Port of Seattle Implements Paperless Contracting Solution from eBid Systems

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Seattle, WA — The Port of Seattle has turned to the internet to dramatically reduce their bid solicitation paperwork. They have recently implemented BidServer™ software designed by Bainbridge Island-based eBid Systems, a company specializing in internet contracting solutions for the public sector and construction industry.

BidServer™ enables government agencies to post up-to-the-minute bid solicitations, contracts, specifications and plans directly on their web sites. Potential bidders can search, view, and download information and bid documents directly from the internet. Registration of bidders is handled entirely on-line, and registrants are notified simultaneously via email of any contract amendments, new business opportunities, bid results, and contract awards.

The Port of Seattle saw the internet as an opportunity to save up to $300,000 per year typically devoted to producing and distributing copies of bid documents. “Our marketplace survey shows a potential 70% acceptance of an on-line bidding process. With just a 70% acceptance rate, we expect BidServer™ to pay for itself within a month,” said Senior Contract Administrator, Paul Powell, Jr.

“We’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from vendors,” said Senior Contract Administrator, Paul Powell, Jr.. “It’s fast, accurate and reliable,” said Gary Merlino Construction Vice President, Brian Kittleson, “it’s the wave of the future.”

Visitors can access construction business opportunities via the Port of Seattle’s web site at http://www.portseattle.org/business/default.htm and click on the link labeled Major Construction Opportunities.

eBid Systems is leading a new generation of Application Service Provider companies that not only develop internet software, but also provide internet hosting services and technical support for their software. “By outsourcing the implementation and hosting, we give our customers the ability to achieve rapid implementation at far lower cost than the traditional approach to software licensing that requires a large up-front investment,” said Keith Jones, President of eBid Systems. Customers pay a single annual fee that covers internet hosting, technical support, and software maintenance.

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