Additionally, the Schedules program offers ordering activities numerous benefits, including:
When placing orders against Schedule contracts, an ordering activity does not need to order the lowest-priced services/supplies. Instead, ordering activities make a best value determination to select services or supplies to meet their needs (to find more on “Best Value” refer to Section 3).
Schedule users have the opportunity to access the latest innovative services and technologies available. Schedule contractors have the ability to submit requests at any time to update their offerings, including a requirement to remove any supplies and services they no longer offer commercially.
GSA forms partnerships with industry experts — from small, innovative companies to Fortune 500 firms — that understand the supplies and services needed by Schedules program customers. Similarly, GSA works with ordering activities to understand their needs. These efforts bring the private sector and ordering activities together in the knowledge supply chain.
GSA negotiates competitive contracts with commercial partners that offer discounts equal to or better than those provided to their best commercial customers.
Schedule contractors may lower contract prices, offer spot discounts, pass along long-term price reductions and/or provide additional concessions.
Seeking additional price reductions and concessions allows the customer to achieve improved prices and delivery terms.