NPI Announces PlanetBids as an AEP® eProcurement Certified platform

Written by kimberlyc

May 9, 2024

The National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI) has qualified PlanetBids as compliant with all the requirements necessary as an eProcurement solution to become an AEP® eProcurement Certified platform.

With this certification, users of PlanetBids can bypass the arduous application criteria related to eProcurement and instead verify their use of functionality from an AEP® eProcurement Certified provider.

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Certified platforms must demonstrate compliance in:

Electronic Sourcing (AEP® Criteria 7b)

  • Online vendor registration
  • Automatic vendor notification of solicitation opportunities
  • Posting of the solicitation online for vendor review
  • Online vendor responses
  • Posting of the resulting solicitation tabulations and award documentation.

Electronic Evaluations and Automated Scorecard: (AEP® Criteria 7c)

  1. Online review and scoring of proposals
  2. Digital notices to evaluators of required evaluations and deadlines
  3. Digital scorecards that automatically calculate individual scores, provide for comments and notes, and provide a means to qualify and/or rank respondents.

“The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) award is a prestigious annual award that recognizes organizational excellence in public procurement. Winning the AEP award demonstrates to leadership, governing bodies, and the public that the organization exceeds the highest standards in procurement” said Ria Diaz, Director of Client Services for Planet Bids.

“PlanetBids upholds that same drive for excellence by providing procurement professionals innovative solutions within eProcurement. We’re honored to be recognized as an eProcurement solution with the same goals of providing organizational excellence within public procurement.

Being certified by NPI will allow us to demonstrate the trust and greater transparency for the agencies we serve, giving them peace of mind that they’re working with a trusted AEP Certified provider.”

“We are excited to see PlanetBids continue to lead the eProcurement industry and provide innovative solutions to its clients” said Brian Garrity, AEP Officer for NPI. “Congratulations to PlanetBids on this achievement!”

About NPI

The National Procurement Institute, founded in 1968 as a non-profit organization, serves public procurement professionals internationally. NPI is focused on leading excellence in public procurement. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award, established by NPI in 1995, recognizes organizations that demonstrate commitment to innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership attributes.