Real-Time Bid Technology Launching in Burlington
The City of Burlington is launching a new e-bidding procurement management tool next week that simplifies the procurement process by allowing bids to be submitted electronically.
The platform, bids&tenders, is making its debut on Nov. 20.
This means vendors no longer have to go to City Hall to meet a deadline and get a manual time and date stamp.
“The city is joining neighbouring municipalities in using bids&tenders for digital procurement management,” said director of finance Joan Ford.
“We are excited to use advanced, environmentally friendly technology for the paperless submission of bids and proposals.”
The platform uses real-time technology to give easy access to up-to-date information on bid opportunities.
The program offers the following features: Vendor dashboard to track and manage bids; automated email notifications of bid opportunities; ability to withdraw, edit changes and resubmit; built-in calculation to avoid mathematical errors; compliance checker; reminder notification if a bid has been started but not submitted.
Vendors who subscribe to the platform will receive notices of bid opportunities and can submit bids and proposals to the City of Burlington online.
Here’s a tutorial:
An unlimited subscription is $165 a year and includes access to all agencies using the program across Canada.
For those who choose not to subscribe, there is a one-time fee of $45 per bid opportunity.
The new e-bidding process will be used for bids that have a financial value of $25,000 or more and are administered by the city’s procurement services staff.
For quotations with a value under $25,000, city staff will continue their usual bid processes.
At this time, the city will continue to manage construction-related bid opportunities using Biddingo.
Construction-related bid opportunities will be available on bids&tenders in late 2018.
For more information on the city’s bid opportunities, click here.