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Bid Process > Bid Overview

The Purchasing Department has the responsibility to solicit formal bid inquiries from two or more suppliers when the estimated value of the purchase exceeds the bid thresholds, unless the items can be obtained under existing contracts.

The Purchasing Department will post an invitation to suppliers to bid via Ariba Discovery. Once the bids are received, it is the responsibility of Purchasing to award the purchase order to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. However, when choosing a supplier, Purchasing may consider factors other than price. You may contact the appropriate Senior Buyer if you have questions about a particular purchase or bid.