What is GSA Advantage!?
GSA Advantage! Is a website catalog ran by the GSA, where GSA Certified Companies can upload their products for direct purchasing by federal buyers. GSA Advantage! is best compared to a giant e-commerce site which only GSA Schedule Holders can upload to.
Benefits of GSA Advantage
GSA Advantage! is a very strategic tool for any GSA Certified company offering products. This is because federal buyers can purchase on this web-based system with a government purchase card up to $3,000 without research. Many Purchases take place on the GSA Advantage! website long before the need is posted publicly, so the benefit of having this early touch-point is invaluable. For Service providers, the benefit of GSA Advantage! is as a search engine. Many Federal buyers will go to the GSA Advantage! website catalog to search for Contractors to bid on their projects, again this takes place before the need is publicly posted.”
Getting GSA Advantage! Qualified
Getting GSA Advantage! qualified involves a lengthy proposal process. Initially, a document package, called an “”offer”” is prepared and submitted electronically to the GSA for review. After the GSA has had time to review the large group of documents, they commonly respond with several clarification items, which must be addressed hastily. After the offer documents are deemed acceptable by the GSA. Then, Negotiations are scheduled and completed, determine final GSA Contract Pricing. The final terms and conditions agree upon in Negotiations are wrapped-up in the Final Proposal Revisions document, then the GSA Contract is awarded. GSA Advantage! uploads can now take place, and the GSA Number can be used to conduct federal business.
Uploading your Price List to GSA Advantage!
The primary method to upload products and service files to GSA Advantage! is through the Schedules Input Program (SIP). This application can be downloaded for free from the Vendor Support Center of the GSA website. The learning curve for SIP is usually steep, as it was developed over ten years ago, and is not intuitive or easy to navigate. The process to upload products is as follows: (1) Contractor File is generated, (2) input a sampling of products, (3) export to excel and copy/paste the remaining offerings into the spreadsheets (4) import into SIP using the Import Tool and troubleshoot errors, (5) complete the upload through the “”communications”” drop-down. After the GSA Advantage! upload is completed through SIP, it will then be reviewed by the Contracting Officer, and may be rejected. If approved, the items will usually go live on GSA Advantage! within 24-48 hours. GSA Focus offers file upload services to all our clients at a very affordable price.
GSA Advantage Links
GSA Advantage website – Play around with the search feature to see what your competitors are offering and at what price.
GSA Advantage (Wikipedia) – Learn about what it is and how it works to connect federal buyers to GSA Contract holders.