Portland Launches Purchasing & Vendor Registration

Jul 15, 2000 by Dani Stoehr

eBid Systems Creates “Paperless Contracting” Solution
for City of Portland, OR

For the Bremerton Sun

Seattle, WA – July 15, 2000. – eBid Systems, a leading provider of hosted contract
sourcing and management solutions for government and construction organizations,
is pleased to announce the City of Portland, Oregon will utilize its Supplier Relationship
Portal application.

Public agencies are faced with mounting pressure to cut costs while enhancing services
to their citizen and business constituents. In the business-to-government arena,
the bid and proposal process is often characterized by a costly and time consuming
process of advertising in print media, manually creating supplier lists, and distributing
bid documents, often to hundreds of prospective bidders.

The City of Portland’s, Bureau of Purchases, has engaged eBid Systems in a pilot
test of the Supplier Relationship Portal application for Professional, Technical,
and Expert (PTE) services and construction procurement. With hundreds of prospective
companies vying for these business opportunities, the Bureau of Purchases is currently
faced with the cumbersome task of accepting hardcopy supplier registration forms,
mailing out notifications of new opportunities, manually adding interested suppliers
to a bidder’s list, and then printing and distributing copies of bid documents and
addenda. With eBid Systems’ solution, the registration and document distribution
process are handled entirely online.

“The adoption of our Supplier Relationship Portal Internet solution by several key
customers is a validation of our business model and technology,” said Keith Jones,
President of eBid Systems. “By providing a hosted solution, we give our customer’s
the ability to achieve rapid implementation without requiring a significant commitment
of scarce Information Technology resources. We offer our customer’s a compelling
value proposition where they can achieve a payback on their investment in a matter
of months. We also give our customers the ability to customize a solution that can
be seamlessly integrated with their existing business process.”

About eBid Systems – eBid Systems provides an integrated suite of contract sourcing
and management solutions to industry and public agencies. Contact eBid Systems at
206-855-8430 or visit our Web site at www.ebidsystems.com.