best way to achieve fair market pricing for goods and services. To achieve this, you need to issue a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for the above item(s). If your spend warrants, you should do your homework and pre-qualify vendors for these items. Ensure they are of similar quality by asking for samples and get a sense whether these suppliers can meet price and delivery timelines based on your usage or existing requirements. No use buying something for 10% less than what you are presently paying if the new vendor cannot deliver!

4. It gives the vendor comfort knowing they have your business for the next 12 months in exchange for better pricing. By granting them a contract for the next year, the expectation is the vendor would guarantee they carry relevant inventory in their local branch which would then allow you to reduce on-hand inventory. In this instance you are reducing carrying cost, cash outlay for inventory and achieving a reduction in unit costs. Savings all the way around!

Issuing a RFQ (Request for Quote) to determine present market pricing is always the preferred way of doing business. It is ethical, transparent and begins to condition your suppliers of your intention on monitoring your spend. It sends the message that your company is focused on ensuring you are receiving the best possible product at the best possible price.

If creating a RFQ to help manage costs is on your radar, there are many sample RFQ templates available on-line or the team at RFQPro would love to help you get the ball rolling.

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Here is to your success — Mark.

RFQ Sample for Telecommunications

RFQ for Telecommunications:

RFQPro template #24 is a 13 page sample request for quote for Telecommunications. When issuing a RFQ of this nature it is going to be much more technical than the average proposal you would issue. In fact, it is all about the specifications so having a third party expert to consult or provide the technical component should be strongly considered. After meeting with all the parties in your organization they would be able to provide a solution which will meet with all the departments and overall companies needs. Keeping this in mind, this template will provide you with a strong sense of what is needed to issue a quotation for a new telecommunications system.

It provides details on Evaluation Criteria, Bid Instructions, RFQ Addenda details, Warranty verbiage, General Terms and Conditions as well as many other standard terms you would typically use.

For the Technical component there is a sample specification which covers installation, system specifications, system requirements, physical characteristics, cabling, VoIP, performance specifications, basic phone features, call processing, warranty and maintenance so much can be gleaned by using this template to help you kick start the process.

Not all organizations would have in-house expertise available to assist in crafting a RFQ of this nature so stick to your strengths and ask for direction where needed.

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Evolution of the RFQ

Evolution of the RFQ:

Acronyms are becoming a part of everyday purchasing lingo. Here are just a few we are becoming accustomed to: TCO, RFQ, RFI, RFP, LOU, LOI, ABC, SPC. It does seem like every year there is a new term being introduced into the purchasing arena. For the experienced purchasing agent, the most familiar of the above terms would be the RFQ and it is a document which has evolved and become more complex over the years.

Well TCO is Total Cost of Ownership, SPC is Statistical Process Control and it is used in manufacturing, ABC relates to classification of your inventory and RFQ is a Request for Quote.   The good old RFQ which all of us COP’s – Crusty Old Purchasers understand very well as it was the only document utilized in early purchasing. A request for quote has been around the longest and in the old days everything went out or was issued as a request for quotation or quote. It was sometimes called an invitation to quote or invitation to tender and these both are part of the RFQ family.

Then came the RFP which is a request for proposal. This is where the vendor

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

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.

RFQ67_MobileEquiptRFQ67Bid

RFQ67 template is available in our premium pack offer.

 

Request for Quote – Standard

Standard RFQ:

Template #RFQ37 can be used for publishing a  standard or simple RFQ. Valuations and risk to the bidder do determine complexity of the request for quote document you issue. The lower the risk and dollar value, the less complex the document might be. The point — if you are procuring stationary or photocopy paper say versus an oil filled electrical transformer. For the copy paper, a standard RFQ | RFP like RFQ37, would likely suffice. In the case of the transformer, you would be wise to provide a more detailed request for quotation document to ensure you have all your bases covered. If you are unsure, it is always a good idea to have legal counsel approve your RFQ before it is issued.

You will find this Microsoft Word edit friendly RFQ template and 44 others in our Standard Pack.  Click Here to sneak a preview of this 3 page document.

When to use a RFP versus a RFQ

Using an RFP versus a RFQ:

This is a good question and one we hear often. We will try our best to provide a simple answer to help you make an informed  decision when performing your purchasing duties. This scenario surfaces when you are faced with generating a purchasing document to send to your suppliers.

Documents issued by the Purchasing group can be an RFQ (request for quote), RFI (request for information), RFP (request for proposal), or ITQ (invitation to quote), IFB (invitation for bid) or others.

A RFQ is usually used when the Owner knows exactly the type and quantity of goods it wants to buy while RFP’s ask bidders to provide a solution to a problem that could be solved in different ways.

An example of when to use a Request for Quote (RFQ) would be if you are buying 100 each Toshiba Laptop Computers c/w 2 GB ram, 100 GB HD, DVD Burner, Windows 7. You know your exact requirement and have a specification to include or issue with the request.

An RFP might be used if you were unsure as to whether you want to purchase, lease, rent  those same 100 computers with varying specifications for software and hardware requirements that may differ from PC to PC. This gives the bidders an opportunity to offer a solution to your requirement.

With the above in mind, it should be noted that evaluating a RFQ is usually easier than trying to determine an award from the results of an RFP.

RFP | RFQ Sample for Business Computers

RFP and RFQ for Business Computers:

RFQ_Business_ComputersHere is a sample RFQ template which can be used for the solicitation of quotes for the purchase of business computers or computer hardware and training from your suppliers. At a minimum, a request for quote should cover the invitation component, the bid form, specifications and a set of terms and conditions. This sample template provides coverage for all these specific areas and more. If you are looking for other sample templates, we recommend you peruse the premium or the mega pack offers. Using a single template will cover the cost of the complete package.

Download sample RFQ for business computers in Microsoft Word Format >>> RFQ29 – RFQ Computers

Sample RFQ Telephone System with VOIP

RFQ, VOIP Phone System:

If you are in the position where you need to go out for quotes or issue a RFP for a Telephone System with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) the following RFQ will provide you a great starting point. Form number RFQ12 is a request for Quote with technical specification and maintenance language which can be used for quotation for a VoIP Phone system. Just edit the template, review technical specifications and your are ready to issue your own RFP.

For a few sample pages of the content in this RFQ click here>>> RFQ12 – RFQ Telephone System w VoIP Partial

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Sample of Basic RFQ Template

Basic RFQ Template:

The expenditure or value of the acquisition item and the risk usually determines the amount of work and effort you put into your RFQ | RFP proposals and for that matter the whole quotation process. Sometimes, you just need a simple or basic RFQ, a one pager with some basic terms and conditions which will allow you to go out for quotes. A basic RFQ Template like RFQ19 may do the trick.

If you are looking for a simple or basic RFQ | RFP template you can use to solicit quotations, proposals this template should suffice. Keep in mind you can change the automobile specification section of the template and customize it by adding your own scope or specification for any purchase requirement.

Download free vehicle RFQ sample template >>> RFQ19 – Basic RFQ Template for Vehicle

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