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.

See a list of our templates and forms by visiting our In the Pack Page

Here is to your success — Mark.

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

RFQ and RFP Template Packs

RFQ and RFP Template Packs:

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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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The Use of Quotations

Quotations are requested when the size of the requisition or proposed commitment exceeds a minimum dollar amount stipulated usually by policy in the organization of the bidder: for example, $500.00. This rule may not apply in Governmental purchases as they are required by law to perform and award a RFQ to the lowest responsible bidder. In some Industries, proposals may be requested with the intention of selecting a firm to negotiate or settle final prices with.

Depending on your organization, after a RFQ

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.

RFP – What is it?

Request for Proposal – RFP:

What is a RFP and how and when should a procurement professional utilize it. A Request for Proposal (RFP) is an invitation to Vendors to submit a written offer to supply services or a solution to a requirement.

So, you have an internal need or requirement and there is nobody qualified in the organization to manage the requirement or possibly resolve it. You need to outsource the job and now might be when your employer requests you issue a RFP.

The RFP is then written to illicit positive feedback, therefore, needs to be designed professionally and must clearly identify the actual work you are hoping to farm out and the expectations.

More specifically, it is written to ensure suppliers don’t assume the entire risk. In manufacturing, this might mean the buffering of raw materials and finished goods to meet the final demand for goods. In a services type RFP, it should ensure the consultant has a clear indication of the amount of time and or resources he or she is expected to put into the project.

A RFP is different than a Request for Quote (RFQ). With a RFQ the Vendor can be certain as to the supply risk. For example, like having enough capacity to ensure supplies and goods at the right quantity, quality, time, and cost. We need 12 pairs of leather gloves and here is the part number. This RFQ is straight forward and comparing costs are for the most part simple. A RFP is not necessarily so cut and dry and quite often asks the Vendor to propose a solution.

Okay let us get back to writing the RFP. The Buyer will need the Vendor to define the specific monetary and/or service obligations which make up the offer. It is the Purchasing departments job to make the RFP available to several suppliers to respond with a competitive proposal or a solution to your request.

What to include – the Request for Proposal should include a short but detailed description or specification of the products or services which are required. This can also be identified as scope. As with many business writing efforts, an effective request for proposal will begin by declaring the purpose for the document. Even the most casual of formats for a RFP will incorporate details of this nature. In comparison, a highly structured format informs the applicant precisely how to arrange data in a manner that is certain to have significance to the issuing business. So, it is vital to be clear on the scope of work and try not to cloud the document with legal terminology. In other words, leave all the legal terms to the end of the document as this might deter recipients or quality vendors from offering. The higher the risk the more terms and conditions might be required but again not all RFP’s warrant forty pages of legal requirements.

Purchasing Glossary or Buzzwords

RFQ – RFP Glossary Buzzwords

Ever wonder what some of the terms used by Materials Managers and Purchasing Agents mean? Terms like RFQ, FOB, DNR , or a RFP, Vendor, Standing Order Agreement.  Although, these acronyms / terms are used frequently and recognized in the field, it is always a good idea to add them in their full context at least once or define the term on your definitions page to ensure there is no misunderstandings.  Here are a few terms commonly used in the Materials Management or procurement field:

RFQ – Request for Quote or Quotation
RFP – Request for Proposal
ITQ – Invitation to Quote
RFI – Request for Information
EOI – Expression of Interest
IFB – Invitation for Bids
ITT – Invitation to Tender
RFB – Request for Bid
LOI – Letter of Intent
LOU – Letter of Understanding
FOB – Free on Board

UTQ – Unable to Quote
DNR – Do not reorder
UTS – Unable to Supply

Standing Order – A standing order is an open ended purchase order or in essence open ended contract which grants authorization to make regular periodic shipments of a specified product. Usually an annual agreement.

Supplier – A provider of goods and services that typically bills on an invoice and has regular transactions with the Owner or Buyer.

Vendor – Another Name for a Supplier.

Compliance

  • Ensuring suppliers perform their obligations and supply goods in accordance with contracts or that services are performed as prescribed by site safety rules and regulation and certain federal, state or provincial laws.

Sample of a compliance clause in a supply agreement:

  • The goods called for in this agreement shall comply with all applicable codes, standards and/or both regulations of the governing inspection authorities at the place of use.  The Vendor shall acquire and keep in force all required permits and certificates of approval.   The Vendor shall comply with all provisions of law governing its performance under this agreement including, without limitation, Safety and Reclamation Codes,  all dangerous goods legislation and all workplace hazardous materials legislation and regulations governing the design, safety, handling, packaging, labeling, transport and the use of goods.

Due Diligence

  • Due diligence in a broad sense refers to the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination, and activity that a person would reasonably be expected to do under particular circumstances.

Force Majeure (sample clause)

  • No party hereto shall be liable for any delays in the performance of their obligation hereunder (excluding financial obligations) if any such delay or failure is due to acts of God, war, riot, sabotage, strikes, lockouts, or differences with workers, accidents, lack of water, power, gas, materials, any and all government laws or regulations, or any disabling cause beyond the reasonable control, and without the negligence of, the party invoking this clause.

Notice to the other party of any event of force majeure stating the date of the commencement thereof shall be promptly given and shall immediately be followed by a notice setting for the particulars of the event of force majeure and the expected delay.  The party so affected shall take all reasonable steps to remove the force majeure conditions and to resume, with the least possible delay, compliance with its obligations under this agreement, and shall promptly advise the other party of the date when the force majeure is ended.

Assignment (sample clause)

  • The Vendor may not assign or sublet any of its rights or obligations under the Agreement without the prior written consent of the Owner,  which consent may be arbitrarily withheld.

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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.