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County Education Board Purchases IT Equipment with BidBridge

In this county’s first event with BidBridge, 11 suppliers placed a total of 216 bids over the course of the 1 hour 39 minute bidding event.

The competition between the 11 suppliers led to 146 time extensions and 121 first place turnovers.

With a 14% savings versus budget and a 0.08% between first and second place, the county can feel confident it received true market value for the HP ProCurve Switches.

City of Denver Acquires State of the Art Security Equipment Using eBridge Reverse Auction Platform

Sees a 45 Percent Budget Savings on Walk-Thru Metal Detectors; 27 Percent Savings Overall

DENVER, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — While constructing a brand new courthouse for the merged city/county government, Denver officials were looking for innovative ways to help them procure expensive, high-tech security equipment. To satisfy the new courthouse’s security needs, Denver needed to purchase five pieces of security equipment in varying quantities. The equipment evaluated included whole body imagers, conveyor-type x-ray machines, walk-thru metal detectors and dual- and single-entry employee restricted access turnstile gates.

To assist them in their procurement process, the City of Denver engaged Louisville-based eBridge, a proven eProcurement services provider for the public and private sectors. eBridge facilitates a secure, real-time electronic sealed bid platform that allows suppliers to place multiple bids, which provides an alternative to the public sector’s traditional process of a one price per supplier response.

On July 7, Denver used eBridge’s reverse auction process to procure the high-tech security systems at a competitive price, achieving a 27 percent savings against the overall budget. The savings made it possible for Denver to afford the most cutting-edge, efficient technology for the courthouse.

Denver attained the highest savings on its walk-thru metal detectors, where five suppliers competed, logging 24 bids, six first-place turnovers and 50 time extensions during the reverse auction. A 1.79 percent difference between first and second place serves as proof that the City of Denver reached true market value, saving 45 percent against budget on the item.

eBridge CEO Jim Headlee remarked, “Denver has proven to be a leader in innovative procurement practices. It is exciting to work with a city such as Denver because of its commitment to spending tax payer dollars responsibly.”

About eBridge

Founded in 2005, Louisville-based eBridge provides e-procurement services to both the public and private sectors, including cities, towns, municipalities and the medical, educational and corporate sectors. Through its competitive sourcing and online procurement system, eBridge assists its buyers in achieving true-market value for the goods and services needed for ongoing business operations. Significant cost reductions and procurement efficiencies have allowed eBridge’s buyers to save millions of tax payer, corporate and investor dollars, ultimately producing a positive effect on compressed budgets.

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County Saves 27% on Early Warning System with BidBridge

In the county’s first event with BidBridge, six suppliers competed for the installation of an early warning system for the County.

Suppliers submitted pricing for 5 elements, including 15 2-way electronic digital sirens,  2-part control packages for two control point locations, 15 concrete pole packages, 15 steel pole packages and 15 wood pole packages.  In addition to the hardware, the pole packages included delivery and installation.

The most competitive element of the early warning system proved to be 2-part control packages for the two control point locations.  The six suppliers placed a total of 53 bids, resulting in 13 first place turn-overs and 37 time extensions.  First and second place were separated by only 0.28%, indicating that true market value had been achieved.

Overall, the county enjoyed a 27% savings versus budget on the entire early warning system package.

Tenth BidBridge-Broken Arrow Event Saves 27 Percent against Budget for Electronic Ticket Writers

City in Oklahoma Plans to Use Residual Funds to Purchase More Electronic Equipment for Police Force

Broken Arrow, OK – (7/28/09) – When the City of Broken Arrow, OK recognized the need to equip its police force with electronic ticket writers; there was no doubt in purchasing manager Pat Harrison’s mind that the city would be working with Louisville-based BidBridge, an eProcurement services provider for the public and private sectors, to obtain the devices.

In the past, Broken Arrow had collaborated with BidBridge on several successful bids, including trash bags, an excavator and a rotary mower. In order to help the city attain market value for goods and services, BidBridge facilitates a secure, real-time electronic sealed bid platform that allows suppliers to place multiple bids, replacing the public sector’s traditional process of a one price per supplier response.

The electronic ticket writers the city wanted to purchase would enable police officers to scan the back of an offender’s driver’s license, rather than manually writing down the offender’s information. Procurement of the devices would promote efficiency and expedite the ticket-writing process.

On June 30, the tenth BidBridge-Broken Arrow bid event took place between four suppliers, lasting 37 minutes and logging 46 total bids, 16 time extensions and five first place turnovers. At the conclusion of the event, Broken Arrow saved 27 percent against budget, with a .39 percent gap between first and second place indicating they received market value.

“Our original pricing research for the project returned quotes as high as $240,000, so we amended our budget for the project to reflect that. With BidBridge, the City of Broken Arrow was able to secure a low bid of $174,000,” said Harrison. “Now, we’ll be able to allocate residual funds towards other projects that were put on the shelf due to compressed budgets, including more electronic equipment to keep our police force technologically efficient.”

Peter Langlois, BidBridge Director of Operations, commented: “Broken Arrow’s repeated success is a strong indicator that the BidBridge model is instrumental in saving taxpayer dollars, and we look forward to our continued relationship for future bids.”

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Private California University Purchases IT Equipment Through Reverse Auction Process

The university sought BidBridge to assist in the purchase of IT equipment.  Four suppliers placed 128 competitive bids over the course of the 1 hour 7 minute auction. The competition of the four suppliers led to 52 time extensions and 34 total first place turnovers across the three items of the bid.

The second line item was an Enterprise Tape Library, and on this item alone there were 23 first place turnovers resulting in a 0.18% difference between first and second place. The end result was $18,000 savings versus budget, and a compelling case for the university to award.