US NAVY’s NEW POLICY FOR OFFICE SUPPLIES

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US NAVY’s NEW POLICY FOR OFFICE SUPPLIES

 user 2006-05-04 at 10:28:00 am Views: 39
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    Navy issues strategic sourcing policy for office supplies
    STarting May 1, Navy employees will have to use the Defense Department’s e-commerce Web portal to place office product orders.
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    M. Etter, the Navy’s assistant secretary for research, development and
    acquisition, recently signed an acquisition policy mandating that
    employees use the DOD EMall or local self-service supply stores to
    purchase most office supplies. Etter said the move would save the
    department money, improve opportunities for small businesses and
    provide the Navy with spend analyses.Exceptions to the policy include
    deployed ships and units.
    There are more than 300 office product
    suppliers on the DOD EMall, including 260 small businesses, Etter said
    in a news release. The local self-service supply stores, also known as
    ServMarts, are primarily operated by the National Institute of the
    Blind.The DOD EMall was developed for military personnel to search for
    and buy supplies. Users can search by military or manufacturer stock
    number, manufacturer name or product category. In a process similar to
    that used by commercial online stores, users fill virtual shopping
    carts with items they want to purchase.
    The policy was developed
    after a Navy commodity council examined how more than $100 million was
    spent by Navy divisions on office products. During the analysis, the
    council sought commercial best practices.