City of Lynnwood
Request for Information 1433
Just in Time Janitorial Supplies
RESPONSE DUE DATE: 2:00 pm Wednesday
February 22, 2006
Dear Janitorial Product Supplier
The City of Lynnwood operates a Central Stores that maintains an inventory of certain items and dispenses
them to all city departments as well as to the City of Mountlake Terrace from a warehouse facility located
at 6204 215th St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. Central Stores does not make deliveries—instead
customers fill and pick up their own orders using a highly efficient barcode system. Janitorial/Electrical
supplies are one category of items included in Central Stores and as a group they represent about 14% of
the dollar volume and 28% of the transactions of Central Stores. In 2005, the value of janitorial/electrical
supplies issued was $96,818.74 in 10,882 transactions. Filling an order for a case of towels and two cases
of tissue would equate to two transactions.
The totals are boosted to $105,555.33 with 11,093 transactions when several additional items are
incorporated into the list.
The City of Lynnwood would like to investigate the economies and efficiencies of engaging a supplier to
make weekly deliveries directly to the end-users rather than maintaining an inventory of these items.
The information provided in response to this Request for Information will be used to determine
if there are suitable contracts already competitively bid and awarded by another public entity in
the United States in which the City of Lynnwood could participate
if suitable contracts do exist, which one best meets our needs when our spending behavior is
whether it may be in the City’s best interests to solicit new bids rather than use a contract
previously awarded by another public entity
if continuing to carry janitorial supplies in Central Stores is our most economical and efficient
In order for a contract to be considered, such contract must meet the following criteria:
Be competitively bid and awarded by a public entity in the United States
Include language that permits the City of Lynnwood to utilize the contract
The sponsoring public entity must be willing to enter into an Interlocal Cooperative Purchasing
Agreement with the City of Lynnwood
Include a price structure for a wide range of janitorial supplies, even those that do not appear on
Lynnwood’s 12 month usage list
The City of Lynnwood requires a full line of janitorial supplies with at least 95% weekly order fulfillment
to approximately 30 potential consignees. Lynnwood envisions establishing a scheduled weekly delivery
date, but not all locations will require deliveries each week. Vendors are not expected to stock shelves, but
are expected to place deliveries in a safe secure location, which includes locked supply closets in some
cases. If Lynnwood goes forward with a just-in-time janitorial agreement, the City of Mountlake Terrace
may make separate arrangements.
Attached is a questionnaire as well as a usage report showing the janitorial supplies that have been issued
during the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005. The list has been augmented with several products
not carried by Central Stores, but typically supplied directly to our Parks or Building Divisions. Provide
contract pricing for all the items listed. Unit price data may be entered in the shaded areas of the attached
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Excel spreadsheet. The City of Lynnwood will validate all unit prices offered to make sure there are no
obvious unit of issue price discrepancies. A supplier may offer more than one submittal provided each
submission independently complies with this Request for Information. Pricing is to be submitted like for
like, no substitutions. Where private label products are listed, price the most similar item. The city
reserves the right to request samples at participant’s expense.
The attached Excel workbook includes several worksheets:
Fill In Price Sheet: This is the worksheet that needs to be filled out and returned both
electronically and in hard copy. Entries may be made only in the shaded areas. Columns are
provided for prices for items exactly as specified (no substitutions) and for alternate items offered
as equals. A column is also provided for bidders to indicate items not recommended for inclusion
in a just-in-time janitorial supply agreement. Prices submitted are to be delivered prices.
Orders by Date: This worksheet shows issues of janitorial items from Central Stores during 2005
by date and is being provided as information only.
Orders by Location: This worksheet shows issues of janitorial items from Central Stores during
2005 by customer location and is being provided as information only.
Consignee List: This worksheet shows a comprehensive list of potential delivery locations based
on 2005 janitorial issues from Central Stores and is being provided as information only.
2005 Janitorial: This worksheet details of each issue made by Central Stores for
janitorial/electrical items during 2005 and includes the prices charged.
Janitorial Inventory: An inventory of Janitorial/Electrical items held by Central Stores on Dec.
10, 2005. This list shows items that Central Stores would like to sell off if Central Stores
discontinues carrying janitorial items.
Responses must be submitted both electronically and in hard copy no later than 2:00 pm Wednesday,
February 22, 2006. Contract pricing shall be submitted in Excel format and the questionnaire shall be
submitted in hard copy.
BRAND NAMES, ALTERNATES, AND SUBSTITUTIONS:
The attached list is comprised of over 240 products, each with a history developed over many years. In
some cases, only the identified brand name items will satisfy the City of Lynnwood’s needs. In others, a
special brand is named indicates the standards of quality, performance, or use desired. Brands of equal
quality, performance, and use shall be considered, provided Vendor specifies the brand and model and
submits descriptive literature. Any bid containing a brand that is not of equal quality, performance, or use
specified must be represented as an alternate and not as an equal, and failure to do so shall be sufficient
reason to disregard the bid.
The City of Lynnwood shall be the sole judge about whether an item submitted as an equal or alternate is
acceptable. The responsibility of demonstrating to the City of Lynnwood’s satisfaction that a product is
“equal” to that specified shall be on the vendor proposing the substitution. The City of Lynnwood has no
obligation to accept proposed substitutions or engage outside consultants or experts to evaluate proposed
Issued January 30, 2006 by
Nancy Woods, C.P.M., A.P.P.
Purchasing Manager - Purchasing and Contracts Division
City of Lynnwood, PO Box 5008, Lynnwood WA 98046-5008
Courier: 20525 60th Avenue, Lynnwood WA 98036
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City of Lynnwood
Request for Information 1433
RESPONSE DUE DATE: 2:00 pm Wednesday
February 22, 2006
1. Piggy-back Contract Opportunity. Is the pricing you are offering based on a contract competitively bid
and awarded by another public entity in which the City of Lynnwood is permitted to participate?
If yes, please provide information about that contract:
Name of Public Entity who
A complete downloadable version of the contract can be found
on the internet at:
(include a hard copy of the contract if it is not available on the
Contract Expiration Date:
Is contract renewable? Yes No
Maximum possible contract extension date:
(indicate the date the last possible extension will expire)
2. Pricing. If you checked “no” in question 1,
prices offered are in effect until
List any exceptions
3. How does your company handle product
4. Does your company have capability or interest in Yes No
accepting electronic payments?
5. If Central Stores discontinues carrying janitorial Yes
items, it will need to liquidate these items. If your No
company becomes Lynnwood’s primary janitorial Conditionally based on:
provider, would you be willing to buy Central _____________________________
Stores janitorial inventory?
6. While Lynnwood envisions a weekly delivery
schedule, would you suggest another plan that might
be better in terms of economy, efficiency, or
service? If so, describe:
7. Does your company offer any other savings ideas
that might be valuable to the City of Lynnwood, for
example a tiered rebate incentive? If so, describe:
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8. Describe technical support and training your
company would provide:
9. Please state Return Policy and conditions that
would cause a restocking fee:
10. State any Minimum Order requirements:
11. State any circumstances where prices would not
12. What is the price structure for other janitorial
items the city may elect to order that are not
13. Are rebates offered? If so, who gets the rebates?
14. How are price changes handled?
15. Do you automatically substitute items? If the
City did not permit substitutes, how would your
system handle this?
16. Can you provide a regular report showing items Yes No
purchased on the “contract list”(i.e. those with the
best discounts) vs. items off the list?
17.If you were in a competitive bidding situation Yes No
today, would your company be likely to offer the
City of Lynnwood a more attractive contract than
the one you are presenting?
The undersigned hereby submits this response to the City of Lynnwood’s Request for Information for
Janitorial Supplies. This must be signed and dated by the vendor or a representative legally
authorized to bind the vendor.
FULL LEGAL NAME OF COMPANY
TYPE OF BUSINESS Corporation Partnership (general) Partnership (limited)
Sole Proprietorship Limited Liability Company
NAME (PLEASE PRINT) TITLE
CITY OF LYNNWOOD UBI
BUSINESS LICENSE NO.
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