2-15 Consider Auctions

During the Develop Sourcing Strategy task of USPS Supplying Practices Process Step 2: Evaluate Sources, there is an opportunity for the Postal Service to examine whether an auction would be an appropriate method for purchasing a good or service. Auctions are not stand-alone events; they are an integral part of the overall purchasing process, so it is critical that any electronic auction process fit within an overall purchasing strategy. Successful auctions require careful planning. The Postal Service must ensure that spend, market, and business analyses have been completed to have a successful auction experience.