Why does Procurement spend extra time soliciting bids when my department has already gotten quotes?
Without considering policy, the competitive bidding process allows all interested vendors an opportunity to participate in quotes. You may be unaware of all eligible vendors including diverse and other disadvantaged vendors; another might offer best value. Not only do we remove any biasness, the contracts that result from such processes are legal binding documents that manage risk. Purchasing off-contract, without permissible cause, weakens the bidding process and lessons the impact as it relates to its benefits to Kent State University.