Welcome to North Carolina Purchase and Contract's Interactive Purchasing System.
Please review the following tips for navigating this site. It is suggested that
you print a copy of these instructions so you may follow the various topics as
you navigate through this system.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view
information stored via PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. If you do not
have Adobe Acrobat Reader, we recommend following the instructions below and
download it now.
Now select the free reader version at the bottom of the page by double clicking
“Get Acrobat Reader Free”. Scroll down the page to Step 1 and make your language
selection (English is the default), select your platform/operating system
(Windows 95, Windows 98, XP, Vista, etc.), and select the nearest location (USA is the
default). Step 2 requires you to enter your name and e-mail address. For Step 3,
double click download. Select your desired directory and click okay or save to
download the file. After download is complete, go to the saved file and double
click the file name to begin installation. After installation you are ready to
read PDF documents.
Simply click on any active link to move through the IPS site
(any text that is in color and underlined). The top of each screen contains
links to all the sections. The Public Menu contains a brief description of each
section. NOTE: This site contains solicitations for many agencies. If you have
questions about a particular posting, please click the Help button next to the
solicitation for the contact person's information.
This section contains
instructions on downloading/installing Adobe Acrobat Reader and a brief outline
of the IPS system.
The Bids by Category section takes you to a menu containing
all solicitations by specific commodity groups and the number of available
solicitations for each category. Links are only active if solicitations are
available. Simply click the desired category to view the solicitations. When you
click on a specific category, the bid number, description, date issued, bid
opening date, and bid opening time are displayed. Statewide Term Contracts are
listed in red and Agency Specific Term Contracts are in green. Information on
Pre-Bid/Mandatory Conference/ Site Visits/Addenda is shown where applicable. If
solicitations are cancelled before bid opening date, they remain on the system
until the original bid opening date. If the solicitation is cancelled after the
bid opening date, it remains on the system for thirty days after the
cancellation date. If there are difficulties retrieving a particular
solicitation, please click on the link for Help.
It is easy to find current
solicitations for a specific agency. Only active links are underlined and the
number of solicitations are listed by the agency name.
Searching for open bids
allows a system search by various methods. You may search by individual or all
purchasing entities, specific or all categories, or you may search to find all
solicitations for a specific department, a specific category, or key words. For
example, if you are searching for the key word "boat", you will receive results
containing the word "boat" in the title of the bid. You will not receive any
bids with a key word synonym, in this case, a word such as "ship". The key word
search is limited to five words. If there are solicitations that fit these
criteria they will be returned. If you know specific date information on a
solicitation, you may search a specified date range on Open Date, Mandatory
Conf/Site Visit Date, Cancel Date, Issue Date or Last Change Date. You must
specify a valid date range following today's date if searching an Open Date or
Mandatory Conf/Site Visit Date.
Searching by Bid Number will return any open
solicitations, solicitations under evaluation, bid tabulations, or awarded
solicitations for a period of thirty days beyond the award date. If the
solicitation has been awarded, the tabulation may be viewed by clicking the link
VIEW BID TABULATION. Cancelled solicitations are shown until the original bid
opening date if it was cancelled prior to the opening date. If the solicitation
is cancelled after the opening date, that information will remain available to
the public for thirty days after the cancellation date.
electronic vendor notification and registry system makes doing business with the
State of North Carolina a whole lot easier! This is a free online internet
service for companies to do business with the state that's part of the NC
Interactive Purchasing System. Receive next day e-mail notification of
procurement opportunities in your selected areas of interest. Publicize your
company to state agencies, universities, community colleges, and public schools
seeking a wide range of products and services. Register and enter information
online about your company that you update anytime.
Provides information on
procurement opportunities around the state, links to pages on purchasing and
information on Purchase and Contract, links you to the Vendor Link NC registry
system, links to the term contract page for all of NC, contains sustainability
links, the latest purchasing information, and related links of interest.