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Government Buyers: Meet Diversity Targets, Find Nearby Suppliers and Eliminate RFIs by Email

Press release date: August 18, 2014

NIGP Forum Offers Opportunity for Purchasers to Test’s free solutions on Supplier Discovery Challenges

Philadelphia, PA — Government/public sector buyers hard pressed to find the right new suppliers to bid on new commodities or on existing projects now have a solution. The over 700,000 manufacturers, distributors and service companies available on the platform give these buyers the ability to find local and diverse suppliers of a broad range of commodities including grounds maintenance, lab testing supplies, industrial machinery and safety equipment.

During the NIGP Forum August 23-27 in Philadelphia, participants will learn how to use Supplier Discovery to create a targeted list of trusted suppliers and view in-depth profiles which include capabilities, equipment lists, product information, brands carried, demographics, ownership and diversity information, quality certifications and video plant tours and product demonstrations to help in the decision to add suppliers to the shortlist.

The free platform has five other applications including the latest Diversity application, one of the largest free databases of woman-owned, minority, disadvantaged and small businesses with downloadable certificates and Product Sourcing with over 100 million raw materials, component parts, finished equipment and MRO products. Productivity tools are accessible throughout the platform to save profiles, create and export supplier shortlists, and send Requests for Information (RFI).

Kristin Carty, Audience Outreach Manager at, and her colleagues will demonstrate the platform at booth #826. Ms. Carty is also available to consult with purchasers’ organizations through free custom webinars and on-site training. For more information, please contact her at

About , part of Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. is the leading platform for supplier discovery and selection of OEM, MRO and other products and services. The platform serves procurement professionals, engineers, plant and facility management and other buyers from corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, the military and small businesses. It also serves manufacturers, distributors, and service companies throughout North America who want to connect and do business with these buyers. Buyers of industrial products and services can connect to ThomasNet News from


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