GSA makes Commercial Platforms awards

Grainger and Staples are two of the six new companies to have been awarded contracts on the US federal government’s online marketplace initiative.

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Grainger and Staples are two of the six new companies to have been awarded contracts on the US federal government’s online marketplace initiative.

For the past three years, Amazon Business, Fisher Scientific and Overstock.com have been serving federal purchasers as part of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Commercial Platforms Programme (CPP).

In the next round of the CPP – which was delayed by at least two protests – Amazon and Fisher (but not Overstock) are joined by six new suppliers:

  • e-Procurement Services (ePS)
  • Grainger
  • Noble Supply & Logistics
  • Pacific Ink
  • Social Glass
  • Staples

While Grainger and Staples are well-known national resellers, the other four awardees are all small businesses.

CPP Manager Todd Keil called the expansion a “pivotal turning point” in the initiative. Now, the GSA will be working closely with participating agencies to educate them about the expanded pool of new platforms, features and benefits through a series of webinars and one-on-one sessions throughout the remainder of the fiscal year.

New figures released by the GSA show that purchasing through the CPP grew strongly in the 12 months to the end of September 2023.

Total spend and the number of orders doubled to $80 million and 305,000 respectively. The amount spent with small business suppliers grew more than threefold to $25 million while so-called ‘green spend’ rose from $1.8 million in 2022 to $5.2 million in 2023.

The number of participating agencies also rose significantly to 34, of which 14 were designated as ‘large’, representing more than 55,000 buyers.

IT peripherals was the top-selling category, followed by office equipment and supplies, and office furniture.

Washington (DC), USA