It’s that time of year when Government Services Administration (GSA) schedules are in the spotlight. Many federal agencies use these schedules to access discounted products and services that will streamline the federal procurement process. This contract vehicle is particularly important during federal year-end buying season. Every year, agencies scramble to spend their remaining budgets by the September 30 deadline or else lose their funds.
GSA MAS schedules are a fast, easy, and effective contract vehicle for customers and vendors with access to products and services at volume discount pricing. WESCO | Anixter currently holds four MAS GSA schedules for materials/industrial services, information technology, safety equipment, security services and law enforcement.
6 Benefits of a GSA Schedule
If you’re still uncertain about using these schedules during COVID-19, here are six benefits that might persuade you.
1. Eliminate the Public Bid Process.
Using a GSA schedule gives you the opportunity to request multiple quotes from different schedules. You can also review awarded pricing instead of posting the opportunity as a public bid. Believe it or not, the typical time to be awarded a public bid is nearly 300 days.
GSA also offers fair and reasonable pricing that could help you avoid requesting and evaluating multiple quotes for smaller purchases, allowing you to save precious time.
2. Enjoy Fast Delivery
Items can be delivered within 3-5 days in most cases.
3. Save Money
Pre-negotiated GSA schedule pricing is known to be fair and reasonable. Customers may also request special quotes for larger orders, which could result in more savings beyond discounted schedule prices. In some cases, there may be a maximum order limit based on SIN number.
4. Save Time
GSA schedule orders average 15 days for procurement and delivery, while open market purchasing could take up to 268 days.
5. Shop Online
You can conveniently shop 24/7 at GSA Advantage for specific products on the schedule.
6. More Options
WESCO | Anixter can provide more solutions through our GSA MAS schedules to meet your year-end spend goals, including lighting and energy solutions, communications equipment, hardware MRO, security and access control. In addition, we hold a GSA 2GIT BPA – this is GSA’s best-in-class BPA solution for the efficient purchase of commercial off-the-shelf IT hardware. It incorporates enhanced NIST-based supply chain risk management (SCRM) requirements and operational controls that significantly improve GSA’s and its customers’ secure supply chain.
The Greatest Benefit?
GSA schedules make it easier to navigate business with the federal government. Our experienced Government team can help you take advantage of our schedules and federal capabilities during the busiest time of year.