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Bristol Joins 21 Local Agencies on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group

Bristol, RI –On Thursday, April 15th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced its joining of the Rhode Island Purchasing Group which connects 21 existing participating agencies from across Rhode Island to a large vendor pool for bid distribution and management. BidNet’s Rhode Island Purchasing Group provides notification to registered vendors of new relevant solicitations, and any addenda and award information. The Town of Bristol invites all potential vendors to register online with the Rhode Island Purchasing Group to access its upcoming solicitations by visiting www.bidnetdirect.com/rhode-island/bristolri.

In joining, the Town of Bristol hopes to utilize the system to streamline its purchasing process. The Rhode Island Purchasing Group is a single, online location for managing sourcing information and activities and provides local Rhode Island government agencies the tools needed to minimize costs and time delays associated with the procurement process. The Town of Bristol looks to save time, reach out to more vendors automatically and achieve cost savings over the traditional paper-based bid process.

The Town of Bristol has access to the Rhode Island Purchasing Group vendor pool which will enhance competition without increasing distribution costs. In addition to the existing vendors on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group, all vendors looking to do business with the Town of Bristol can register online: www.bidnetdirect.com/rhode-island. The Town of Bristol invites all current vendors not already registered on the purchasing group to do so today.

Registered vendors can access all open bids, related documents and files, additional addendum, and award information. In addition, the Rhode Island Purchasing Group offers a value-added service to notify vendors of new bids targeted to their industry, all addenda and advance notification of expiring term contracts. A robust NIGP code category list allows vendors registering to find the correct codes in order to receive matched bid information.

“Our goal is to extend the reach of our solicitations. Not only will we increase our vendor pool and competition, but our valued vendors can now save time and access not only our open bids but those from other agencies throughout the state. We invite all of our current vendors to register on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group or contact BidNet’s vendor support team with any questions,” stated Bristol Town Clerk Melissa Cordeiro. Vendors may register on the Rhode Island Purchasing Group: www.bidnetdirect.com/rhode-island. BidNet’s vendor support team is available to answer any questions regarding the registration process or the bidding system at 800-835-4603 option 2.

Other local Rhode Island government agencies looking to switch from a manual bid process, please contact the Rhode Island Purchasing Group for a demonstration of the no-cost sourcing solution.

About BidNet Direct:

BidNet Direct, powered by mdf commerce, is a sourcing solution of regional purchasing groups available at no cost to local government agencies throughout the country. BidNet Direct runs regional purchasing groups, including the Rhode Island Purchasing Group, across all 50 states that are used by over 1,600 local governments. To learn more and have your government agency gain better transparency and efficiency in purchasing, please visit www.bidnetdirect.com/buyers.

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