Washington D.C. (PRWEB) September 27, 2010
The Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (“DLA”) Information Service has begun notifying over 600 “Open Market Suppliers” on DOD EMALL that their catalogs of products will be removed from the DoD’s online marketplace by October 29, 2010.
According to a memorandum sent to current Open Market Suppliers by the DLA, vendors may return to EMALL once they have been awarded a federal contract for their products.
“Open Market Suppliers on DOD EMALL, and their federal customers are understandably concerned about the removal of their catalogs from such a profitable marketplace,” said EZGSA President Scott Orbach. “Buyers have been able to access products or vendors through EMALL that were ineligible to be on other federal contracts. Those days are over.”
Beyond securing a presence on EMALL, Orbach stated that having a GSA Schedule opens up current Open Market Suppliers to a wider range of opportunities than those available on DOD EMALL.
“While the Department of Defense is far and away the largest federal agencies in terms of size and annual spending, Open Market Suppliers on EMALL should be aware that the DoD is only one of thousands of federal agencies that purchases products and services from vendors in the private sector,” said Orbach. “The quickest and most direct way for Open Market Suppliers to return their products to DOD EMALL is through a GSA Schedule contract.”
Federal agencies spent over $36 billion in FY09 on products and services available through GSA Schedules and that number will increase significantly in FY10 and FY11 due to Recovery Act spending throughout the federal government.
Additional information regarding the GSA Schedule or the removal of Open Market Suppliers from DOD EMALL can be requested by contacting Max Rollinger at (301) 913-5000 x5004 or via e-mail at mrollinger(at)ezgsa(dot)com.
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