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Allied Van Lines
Alpha Building Corporation
America To Go, L.L.C.
American Express
American Hotel Register
American Seating Co
B&H Photo Video
The Baker Company
Beckman Coulter
Bentley Mills, Inc.
Bourdons Institutional Sales, Inc.
Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Claridge Products & Equipment, Inc
Complete Book and Media Supply
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
ESM Solutions Corporation
FedEx Corporation
Ferguson Enterprises
Filtration Concepts
Food Services Program
Getinge USA INC
Glidden Professional
Global Industries
GovConnection, Inc.
The Graebel Companies
Grainger - Scientific Safety Supplies
Grainger, Inc.
Hamilton Scientific
Henry Schein Dental, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc.
Hertz Corporation
HighTower Group, L.L.C.
HireRight, Inc.
Irwin Seating Company
Juniper Networks, Inc
Matheson Tri-Gas
Matrix Fitness Systems
Mayflower Transit
McGladrey LLP
Micro Video Instruments, Inc.
MityLite Inc.
Mobile Modular
National Car Rental
NCSPlus Incorporated
Neta Scientific
North American Van Lines
Nouveau Construction & Technology - Energy Conservation
Nouveau Construction & Technology - JOC
Nurture By Steelcase
OReilly Auto Parts
PanAm, Inc.
Procurex, Inc.
SatCom Global Inc
Schindler Elevator Corporation, U.S.A.
School Health Corporation
SciQuest, Inc.
Shaw Sports Turf
Shelby Williams
Sherwin-Williams Company
SKC Communication Products, LLC
Southwest Contract
Specialty Underwriters
Spikes Cavell Analytic Inc.
Sprint Solutions, Inc
SSC Service Solutions
Steelcase Inc.
Steris Corporation
Tandus Flooring US, L.L.C.
Technology Integration Group (TIG)
Transformations Furniture, Inc.
Transportation Logistics Management, Inc
Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance/WTI
United Van Lines
University Sleep Products, Inc.
Vantage Point Logistics, Inc.
VWR International
Waynes Roofing, Inc.
Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC

Competitive Solicitation Process

E&I’s Competitive RFP Process strengthens member purchasing power by tapping the experience and expertise of many of the best procurement experts in the country.

Members across the country have worked together to develop our competitve process, ensuring an outstanding program that strives to meet both public and individual institution diversity and compliance requirements.

More than just upfront pricing discounts, this program has real time saving benefits. You don’t have to conduct the RFP process because we do it for you. This means your staff has more time to focus on other strategic issues.

Watch: Cooperative Members Discuss the Competitive Solicitation Process

How it Works – RFP Process Overview


  • E&I’s Senior Vice President of Contracts or designee appoints product /service experts within the E&I organization and Membership to participate in the RFP development and evaluation process.

  • Regular meetings/conference calls are held between the E&I Contracts Department and the RFP Team to identify RFP content, technical specifications, evaluation criteria, and potential suppliers.

  • The RFP clearly states description of products and/or services, evaluation factors, delivery schedule and terms and conditions.

Issuing & Advertising

  • The RFP is issued for a minimum of 30 days to potential suppliers identified by the RFP Team and E&I’s Contracts Department.

  • E&I provides members with an electronic link to the solicitation and members are requested to advertise by the prescribed methods within each state and by member policy.

  • The RFP is posted to the E&I website with the closing time and date.

  • A pre-proposal conference, if required, is held approximately 14 days after the release of the RFP.

  • Any amendments made to the RFP clearly state what has changed. Sufficient time is allowed for participants to respond to the amendments.

  • Participant proposals may be modified or withdrawn at any time prior to the closing of the RFP.

  • Receipt of submitted proposals is chronicled.

Evaluation & Award

  • Proposals are evaluated in accordance with the RFP evaluation criteria.

  • Award is posted to the E&I website.

  • Notifications of award are sent by E&I to all members and RFP respondents.

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