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Glen Hanson

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Different Ways of Purchasing Console Furniture

Posted by Glen Hanson on Mar 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM


Some of you may not know that there are a variety of methods to look into when purchasing dispatch furniture, and agencies have a couple of different options when it comes to paying for it. Traditionally, purchasing console furniture is done by making a large purchase upfront through a purchase order, or PO, but many smaller agencies can struggle to come up with the funds needed to go this route. If you are one of these agencies, it may be time to look for alternative purchasing options.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing

Alternatives to a Dispatch Furniture RFP: Why Purchasing Contracts Can Be a Win-Win

Posted by Glen Hanson on Aug 14, 2014 10:24:00 AM

WINWINRFPDispatchFurnitureWhen public safety agencies upgrade their communication centers, they often need (or want) to replace their existing console furniture, as well. Because of state, federal and local laws, many comm center managers put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an Invitation for Bid (IFB) to get the process started. But, that isn’t always necessary. If local laws allow, there are several purchasing contracts that you may be able to use instead. 

Purchasing from a contract, or piggy-backing is often easier than creating an RFP or going out to BID, it also creates a WIN-WIN situation for the purchasing agency. The two contracts described below help create this WIN-WIN scenario by allowing state and government agencies to purchase directly from a pre-approved, reputable supplier without having to go out to bid.  

Here are two common contracts, and the benefits of using them over an RFP or IFB.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, RFP

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