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Cheat sheet: Public procurement commodity codes for emergency supplies

February 11, 2021 | Cam Davies

With vaccines now rolling-out across all states and provinces, the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel is becoming brighter. But, for procurement teams, the pressure that started in March 2020 continues to mount as procurement plays a key role in setting-up vaccine clinics and supplying their agencies with the goods they need to fully and safely open.

As public agencies are setting their sights on our next normal, supply chains are showing signs of recovering, new suppliers are appearing, and more products are available through existing suppliers. All of this provides new opportunities for public agencies to grow their vendor pool. One of the best ways to find these new suppliers is by using commodity codes, such as the UNSPSC commodity codes and the NIGP commodity codes in public solicitations.

Using commodity codes is an effective way to make sure that qualified suppliers are aware of opportunities at your agency. For example, commodity codes can be used in Bonfire to invite all suppliers of that commodity to bid when the opportunity is published.

To help procurement teams everywhere, Bonfire has created a cheat sheet of UNSPSC commodity codes and NIGP commodity codes for commonly required emergency supplies. Here’s a sneak peek:

UNSPSC Commodity Codes

List of UNSPSC Commodity Codes for vaccine needles and related items

NIGP Commodity Codes

List of NIGP Commodity Codes for vaccine needles and related items

The full cheat sheet includes thermometers; sterilization, disinfectant, and antiseptic agents; PPE; and tents and partitions. Download it for free and save it as a desktop reference.

About the author

Bonfire Blog Author Cam Davies

Cam Davies | Bonfire Interactive

Cam has over a decade of experience in launching new technologies across industries spanning public and private sector procurement and state and provincial departments of transportation. As Bonfire’s Product Marketing Manager, Cam represents the client voice and works with cross-functional teams including engineering, marketing, and sales to match market need with product offering.