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Mark Your Calendars! FSSI OS3 Virtual Industry Engagement Event Scheduled for December 10.

Do you have questions about the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) Office Supplies - 3rd Generation (OS3) Program or want to offer feedback? If so, we invite you to join representatives from GSA for a virtual meeting on Tues, December 10, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (EDT).  

Please register by December 9th.

You can register for the session using this Registration Form.  

Please note: You will receive an email closer to the date of the event that contains a link to the Adobe Seminar, so be sure to include a valid email address.

Also, please let us know if you are a member of the press when you register.


If you have any questions regarding this event and/or FSSI OS3, feel free to reach out to the OS3 Team here on GSA Interact or at fssi.officesupplies@gsa.gov.

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<div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;">Thank you for your comments and for clarifying your concerns over the phone. &nbsp;Per our discussion, we&#39;ve utilized OS2 transaction data to estimate business volume to ensure that the market basket is appropriately weighted in accordance with anticipated demand. &nbsp;As many part numbers match multiple products, it&#39;s become common practice (at the wholesaler level) to append a 3-letter prefix in front of the part number. &nbsp;For example, Part Number &quot;86700&quot; matches Hammermill copier paper, a NAPA brake rotor, Rigid PVC Tubing and numerous other products -- appending &quot;HAM&quot; in front of the part number has become commonplace. &nbsp;To further help ensure standardization and clarity, GSA is also requesting UPC-A code information on products that have registered UPC-A codes. When selecting the sample part numbers for the market basket, GSA made significant efforts to de-duplicate like items and defaulted to the version of the part number that had the highest reported sales. &nbsp;Where readily available, GSA made further efforts to standardize the product descriptions to existing Industry (i.e. wholesaler catalog) language. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</div><div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;">GSA acknowledges that while necessary, there is significant effort required to complete a proposal for an 853 item market basket. With this fact in mind, we&#39;ve sought to eliminate unnecessary burden by providing the &quot;AutoPopulate&quot; functionality. &nbsp; As we were able to confirm verbally, the &quot;AutoPopulate&quot; macro is working correctly and it should be helpful in completion. It&#39;s important to note that the provided fields (denoted by a purple background) must remain exactly the same for the feature to work; however, you may propose (in fields denoted by a light-yellow background) any item that matches the specifications of the sample part number, with the exception of cases listed in the provided instructions tab. &nbsp;</div><div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</div><div class="gmail_default" style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;">Again, thank you for your comments and feedback. &nbsp;We welcome and appreciate your collaborative efforts to minimize the burden of completion and ensure a level-playing field for all.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><div dir="ltr">&nbsp;</div></div>
<p>Column A in General Office Supplies is problematic.</p><p>The title reads Sample Manufacturer&#39;s Part Number or NSN.</p><p>You have mislabeled Smead&#39;s item number SMDxxxx.&nbsp; The SMD prefix is not part of the Smead item number nor stock number.</p><p>The same holds true for other companies.</p><p>Our database uses the exact manufacturer item number or part number.&nbsp; It looks like you are using United Stationers or SP Richards catalog number.&nbsp; With your prefix, this does not allow access to our databases&#39; true item number or part number.</p><p>Following the instructions, this is what I found.</p><p>In general, after reviewing the &quot;AutoPopulate&quot; code and running it a few times, it is apparent that contractors have to propose the exact same items.</p><p>For example, if you fill the AutoPopulate sheet with dummy values and run it, nothing gets populated.&nbsp; If you throw in some line items from Toner, Paper or General then those rows will populate.&nbsp; In summary, there is no freeform work here...everyone will have to match up their part numbers with the ones in the proposal and fill in all the fields.</p><p>This isn&#39;t too bad if it could be automated efficiently, but that is not feasible considering the time involved.&nbsp; Doing all 855 items individually is equally distasteful.</p><p>A no-win scenario for most of us.</p><p>All this data is present in your system already; the only thing that is not there is the proposed price.</p><p>You should write a translator that could cross reference the part numbers from the various vendors.</p><p>This is going to require a lot of work unless you enable us to let us use our correct stock numbers or item numbers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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