The Postal Service™ uses a series of sourcing processes to capture supply data and knowledge in order to build a dynamic supplier base, ensuring continuous improvement of the entire supply chain.
A thorough understanding of the external supplier environment and internal business partner requirements is the foundation of strategy development. Purchase/SCM teams apply supply chain management business practices to both strategic sourcing and individual purchases, as well as examine demand trends, the marketplace, and the supplier community to determine how to achieve best value.
Market Surveillance – We regularly assess drivers of market segments, industry trends, impact of new technology, competitive dynamics, supplier characteristics, and suppliers (national or regional) in a market.
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Publicizing Opportunities – When doing so will enhance competition, we will announce potential business opportunities in the most appropriate and effective media to identify new supply sources to ensure the Postal Service receives the best value.
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Purchase Card Buys – Purchase card policies support local business communities and encourage economic development. When operational needs cannot be satisfied through eBuy — the Postal Service online tool for ordering goods and services or other electronic ordering systems — area contracts and ordering agreements, which generally represent our lowest total cost of acquiring equipment, supplies, and services, the purchase card serves as the primary means of buying and paying. Cardholders are encouraged to seek out and use SMWOBs when making credit card buys to meet their day-to-day operational needs.
Cardholders must attempt to obtain the best value for the Postal Service on each purchase by evaluating the price, quality, and other factors necessary to meet the need. Best value is the objective of every Postal Service supplying activity and the basis for award of Postal Service contracts.
In today’s Postal Service™, innovation and sustainability are important in all aspects of the business. We apply new ideas to our structure, processes, products, and services to become a leaner, faster, and smarter organization. As technology and customer needs change, we continue to rely on the creativity and innovation of the entrepreneurial community to help us do this and keep the Postal Service on the path of long term sustainability.
The Unsolicited Proposal Program (UPP) provides companies and entrepreneurs the opportunity to submit new technologies or ideas to improve postal operations. An unsolicited proposal is the offer to sell the rights to ideas, concepts, products, processes, or technology to the Postal Service. It is considered unsolicited because it is not submitted in response to a solicitation, request for proposal (RFP), or any other Postal Service-initiated solicitation or program. The UPP guidelines are available in Publication 131, available on the “Supplier forms and publications” page.
Along with price, quality, and delivery standards, the Postal Service will continue to explore innovative and sustainable supply chains, from Initial evaluation of the requirements and specifications of what we buy to how we transport, warehouse, fulfill, consume, reuse, recycle, and dispose. Suppliers who focus on innovation and sustainability have a competitive advantage in today’s supply market.
We promote supplier development and diversity amongst prime suppliers through our subcontracting policy that specifically addresses subcontracting with SMWOBs.
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The Postal Service™ offers learning opportunities for employees and suppliers to reinforce success and drive performance. All employees responsible for supply management participate in training related to supplier diversity. Through various media and outreach, the Postal Service, in collaboration with suppliers…