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Attention Industry: Revised Market Basket for Your Review

Hello,

The FSSI JanSan Team is gearing up to release the final RFQ. In advance of the public release, we ask that you review and comment on the revised market basket. 

Please carefully review the item descriptions - we want to know if they make sense or if you feel improvement is needed.  Are the descriptions clear? Should more information be provided, etc.? When suggesting improvements, be specific so we can make any necessary revisions. And be sure to include the item Reference ID so we know exactly to which item you are referring. 

Please submit comments by August 1, 2013.

Thank you for your continued support!!!

FSSI JanSan Team

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FSSI JanSan Blogger

Questions from the General Email Box
Greetings. The following questions were submitted by community members via the general email box. GSA’s responses follow. Please feel free to inquire further about the information provided. When posting a comment, please reference the question number to ensure accuracy of the response. There are a total of 5 comments.

 

Thank you.

 

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Comment: #1
CC040: What type of dispenser is this (manual or touch-free)? In what type of working environment would it be needed? Touch-free is optimal in some settings (e.g., healthcare) but not a good fit in others (e.g., barracks latrines).

GSA Response
Hand Sanitizer Dispenser, Touch-free, Size 1200mL

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Comment: #2
CC042, CC043, CC046: What is the difference between these products? Formulation? Dispenser type?

GSA Response
CC042: Hand Sanitizer Refill, 1200mL, Gel
CC043: Hand Sanitizer Refill, 1200mL, Foam, White, 2/Carton
CC046: This item has been removed.  

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Comment: #3
CC047, CC057, CC058: What is the difference between these products? Formulation? Color?

GSA Response
CC047: Instant Hand Sanitizer, Clear, 8 oz., Pump Bottle, 12/Carton
CC057: Instant Hand Sanitizer, Blue Color, Scented, 8 oz., Pump Bottle, EA
CC058: Instant Hand Sanitizer, Clear, 8 oz., Pump Bottle, EA

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Comment: #4
Is the color Blue in CC057 referring to the formula or the package? Does it mean w/ Aloe?

GSA Response
See response above. Refers to color only.

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Comment: #5
Is it correct to assume that UOM is not synonymous with UOI? Most of the items identified as ‘eaches’ are not sold in ‘eaches’ – but rather cases. A lot of distributors are asking us about this.

GSA Response
Contractors must quote the UOM listed on the quote sheet. Other combinations may be offered later in the non-market basket.

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bcd3031

We believe that NM202  - Chair Mats & NM203 – Chair Mats are office supply products and do not fall under any of the SIN numbers for this RFQ. Please advise on how these items are classified as JanSan products?

FSSI JanSan Blogger

These items will be removed from the Market Basket. Sorry for the delayed response.

pencil83054

Will GSA be providing consolidated usage for all of the items in the market basket (by sku number)?

FSSI JanSan Blogger

At this time JanSan does not have usage data for items in the JanSan market basket.

bcd3031

2  Questions/ Concerns:

1.       We are having difficulties completing some categories at 100%.  The following items CC055, CC099, NM004, NM119, NM136, NM198, & NM200 we are having difficult in finding a source for.  We have reached out to others in the industry and they are having the same issues by not knowing who the manufacturers of these items are. Is it possible for a list of manufacturer for these items can be provided? Will FSSI remove these items off the RFQ list if mutliple contractors can not supply or find a comparable item?

2.       We are not able to find an AbilityOne or TAA compliant supplier for microfiber.   We would like to have clarification on microfiber items being requested, are non TAA complaint items going to be accepted because most microfiber items are produced on China which is not TAA compliant.  Majority of the manufacturers who provide microfiber products get these products from China.  Please advise.

FSSI JanSan Blogger

With regard to question #1, we offer the following response:

CC055: This item will be removed from the Market Basket.

CC099: Market Basket description updated to:Oil Aroma Therapy Dispenser with Metered & Mounting Capability for 6.6 oz. Canister Air Freshener

NM004: This item will be removed from the Market Basket.

NM119: This item will be removed from the Market Basket.

NM136: Market Basket description updated to: Spill Containment Berm, 4' x 6' x 8", Flexible Neoprene Rubber, One-Piece, Does Not Require Assembly or Inflation

NM198: Market Basket description updated to: Water Filter Cartridge, 5 Microns, 2.5” x 9.75”, 8 GPM Flow Rate, 170 F Max Temperature, 2/PK

NM200: Market Basket description updated to: Rags or Cloth Towels, White, 250 Rags per 50 lb Bale

FSSI JanSan Blogger

With regard to Question #2, could you please provide further clarification? Does the comment pertain to the raw microfibre material or the finished cloths? TAA compliance is based on substantial transformation, so it is possible to have TAA compliant microfibre cloths if they are substantially transformed in a TAA signature country.

bcd3031

Will the FSSI RFQ now allow a small business to use all of its schedules to meet the 100% in any category?

Will the CO of the 73 and 75 schedules, along with AbilityOne CO be made aware of what products will be allowed on a schedule? In fact, can the FSSI team when they add the new column simple list the schedule they will allow?

This will signal to all regarding how we should load products so that we can properly respond to the FSSI RFQ. Point is the products have been on 73 for years where buyers have requested  73 response. We must inform buyers about the 75 adds. Will this be done?

FSSI JanSan Blogger

JanSan has targeted several Special Item Numbers (SINs) on Schedules 51 V, 73 and 75 (see draft RFQ posted May 17, 2013).  To quote on the RFQ, products must be on one of these schedules within the designated SINs.  Products added to the Multiple Award Schedule contracts in anticipation of quoting on the RFQ must be within the scope of the schedule.  A column is being added to the quote sheet for contractors to indicate the corresponding contract number for each product.  Contractors do not have to quote on all four categories; but do have to quote on 100% of the items within a category.  Items quoted within the category may come from any of the three schedules listed above.

Pongois

Draft Market Basket Paper

Review

We  would like to thank you for giving us an opportunity to participate in providing suggestion and comments to your draft JanSan BPA Paper Market Basket.  Our questions and suggestions are as follows below:

1.   How will all pools be awarded?  The most economical cost saving method of use in the JanSan product offerings are not being address.  For example product offerings using controlled paper system dispensers are not included in this BPA but yet commercially these systems have been proven to save commercial customers up to 40% in cost. Without addressing and requiring these types of products, your cost savings goals are in trouble.  We suggest you do a complete review of your paper requirements to include the most commercially used products addressing controlled paper dispenser systems in your market basket.

2.  The most economical cost saving method of purchasing Paper Products and Related Dispensers is to use controlled use Paper System dispensers and product(s).  The Department of Veterans Affairs has adopted this program and has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars using this system. With your current market basket, the Department of Veterans Affairs stands to lose thousands of dollars using these antiquated towel(s).   Your multi fold, c-fold, center pull and trifold towels are very costly because of the way they are used, packaged, and has no controlled use system. The controlled use system is very cost effective and puts less waste into the waste cycle meeting and exceeding Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.  Using multi fold, c-fold, and center pull and trifold towels adds at least 50% to the waste cycle and will not meet Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.

3.  Your requested market baskets for all pools are entirely too large and many items can to considered to be brand specific because of the required packaging and or descriptions.  The packaging requirement should be re-valuated, product(s) spec/description need to become generic in nature and a smaller  market basket  included for this BPA to become cost effective to the customer as well as meeting the required Executive Orders.

4.  Every manufacture that offers Bathroom tissue has 1 ply and 2 ply product as well as single and jumbo roll sizes.  To require each contractor to provide 18 different sizes including the AbilityOne products, types and packaging is neither cost effective nor practical.  Four commercial product offerings and five AbilityOne products in this area would greatly enhance the cost effectiveness as well as cover the 1 and 2 ply type products and the single and jumbo size product offerings. The toilet tissue dispenser offering will not meet or work with your require market basket of Bathroom Tissue.

5.  The Facial Tissue is not a JanSan Item(s), it is not purchase by the Environmental Services of many federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and to require the contractor to offer 15 different sizes types and packaging including AbilityOne products is neither cost effective nor practical.  This product type should be dropped out of the market basket or reduced to a total of 6 products offerings including AbilityOne.

6.  Every day the requirements for multi fold, c-fold, and center pull and trifold towels become less of requirement and these towels are not cost effective, nor do they meet the intent of Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.  The control systems of roll towels save each and every customers 30%to 40% cost comparing the use of c-fold, center pull and trifold towels.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs alone has converted an estimated 85% to 95% of their facilities to controlled use system and using anything but these systems will increase their cost 30%-40% and will not meet the Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.  The controlled use system should be address in this BPA and all non-controlled use towels should be dropped from the market basket with the exception of the AbilityOne products, allowing the few requirements for these towels to be met.

7.   The market basket does not address the environmentally preferable content of these products, nor are all manufactures products equal in this area.  If a customer is required to use a product of lesser value in the environmentally preferable area (i.e. 40% recycle product compared to 100% recycle product) then they are currently using, the Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 is not being met.  We request this requirement be re-valuated and a fair but detailed system of evaluating environmentally preferable content be a required item of this BPA.

By making these few changes, we believe your cost saving goals will be met, the chance of possible protest(s) reduced, and the your federal agencies will be incompliance with Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.

Thank you,

FSSI JanSan Blogger

The Market Basket is not intended to restrict or limit what is available for federal agencies to purchase. The Market Basket was developed based on items that are purchased in the highest volume by the federal government. Other items such as dispensers or varying sizes/quantities within the scope of the Market Basket may be offered in the non-market basket once a contractor is awarded a BPA in that category.  

 

To allow contractor’s the ability to cover breadth and depth of Market Basket items we grouped the commodities into four separate categories. Contractors are not required to quote on all four categories but must quote on 100% of the items within a category.     

The Quote sheet is being revised to indicate minimum standards for BioPreferred and CPG items.

swansoc

Will any additional response to the original questions be provided regarding the lead times, Berry Amendment etc that were still left unanswered before the final RFQ is submitted?  Review of the market basket and product offerings are highly dependent upon those question responses.

FSSI JanSan Blogger

GSA is working on responses regarding the market basket and will post them as soon as possible.  Berry Amendment requirements will not be included in JanSan; however, the Berry Amendment is applicable to DoD orders place against the MRO vehicle.  Standard Delivery time will be 5-7 days.

Pongois

Where do we send our comments?

FSSI JanSan Blogger

You can post questions or comments in response to this blog here on GSA Interact, or send them to fssi.jansan@gsa.gov.

FSSI JanSan Blogger

Recent Comment from JanSan Member:
In researching the products on the Paper Products tab of the JanSan Market Basket we noticed that item PP84, Safety Absorbent Multi-Purpose Spill and Leak Pad 30” X 150” would be more suited to appear in the Cleaning Compounds tab.

Response:
Thank you for your feedback.  Since we actually have another absorbent pad and a berm under the Non-Motorized Equipment category we are going to move Reference ID #PP84 from the Paper Products and Related Dispensers category to the Non-Motorized Cleaning Equipment and Trash Receptacle category.

GSA's JanSan Team

pencil83054

Here is a listing of items that appear to be more MRO rather than Jan San                                                                                      

MRO Type Products  
NM06 Breaker Kit, Vacuum, For Use in Urinals and Toilets
NM119 Repair Kit, Toilet, For Use W ith Flush Valves, 4.5 GPF, 4.8 Ounces
NM120 Replacement Cartridge For W aterfree Urinals, 20 Cartridges, 20 Diverter Shields, 20 Sealant Packs, 1 Metal Cartridge Removal Key, 5 Gloves, 5 Disposal Bags, An
NM135 Spec Patches Pkg Of 1000, Unbleached Flannel Patches, 223 Mil
NM136 Spill Containment Berm, 4' x 6' x 8"
NM183 Vacuum Breaker, 3/4", Brass, 125 Max Pressure, 180 Degree Max Temp
NM184 Vacuum Cartridge Filter for W et/Dry Vacuum, Round, 7.5" H X 7.8" Outer Diameter
CC55 Hydration System Cleaning Tablets, 8 Tablets /Box
CC70 Oil, Vacuum Pump, For Cleaning Vacuum Pumps, 2Lbs, 1Qrt
MF48 Vacuum Head, for W et/Dry Vac, to be mounted on 55 Gal Drum (not included), 14" H x 23" L x 23" W
MF49 Vacuum Pump Oil, Mineral, 1 Qt, 100 Grade
MF50 Vacuum Cartridge Filter for Wet/Dry Vacuum, Round, 7.5" H X 7.8" Outer Diameter
FSSI JanSan Blogger

Please see our responses regarding each item listed:

MRO Type Products
 

NM06

Breaker Kit, Vacuum, For Use in Urinals and Toilets

This item has been removed from JanSan

NM119

Repair Kit, Toilet, For Use W ith Flush Valves, 4.5 GPF, 4.8 Ounces

This item will remain on JanSan as NM119

NM120

Replacement Cartridge For W aterfree Urinals, 20 Cartridges, 20 Diverter Shields, 20 Sealant Packs, 1 Metal Cartridge Removal Key, 5 Gloves, 5 Disposal Bags, An

This item will remain on JanSan as NM120

NM135

Spec Patches Pkg Of 1000, Unbleached Flannel Patches, 223 Mil

This item has been removed from JanSan

NM136

Spill Containment Berm, 4' x 6' x 8"

This item will remain on JanSan as NM136

NM183

Vacuum Breaker, 3/4", Brass, 125 Max Pressure, 180 Degree Max Temp

This item has been removed from JanSan

NM184

Vacuum Cartridge Filter for W et/Dry Vacuum, Round, 7.5" H X 7.8" Outer Diameter

This item has been moved to Category #4 - Reference ID MF50

CC55

Hydration System Cleaning Tablets, 8 Tablets /Box

This item will remain on JanSan as CC55

CC70

Oil, Vacuum Pump, For Cleaning Vacuum Pumps, 2Lbs, 1Qrt

This item has been moved to Category #4 - Reference ID MF70

MF48

Vacuum Head, for W et/Dry Vac, to be mounted on 55 Gal Drum (not included), 14" H x 23" L x 23" W

This item will remain on JanSan as MF48

MF49

Vacuum Pump Oil, Mineral, 1 Qt, 100 Grade

This item will remain on JanSan as MF49

MF50

Vacuum Cartridge Filter for Wet/Dry Vacuum, Round, 7.5" H X 7.8" Outer Diameter

This item will remain on JanSan as MF50

 

pencil83054

After reviewing the listing of items, there appears to be approximately 20 items that should also be listed as AbilityOne.  These are items with description but instead of having AbilityOne printed in the part number field, the field is empty.  My question is related to "B" List ETS items - many of which are not supported by either of the wholesalers.  Looking for GSA to provide guidance for items that we have matched as being ETS to AbilityOne "B" list items.  I will send a spreadsheet of these items into the FSSI Jan San Contracting Group -

FSSI JanSan Blogger

Once the spreadsheet is received we will work with AbilityOne to respond.

FSSI JanSan Blogger

Hello,
The JanSan team is interesting in reviewing your spreadsheet. Can you please send it by COB today to either JoAnn Stanley at joann.stanley@gsa.gov or Steve Nieswiadomy at steve.nieswiadomy@gsa.gov?

Thank you,

GSA's JanSan Team

 

pencil83054

There seems to be some items that would be more appropriate for the MRO BPA.  Just one example would be the water filter for a water fountain.  Not really a Jan San item, but it would make sense that as a replacement filter would be more of a maintenance item than a commodity item.  If you would like specifics, I will make notes and send them to you

FSSI JanSan Blogger

For the JanSan Team to properly review, please provide the Reference ID number, item description and brief justification of each item you feel would be more appropriate in MRO. 

bcd3031

TEN QUESTIONS IN RESPONSE TO
Attention Industry: Revised Market Basket for Your Review
Submitted by FSSI JanSan Blogger on Friday, July 19, 2013 - 9:31 AM

QUESTION 70...

Can the FSSI Team bid out the margins among the Master Distributors of AbilityOne to establish a fix margin base for the small businesses so we can work from firm cost base on AbilityOne products to compete for the FSSI RFQ? With all the fees (close to 7% - IFF, AbilityOne, Credit Card Processing, FSSI Fee) and shipping and all the upfront admin cost to meet the requirements of the FSSI... a small business will be running tight margins - no surprised. But it appears that the AbilityOne Master Distributors / Manufacturers have the real margins and we have few options in accepting costs that are given to us.

Thought... by requiring AbilityOne authorization in the RFQ, there are no other channels to access other than AbilityOne Master Distributors and their pricing to the small business are on the high side starting out because no one knows what's in the final RFQ and we are forced to establish GSA pricing using these costs... many Master Distributors are gearing up to meet market basket expectations and everything is volume leveraged when we do not know the commitment level associated with the FSSI BPA award.

Why can't GSA assess the Master Distributors in the channel and then provide a list that meet the merits of this procurement and confirm that they qualified as a FSSI logistical partner to support small business in this procurement and understanding their costing to the channel. Can FSSI take the time to bid among the AbilityOne Master Distributors... so we know which one's are creditable to the FSSI TEAM?

QUESTION 71...
We see changes in the EXCEL input sheets and on the surface... they look and feel better. A fundamental improvement might be to split the sheet in two and just group all AbilityOne products in the top half and the all non-AbilityOne products in the lower half. This way we know, all the products on the top have to come from AbilityOne manufacturer or Master Distributor. Further, as we continue loading AbilityOne products to our GSA Schedule to establish a GSA Suggested price, can FSSI clarify and provide an example of how to handle the .0075 IFF FEE and the .0125 FSSI FEE ? Should both be included in the GSA Suggested price? This must be known to properly establish a Proposed FSSI BPA Price - recording the proper discount off the GSA Suggested price.

Products that are not AbilityOne, we have the GSA Suggested price on GSA currently. Issue is where to we show the .0125 FSSI FEE to properly record the discount of GSA Suggested price which one would assume is to be included in the Proposed FSSI BPA Price. Current BPA pricing absorbs the .0075 IFF FEE and we can properly record the percent off GSA pricing because it is built in up front.

NOTE: Please help us with the QUESTION 71 because we have to get these fees right to get to the aggregate discounts.

QUESTION 72...
We in JAN - SAN see the foot print of office products on a lot of the FSSI DRAFT RFQ and we just caution the team to consider the uniqueness of Jan San when it comes to shipping... shipping chemicals and the requirements for such. Many of the chemicals simply do not ship in units of measures like "EA" - it is mainly cases. Can we get clarification on this -column 3? If you want the breakdown to compare pricing at the "EA" level... maybe we should call it something else like UOC = Unit of comparison and let us offer the unit of shipment that is most appropriate in another column? Also... can there be a minimum case requirement ?

QUESTION 73...
The caption on the EXCEL input sheet is requesting that we offer "TBM" or "the best match" which we assume the TBM must be on our GSA Schedule and USA made... is this correct? Will FSSI TEAM consider "best value" in allowing "TBM" ? There are products that might have a better cost in use and save and can be deemed TBM. If we have such a product... can an addendum be allowed in the FINAL RFQ?

QUESTION 74...
Will FSSI be clear on its treatment of acceptable JAN - SAN products (micro-fiber) coming out of China? There are cost savings with these products and the industry as a whole is procuring cost effective products from China. Right now... many products from China are on the GSA Schedules... companies like Rubbermaid promote them. Point is, if the government will still be allowed to buy products from China under some understanding... let's make that public so we know how to source quality products at the lowest price. If it is USA only... we are certainly okay with that... "MIT-USA" -Made In The USA

QUESTION 75...
Is the FSSI TEAM promoting green in the market basket products and does green fall under a "best match" status? Does having green listed provide a benefit to the FSSI goal and will be given better consideration in the FINAL RFQ?

QUESTION 76...
Can there be a list provided of the federal agencies who have committed to support this FSSI RFQ? Will the FSSI BPA be mandatory? We are hearing yes , maybe, and no???

QUESTION 77...
Is it correct to assume that most orders for this JAN SAN BPA will be P-Card orders...??? And if so, will limits change on P-Cards to accommodate larger orders or will large orders go thru Austin??? Or will large orders still be bid out based on volume? If there are scheduled orders, will they be P-Card only?
Will users be encouraged to use GSA Advantage to make their procurements...???

QUESTION 78
Please confirm about name changes with AbilityOne? If there are... will the SKILLCRAFT Brand be the same? And if so... will codes be changing? We are trying to assess the cost of change and to be okay with old and new inventory and how that will be managed? No one wants to buy old if new is out there???

QUESTION 79
Who is actually paying for the FSSI .0125 fee? Right now the government pays the .0075 fee because we add it onto our price after the discount is established. We all are debating this FSSI .0125 fee... if the vendor is paying, what is it for? No one has said what the .0125 fee is for?

QUESTION 80
What is the role of stephen.nieswiadomy@gsa.gov ? Is this CO replacing joann.stanley@gsa.gov as the CO for this FSSI RFQ?

Thanks!

FSSI JanSan Blogger

QUESTION 70...

Can the FSSI Team bid out the margins among the Master Distributors of AbilityOne to establish a fix margin base for the small businesses so we can work from firm cost base on AbilityOne products to compete for the FSSI RFQ? With all the fees (close to 7% - IFF, AbilityOne, Credit Card Processing, FSSI Fee) and shipping and all the upfront admin cost to meet the requirements of the FSSI... a small business will be running tight margins - no surprised. But it appears that the AbilityOne Master Distributors / Manufacturers have the real margins and we have few options in accepting costs that are given to us.

Response:
Assuming "master" distributors are the wholesalers, we have no control over how much the wholesalers mark-up AbilityOne items.  As a result, we can't set a standard cost base that every distributor would apply its mark-up to.  There is no AbilityOne fee.  IFF and the "FSSI" fee combined are 2%.

Thought... by requiring AbilityOne authorization in the RFQ, there are no other channels to access other than AbilityOne Master Distributors and their pricing to the small business are on the high side starting out because no one knows what's in the final RFQ and we are forced to establish GSA pricing using these costs... many Master Distributors are gearing up to meet market basket expectations and everything is volume leveraged when we do not know the commitment level associated with the FSSI BPA award.

Response:

The AbilityOne Program has three wholesalers authorized for janitorial/sanitation/MRO products.  They are Lagasse, Motion Industries, and LCI.  All authorized distributors must have an account with at least one of the wholesalers.

Why can't GSA assess the Master Distributors in the channel and then provide a list that meet the merits of this procurement and confirm that they qualified as a FSSI logistical partner to support small business in this procurement and understanding their costing to the channel. Can FSSI take the time to bid among the AbilityOne Master Distributors... so we know which one's are creditable to the FSSI TEAM?

Response:
The AbilityOne Program has three wholesalers authorized for janitorial/sanitation/MRO products.  They are Lagasse, Motion Industries, and LCI.  All authorized distributors must have an account with at least one of the wholesalers.

QUESTION 71...
We see changes in the EXCEL input sheets and on the surface... they look and feel better. A fundamental improvement might be to split the sheet in two and just group all AbilityOne products in the top half and the all non-AbilityOne products in the lower half. This way we know, all the products on the top have to come from AbilityOne manufacturer or Master Distributor. Further, as we continue loading AbilityOne products to our GSA Schedule to establish a GSA Suggested price, can FSSI clarify and provide an example of how to handle the .0075 IFF FEE and the .0125 FSSI FEE ? Should both be included in the GSA Suggested price? This must be known to properly establish a Proposed FSSI BPA Price - recording the proper discount off the GSA Suggested price.

Response:
Both fees( .075 and .0125) should be included in the final price.

Products that are not AbilityOne, we have the GSA Suggested price on GSA currently. Issue is where to we show the .0125 FSSI FEE to properly record the discount of GSA Suggested price which one would assume is to be included in the Proposed FSSI BPA Price. Current BPA pricing absorbs the .0075 IFF FEE and we can properly record the percent off GSA pricing because it is built in up front.

NOTE: Please help us with the QUESTION 71 because we have to get these fees right to get to the aggregate discounts.

Response:
Both fees( .075 and .0125) should be included in the final price.

QUESTION 72...
We in JAN - SAN see the foot print of office products on a lot of the FSSI DRAFT RFQ and we just caution the team to consider the uniqueness of Jan San when it comes to shipping... shipping chemicals and the requirements for such. Many of the chemicals simply do not ship in units of measures like "EA" - it is mainly cases. Can we get clarification on this -column 3? If you want the breakdown to compare pricing at the "EA" level... maybe we should call it something else like UOC = Unit of comparison and let us offer the unit of shipment that is most appropriate in another column? Also... can there be a minimum case requirement ?

Response:
The Market Basket is comprised of products in the size and quantity that are most frequently purchased by the government.  Vendors must ensure they are providing the size and unit of measure indicated.

QUESTION 73...
The caption on the EXCEL input sheet is requesting that we offer "TBM" or "the best match" which we assume the TBM must be on our GSA Schedule and USA made... is this correct? Will FSSI TEAM consider "best value" in allowing "TBM" ? There are products that might have a better cost in use and save and can be deemed TBM. If we have such a product... can an addendum be allowed in the FINAL RFQ?

Response:
Items offered for the BPA must be on the offeror's schedule contract - Schedule 51 V, 73 or 75 and must be TAA compliant.  It will be the contractor's responsibility to choose a product that meets the minimum salient characteristics of the items listed in the Market Basket.

QUESTION 74...
Will FSSI be clear on its treatment of acceptable JAN - SAN products (micro-fiber) coming out of China? There are cost savings with these products and the industry as a whole is procuring cost effective products from China. Right now... many products from China are on the GSA Schedules... companies like Rubbermaid promote them. Point is, if the government will still be allowed to buy products from China under some understanding... let's make that public so we know how to source quality products at the lowest price. If it is USA only... we are certainly okay with that... "MIT-USA" -Made In The USA

Response:
Only products made in TAA compliant countries should be on schedule.  If you are aware of products made in China that are on Schedule send a list of the product name, part number,  and contract number to the appropriate contracting office for action.

QUESTION 75...
Is the FSSI TEAM promoting green in the market basket products and does green fall under a "best match" status? Does having green listed provide a benefit to the FSSI goal and will be given better consideration in the FINAL RFQ?

Response:
An attachment will be provided with the RFQ indicating by category which items may or must meet sustainability attributes.

QUESTION 76...
Can there be a list provided of the federal agencies who have committed to support this FSSI RFQ? Will the FSSI BPA be mandatory? We are hearing yes , maybe, and no???

Response:
Commitment letters will be included in the final RFQ.  JanSan is not mandatory.

QUESTION 77...
Is it correct to assume that most orders for this JAN SAN BPA will be P-Card orders...??? And if so, will limits change on P-Cards to accommodate larger orders or will large orders go thru Austin??? Or will large orders still be bid out based on volume? If there are scheduled orders, will they be P-Card only?
Will users be encouraged to use GSA Advantage to make their procurements...???

Response:
BPA holders will be required to accept various methods of orders including purchase orders, purchase card, GSA Advantage, etc.

QUESTION 78
Please confirm about name changes with AbilityOne? If there are... will the SKILLCRAFT Brand be the same? And if so... will codes be changing? We are trying to assess the cost of change and to be okay with old and new inventory and how that will be managed? No one wants to buy old if new is out there???

Response:
The only recent name change within AbilityOne has been NISH changing its name to SourceAmerica.  That doesn't affect our distributors.  The SKILCRAFT brand name is still active.  Nothing is changing regarding packaging.

QUESTION 79
Who is actually paying for the FSSI .0125 fee? Right now the government pays the .0075 fee because we add it onto our price after the discount is established. We all are debating this FSSI .0125 fee... if the vendor is paying, what is it for? No one has said what the .0125 fee is for?

Response:
The additional fee is a usage fee and is also paid by user agencies.  Final price should include this and the IFF.

QUESTION 80
What is the role of stephen.nieswiadomy@gsa.gov ? Is this CO replacing joann.stanley@gsa.gov as the CO for this FSSI RFQ?

Response:
Mr. Nieswiadomy and Ms. Stanley have both been part of the JanSan team since its inception.  One is not replacing the other.

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