5 RFP Strategies to Find the Best Service Provider

  1. Share your current staffing plan and statement of work with all possible vendors. Review employee sign-in sheets to verify how many workers work each shift. Many incumbents will attempt to inflate the size of the labor force. The client’s responsible for verifying and sharing this info with the bidders.
  2. Share current challenges and successes with bidders to provide more context as they work on their proposals. Some clients may want to get a fresh perspective from bidders, but this can also be a source of misinformation. Similarly, it is easy for bidders to get arrogant, assuming their in-house expertise is enough for a strong proposal with minimal effort. However, you and your current vendor are the only ones who truly know the complexity of your facility. Sharing this data will allow the bidders to think through the issues and provide unique solutions to your facility.
  3. Find out if your potential vendors have any diversity designations. Working with certified minority-owned or women-owned janitorial contractors allows you to meet your 1st tier diversity goals and promotes flexibility and innovation.
  4. Ensure the vendors who bid on your facility are CIMS-certified. To receive this certification, service providers must undergo a comprehensive assessment that validates they can deliver consistent, quality services designed to meet the customer’s needs and expectations. In other words, it helps you to weed out the fraudulent companies that do not have the infrastructure to support your facility.
  5. Let the final bidders present their proposals. This will be a great learning experience, and you will get an opportunity to probe bidders based on key points in their proposals.

Remember that the goal is to find the best partner, not just the lowest bid. Many vendors can give you a low price without understanding the entire commitment. This may result in using less staff than necessary to keep the facility looking great. A smart vendor will be confident to have an honest conversation and offer a tailored solution for you to consider.

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