New Plymouth-based TenderLink will next March introduce a private tendering network aimed at large organisations.
TenderLink managing director Philip Brown says large corporate companies will be able to access TenderLink’s electronic tendering system and run a private tendering network. TenderLink will transfer their suppliers to the private system so that they can conduct requests for proposal to a set group or run public tenders.
Brown says TenderLink is talking with several large organisations in Australia, where it also operates, including telecommunications companies.
“A lot of them are using manual systems which can’t be targeted. For example, a tender for the supply of PCs could be broken down so that it only goes to the relevant suppliers instead of to all suppliers including the drainage contractors.”
Brown says the private tendering service will be licensed to customer organisations.
“One entity we’re talking to in Australia has 3000 suppliers and they will pay a licence to bring them into our system.”
TenderLink is setting up a supplier showcase where suppliers can profile their business to purchasers seeking a selective tendering process rather than public.
Brown says unlike online marketplaces, the new service will not charge transaction fees.
TenderLink recently set up links to a local government electronic tendering system.