OcuBid.com Assists Vision Impairment Agencies Challenged by Budget Cuts with Free Online Bid Management Service

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OcuSource.com, LLC announces the expansion of its online services to the vision impairment industry to include online bid management. A free service to organizations and corporate purchasers who utilize the bidding process, OcuBid (http://www.ocubid.com) is an essential tool created specifically for budget-strapped government buyers.

Many Departments of Rehabilitation require staff to obtain bids for purchases of products and services for individuals with vision impairment when the cost is above a certain threshold. Typically, counselors prepare a paper document, fax or mail the document to several vendors, and then wait for the return of the paper document with the response from each vendor. This paper process is time consuming, costly, and often not effective in obtaining the best pricing due to low competition. OcuBid, specifically designed for the low vision and blindness industry, is free to agencies, organizations, and corporate buyers posting bid opportunities. OcuBid increases the number of bids obtained, eliminates paperwork, and due to increased competition, provides the purchaser the lowest price.

"OcuBid has changed the way vision impairment bidding opportunities are managed," states Dr. Lou Lipschultz, founder and CEO of OcuSource.com, LLC, the parent company of several websites dedicated to the vision impairment industry. "Due to budget cutbacks, many states are looking for ways to purchase at the best price possible," states Lipschultz. "We've been advised that counselors in some states are now mandated to obtain bids for purchases as small as $100. Given the large number of rehabilitation clients in a state, this is a huge increase in workload for counselors already burdened by heavy caseloads. We've created OcuBid specifically for this situation. OcuBid is the exact tool counselors need. With just a few clicks, dozens of vendors are notified that a potential sale is available," states Lipschultz.

A free service to those creating the request for bids (also called RFB's), OcuBid uses the power of the internet to seamlessly communicate with hundreds of vendors of vision impairment-related products and services across North America. Vendors subscribe to OcuBid's notification service for each state in which they sell products. Once a submitter publishes the RFB on OcuBid, vendors servicing that geographic area are notified by OcuBid via email that there is an RFB to be reviewed. Vendors simply log in to OcuBid, view the specifics of the RFB from a list, and enter the price for which they will sell each item. Of course, bidders are aware that other vendors are competing for this sale, so it is in their best interest to supply the items at the best price possible.

The award process is also an easy task for the submitter of the RFB. Once the pre-established bidding timeframe has ended, the bids can be reviewed, allowing the purchaser to simply click on the vendor chosen to supply the items, who is then automatically notified they are the winning vendor. The two then contact each other outside of the OcuBid system to arrange details such as purchase orders.

OcuBid is available for use by agencies, organizations, or corporations. An online demonstration of the site is available at http://www.ocubid.com .

About OcuSource

OcuSource, LLC, the parent company of a family of websites dedicated to assisting the low vision and blindness industry with essential online services. OcuSource's mission is to enhance access to products, information, and services to individuals with vision impairment as well as the professionals who assist them through a set of integrated websites. OcuSource maintains a product and information website (http://www.ocusource.com), auction website for used low vision and blindness equipment (http://www.ocutrade.com), a bid management website (http://www.ocubid.com), and a visual acuity tracking website (http://www.ocutrack.com) (fall-04).

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