21912 Purchasing Department

Find 21912 purchasing departments and procurement offices. Purchasing departments provide information on purchasing, procurement, purchase orders, RFPs, FRQs, bidding, contracts and contracting, proposals, evaluations and processes.

Cecil County Purchasing Department 218 North Street Elkton MD 21921 13.2 miles from 21912 410-996-5395

Chester County Purchasing Department 2 North High Street West Chester PA 19380 39.0 miles from 21912 610-344-6325

Baltimore Purchasing Department 111 North Calvert Street Baltimore MD 21202 43.3 miles from 21912 410-396-3616

Lancaster County Purchasing Department 50 North Duke Street Lancaster PA 17602 50.0 miles from 21912 717-299-8258

Cherry Hill Purchasing Department 820 Mercer Street Cherry Hill Mall NJ 08002 54.7 miles from 21912 856-488-7848

Howard County Purchasing Department 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia MD 21046 55.0 miles from 21912 410-313-6370

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About Purchasing Departments

How do vendors learn about contracting opportunities?

For small-scale contracts, the Purchasing Department will typically contact vendors directly for the purpose of obtaining quotes. For larger contracts, RFP or bid announcements are usually posted in local print publications, relevant trade publications, and on the agency's website. Many Purchasing Departments offer online registration that sends email alerts to vendors when RFPs or bid announcements are issued.

Do Purchasing Departments always select the vendor with the lowest priced bid or proposal?

For commodities and other items that are procured using a formal bid process, the lowest priced proposal generally must be awarded the contract. However, a bid must comply with all specifications in the bid documents as well as all insurance and other requirements. Vendors with performance issues on prior contracts may also be disqualified. For RFPs and RFQs, pricing is only one consideration among many in awarding a contract.

May vendors and contractors from other jurisdictions do business with the Purchasing Department?

Purchasing Departments generally accept proposals from outside their jurisdiction's boundaries. In some counties and local governments, the Charter may allow for some preference to local businesses.