Do you ignore the invitations to participate in Request for Quotes?
Today’s post is written by Heather Powell, Director of Customer Services & Project Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.
Do you ignore the invitations to participate in Request for Quotes? Do you overlook the “Please click HERE too for your acceptance to participate in the Request for Quote (RFQ)”?
As a business owner, how do you make any money if you do not do business? Why would you turn down an opportunity to earn new business? If it costs you nothing monetarily but a total of an hour’s worth of time, why not participate?
- Through the SafeSourcing process, the RFQs are paid for by the client/host, which means you are not paying to participate or paying to earn new business.
- Specifications and Terms and Conditions are provided to give you very clear details of the expectations of the items or services required within the RFQ.
- Accepting to participate in a SafeSourcing RFQ is a very simple process that allows you time to ask specific questions about the items or services and a scheduled training of the system tool to enter pricing. The training itself is very detailed and is done in a very short period of time. We at SafeSourcing understand your time is money.
- Our RFQs are blind. Just as in a traditional RFP or RFQ, the electronic view of our system is customized to show you your price and your price only, and if you have the lowest quote will be indicated by a specific color. Also different from traditional methods of price collection, is the opportunity to lower your pricing if you do not have the lowest quote. Traditionally, you submit your best and final, walk away and then never know if you had dropped your pricing just another dollar or two that you would have had the advantage of having the lowest quote.
Again, time is money, so 90% of the RFQ Events that SafeSourcing runs for our clients are 20 minutes with 2 minute extensions. Rarely are the RFQs longer. Many of the clients are on a tight timeline themselves and do not have hours to dedicate a person to watch the live event.
The author hopes with this blog that it will open the eyes to businesses wanting new business to participate in future RFQs. Should you have questions regarding our system tool and process or are interested in how SafeSourcing can run a RFQ or RFP for your business or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.
We look forward to your comments.