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Is Procurement Abusing the RFP Process?

By February 5, 2016June 26th, 20232 Comments
Philip Ideson procurement RFP

For those that know me well, you will know that my family just welcomed a baby boy into the world! Baby Aidan was born last Wednesday, and joins his brother Tristan in being the kings of the castle in our household!

So using that as an excuse for coming into this week without a subject planned out for the Art of Procurement Friday Show and why this week’s episode may be a little shorter, today’s subject is something that is near and dear to my heart. I want to discuss the RFP, and are we abusing what is and can be a useful tool?

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“As a Buyer I naively felt that just sending an RFP guaranteed that everybody I sent it to would put their best foot forward.”

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  • Enrique E. Garay says:

    I’ve heard that RFx are time consuming for procurement personnel. I agree with the market research aspect but, would procurement benefit from a research tool (investment required) to limit RFx process?

    • Philip Ideson says:

      Hi Enrique,

      I think so. A solid research tool covering Indirect categories of spend is something that I have heard organizations desire, but struggle to find.

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