Note: The message below comes from Kent Allin, Chief Procurement Officer and Director of the Materials Management Division in the Department of Administration.
As many of you know, Admin's Materials Management Division (MMD) issued a solicitation earlier this year for an office supply vendor. A multi-agency evaluation team subsequently analyzed the responses and made its recommendation.
I am now very pleased to inform you that MMD has concluded its negotiations with the recommended vendor and that we will be signing a contract with Innovative Office Solutions (Innovative).
Innovative is a woman-owned business located in Burnsville, Minnesota and is known for its exemplary customer service. As an example, it won the 2009 Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award by the Minnesota Twins and major league baseball. All of us who have interacted with Innovative's personnel through the procurement process have been favorably impressed by their commitment to being a responsive vendor to the State of Minnesota.
Here are some next steps that you will be seeing shortly:
-Contact of agency coordinators by Innovative and Admin regarding the transition from Office Supply Connection to Innovative. We anticipate a phased approach over the course of approximately 90 days. Innovative has indicated its willingness to working directly with agencies to customize its services to agencies' unique needs.
- Development by Innovative of a Minnesota-state-specific web presence for transitional information and ordering.
- Resolution of one unresolved issue regarding large-volume paper purchases. (Several options are currently under consideration.)
- Notification of contact names and numbers within Innovative for your agency's related questions.
We will notify agencies as soon as we have a signed contract. Until then, please refer all questions regarding the contract and Innovative to Lea Halverson (651-201-2444) and all questions regarding Office Supply Connection issues to Scott Stathas (651-201-2570).
Thank you for your past support of the Office Supply
Connection. We look forward to continuing to work with
you as we implement this new model for office supplies.