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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the relationship between Unicom Systems Inc., bidsUSA and bidsCanada?

bidsUSA and bidsCanada are not companies but are services offered by Unicom Systems Inc. Unicom Systems Inc. owns and operates both the bidsUSA and bidsCanada services.

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What are bidsUSA and bidsCanada?

bidsUSA and bidsCanada are search engine and e-mail notification services that are owned and operated by Unicom Systems Inc. bidsUSA and bidsCanada are used daily by thousands of businesses to find information on tenders, requests for proposal (RFP), requests for quotation (RFQ) and other bid solicitations for the supply of goods and services. bidsCanada was launched in March, 2000 and bidsUSA was launched in November 2010. The value proposition of the services:
  • For buyers in American and Canadian public sector organizations, Fortune 500 companies and other large corporations: effectively reach thousands of qualified suppliers to ensure best value in the procurement of goods and services.
  • For suppliers: increase sales while saving the time, money and effort required to manually monitor dozens of websites for opportunities.

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Can I post my organization's tenders, requests for proposal (RFP), requests for quotation (RFQ) and other bid solicitations to bidsUSA or bidsCanada?

You can post your bid solicitations to bidsUSA or bidsCanada free of charge if:
  • you are a buyer in an American or Canadian public sector organization, Fortune 500 company or other large corporation.
  • you work for a third party company that posts bid solicitations on behalf of American or Canadian public sector organizations, Fortune 500 companies or other large corporations.
All you need to do is set up a free Unicom Systems account. Once your account is activated, which usually occurs within 24 hours, you will be sent user credentials and instructions via e-mail which will enable you to begin posting bid solicitations to either bidsUSA or bidsCanada, as appropriate, immediately.

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How much does it cost to post my organization's bid solicitations to bidsUSA or bidsCanada?

There is no cost. American and Canadian public sector organizations, Fortune 500 companies and other large corporations can post tenders, requests for proposal (RFP), requests for quotation (RFQ) and other bid solicitations to bidsUSA or bidsCanada free of charge.

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How do I post my organization's bid solicitations to bidsUSA or bidsCanada?

Simply set up a free Unicom Systems account. Once your account is activated, which usually occurs within 24 hours, you will be sent instructions and user credentials via e-mail and can begin posting to bidsUSA or bidsCanada immediately.

For more information see the Unicom Systems User's Manual for posting and managing bid solicitations.

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Can I upload and include attachments with the bid solicitations posted to bidsUSA or bidsCanada? What are the limitations?

Yes, you can upload and include attachments with the bid solicitations posted to bidsUSA or bidsCanada. Each attachment must be in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format and be no more than 5 MB in size. You are limited to a total of 100 MB per organization.

For more information see the Unicom Systems User's Manual for posting and managing bid solicitations.

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Can I display bid solicitations posted to bidsUSA or bidsCanada on my organization's own website?

Yes, Unicom Systems provides the code to display bid solicitations posted to bidsUSA or bidsCanada on your organization's own website. It is incredibly simple, just five lines of HTML code to copy and paste on your own website. The entire process should take your webmaster less than a few minutes to implement.

Please note that Unicom Systems uses the organization website address indicated in a user's account settings to group bid solicitations for an organization. In order to properly group and display bid solicitations on your own website, you must ensure that all users from your organization who post bid solicitations use the same website address in their Unicom Systems account settings.

For more information see the Unicom Systems User's Manual for posting and managing bid solicitations.

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What is UNSPSC and why should I use it when posting bid solicitations?

UNSPSC is the acronym for the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code. It is a coding system that can be used to classify both products and services. While it is not mandatory that you use a UNSPC commodity description when posting a bid solicitation, it is highly recommended. We provide a handy UNSPSC commodity description look up tool for your convenience. The UNSPSC commodity description aids potential suppliers when searching for opportunities.

For more information see the Unicom Systems User's Manual for posting and managing bid solicitations.

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Is there a guide or manual available with instructions for posting bid solicitations to bidsUSA or bidsCanada?
Yes. The short and easy to read manual covers the following:
  • General overview.
  • Technical requirements.
  • Setting up and updating accounts.
  • Posting and updating bid solicitations on bidsUSA or bidsCanada.
  • Using United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC) effectively.
  • Adding and managing attachments.
  • Integrating bid solicitations on your own website.
Click here to download the Unicom Systems User's Manual

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