Port of Oakland joins the California Purchasing Group by Bidnet Direct

Port of Oakland joins the California Purchasing Group by Bidnet Direct

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Port of Oakland joins the California Purchasing Group by Bidnet Direct

Registered vendors can access bids, related documents, addendum and award information.

The Port of Oakland announced it has joined the California Purchasing Group and will be publishing and distributing upcoming bid opportunities on the system. Bidnet Direct’s California Purchasing Group connects 27 participating agencies from across California. The purchasing group provides a transparent bid process through which the bid is available to all vendors at the same time. The Port of Oakland invites all vendors to register online at http://www.bidnetdirect.com/california/portofoakland.

The Port of Oakland joined the purchasing group in January 2023. The Port of Oakland will utilize the system to streamline their purchasing process including bid distribution, bid management, and vendor relations. The California Purchasing Group is a single, online location for managing sourcing information and activities and provides 27 local government agencies with the tools needed to have a transparent bid process while minimizing costs and saving time.

“We strive to be as transparent as possible and to give all the information we have about the bid opportunity and the procurement process to all our vendors. By becoming a part of the California Purchasing Group, we can provide all the important and necessary information instantly to our vendors, everything they need is in one spot and they don’t need to contact us to find out details, they can just log in and view everything in real time. This has allowed us to create a more seamless bid process and has provided more participation from vendors across the state,” stated Bill Russell, of the Port of Oakland.

As a participating agency of the California Purchasing Group, it allows the Port of Oakland to expand their vendor pool and enhance vendor competition without increasing distribution costs. To be added to the existing list of vendors on the California Purchasing Group, any suppliers looking to do business with the Port of Oakland can register online: http://www.bidnetdirect.com/california/portofoakland. The Port of Oakland encourages all interested bidders to register today.

Registered vendors can access open bids, related documents, and files, additional addendum, and available award information from all participating agencies. In addition, the California Purchasing Group offers a value-added service to notify vendors of new bids targeted to their business, including all addenda and advance notification of expiring term contracts.

With one click, the Port of Oakland can now see how many vendors match a specific opportunity, how many have downloaded documents, responded and more. The Port of Oakland also has its own, branded page on the public side of the California Purchasing Group in which taxpayers can view all closed bids and any awarded information.

Vendors may register on the California Purchasing Group: http://www.bidnetdirect.com/california/portofoakland. Bidnet Direct’s vendor support team is available to answer any questions regarding the registration process or the bid system at 800-835-4603 option 2.

Other local California government agencies looking to switch from a manual bid process, please contact the California Purchasing Group for a demonstration of the no-cost sourcing solution.

About the Port of Oakland:

The Port of Oakland is a major container ship facility located in Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay. It was the first major port on the Pacific Coast of the United States to build terminals for container ships. As of 2011 it was the fifth busiest container port in the United States, behind Long Beach, Los Angeles, Newark, and Savannah. Development of an intermodal container handling system in 2002 after over a decade of planning and construction positions the Port of Oakland for further expansion of the West Coast freight market share. In 2019 it ranked 8th in the United States in the category of containers.

About Bidnet Direct:

Bidnet Direct, powered by mdf commerce, is a sourcing solution of regional purchasing groups available at no cost to local government agencies throughout the country. Bidnet Direct runs regional purchasing groups, including the California Purchasing Group, across all 50 states that are used by over 1,600 local governments. To learn more and have your government agency gain better transparency and efficiency in purchasing, please visit https://www.bidnetdirect.com/buyers

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