By Pamela Racer (PTAC Advisor at Western Carolina University)
Are you a small business working with the Department of Defense (DoD) and need a place to buy PPE for your company? The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has created a new small business marketplace within FedMall allowing DoD Small Business Contractors to exclusively browse and shop for non-medical PPE and similar material offered by the commercial supplier community.
On 22 July, the Defense Acquisition University conducted a webcast for small businesses in the Defense Industrial Base outlining the addition of non-medical personal protection equipment and materials available through FedMall. James Mette, FedMall Program Manager, is responsible for the sustainment and development of the Department of Defense E-Commerce solution. Mr. Mette leads a team of 75 civil service and contract employees, providing an online catalog of 63 million items that generate over $300M in annual sales to DoD activities.
FedMall offers over 63 million items for purchase, including National Stock Number (NSN), commercial contract and “Marketplace” commercial items. FedMall “Marketplace” supports market-driven competition with dynamic pricing, ability for vendors to upload catalogs and allowance for GPC Purchases under the micro-purchase threshold. FedMall supports 37K active customers. There were 90K customer orders valued at $312M placed in FY19; and US Military customers account for 70% of FedMall sales.
DoD Small Business Government Contractor Support COVID-19 Contingency Store provides Small Business government contractors an avenue to purchase non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so that they can continue supporting government missions. New Suppliers have been identified so as not to disrupt the existing DLA supply chain for non-Medical PPE. Items are hosted in “Marketplace” and orders subject to the micro-purchase threshold are placed via credit card. Currently hosting 12 suppliers with 234 items available for purchase. Offerings include cloth face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, protective gloves, gowns, face shields, thermometers, signage and other social distancing aids for the workplace.
DLA COVID-19 Contingency Store Buyers click here for more information.
DLA COVID-19 Contingency Store Suppliers click here for more information.