SEATTLE, March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Local governments in Wisconsin have started streamlining purchasing processes using an online service from Onvia (NASDAQ:ONVI) , a leading provider of comprehensive market intelligence. Onvia and the Association of Public Purchasers (WAPP) recently signed an agreement that enables all members of WAPP and their registered vendors to use the Onvia DemandStar e-procurement tool at no cost.
“Onvia DemandStar can help local government get more value for Wisconsin taxpayers,” said Linda Dupuis, WAPP president and purchasing manager for the city of Green Bay. “In addition to helping us streamline our processes by maintaining common vendor lists and bid specifications, the Onvia system will let us identify ways to aggregate local buying power.”
Public purchasing agents across the U.S. use the Onvia DemandStar system to automatically notify vendors of RFPs, bids and quotes, post specifications and blueprints online, and track bid activity. Vendors also use Onvia DemandStar to identify government agencies that need their products and services and find associated details and documents. Vendors may register to receive notifications from WAPP members at http://www.onvia.com/WAPP.
“Agency adoption of e-procurement systems will continue to grow,” said Michael Balsam, vice president of products and services at Onvia, “as agencies see how online systems can get them in front of more suppliers and eliminate a lot of copying, mailing, faxing and phone calls.”
The Onvia DemandStar network now includes 400 government agencies in 30 states that enter bids and quotes directly into the DemandStar system.
WAPP was established in 1943 and became an affiliate of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) in 1976. WAPP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the education, technical training and networking needs of state, local, educational and other governmental purchasing officials in the State of Wisconsin.
Onvia (NASDAQ:ONVI) helps businesses achieve a competitive advantage by delivering timely and actionable sales opportunities and information. More than 8,500 subscribers across the United States rely on Onvia as a comprehensive resource for industry-specific information needed to make intelligent sales decisions. Onvia offers unparalleled coverage of government purchasing activity in addition to commercial and residential projects in development for markets such as architecture and engineering, IT/telecom, business consulting services, operations and maintenance, and transportation. Onvia was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
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