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MRO Requisition Channel, Generation Two (RC2) is Here!

The GSA FAS Region 6 Heartland Acquisition Center (HAC) has awarded the Maintenance, Repair and Operations Requisition Channel Generation Two (RC2) awards.  RC2 is the next generation of the current Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) Best In Class (BIC) Requisition Channel Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) solution (RC1). 
 
RC2 is a strategic sourcing and category management solution for the online purchase of maintenance and repair products and commodities as either National Stock Numbers (NSNs) or Part Numbers within the requisition environment.
 
The Global Supply Team will be seeking ongoing Best in Class (BIC) designation for the RC2 solution as part of the Global Supply portfolio of BIC solutions. Contractors and GSA teams are busy preparing for the RC2 go-live date of Nov 9, 2021. 
 
Like its predecessor solution, RC2 makes it easy for agencies across government to buy maintenance and repair products and commodities. Purchases from this solution allow customers to comply with the following regulations/mandates:  
 
  • All contractors are AbilityOne-authorized distributors
  • Products are Trade Agreement Act compliant
  • Diverse socioeconomic contractor pool maintained, including women-owned (WOSB), economically disadvantaged women-owned (EDWOSB), and HUBZone small business concerns to assist with meeting small business spend goals
  • Low or no minimum orders, minimal fees for orders under $25
  • Sustainable features including Plastics Removal in Marine Environments (PRIME) for applicable NSN items, Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) program compliance for applicable NSN items, as well as WaterSense, Energy Star, and more green offerings for Part Number items.  
 
In addition, RC2 takes the best features of RC1 and improves upon them:
  • Improved customer selection
  • 14 awarded contractors versus 6 in MRO Requisition Channel Generation I (MRO RC1); customers will see a wider selection of the Tools and Hardware items needed to fulfill their important missions
  • Part Number offering will grow from 800,000 on RC1 to over 3,000,000 PN items under RC2
  • Higher contractor in-stock percentages; by avoiding a “market basket” quote submission format, contractors were free to quote to their core commodity strengths, leading to more focused offerings, better prices, and faster fulfillment times
  • Improved pricing based on contractor core supply chain strengths; RC2 NSN awarded pricing averaged 20% lower than MRO RC1 NSN pricing
  • Targeted delivery; faster required delivery (six calendar days versus six business days on MRO RC1) for higher-demand items
  • Higher Performance Standards for a Better Customer Experience
  • Option to impose financial penalties for contractors who fail to meet contractual terms for delivery
  • Retaining the proven-effective enforcement mechanisms from RC1
  • Item dormancy to quickly remedy performance or other supply chain issues
  • East Coast-West Coast Awards; supply chain redundancy on NSN items ensures higher order fulfillment percentages versus “single source”
  • Offsets for incorrect marking/labeling
 
The following contractors were awarded under RC2:
 
  • American Kal
  • BZ Defense
  • Document Imaging Dimensions
  • GIGA
  • Mono Machines (Supply Chimp)
  • MSC
  • Noble Sales
  • Pacific Ink
  • Premier and Co
  • Supplies Now
  • SupplyCore
  • The Office Group
  • W.W. Grainger
  • Wright Tool
 
 
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