Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business

The manager of supplier diversity is responsible for the development and implementation of SGI's Supplier Diversity Program. All SGI management-level personnel and buyers who influence and make supplier decisions are responsible for fostering an atmosphere that reasonably ensures that those diverse suppliers are given an opportunity to compete. The bidder lists of all RFPs/RFQs issued are coordinated with the manager of supplier diversity to encourage the inclusion of minorities, women, veterans, service disabled veterans, socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, and businesses located in HUBZones.

Management of SGI's Purchasing Program

SGI purchasing operates at three locations: Fremont, California, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Eagan, Minnesota. Although the purchasing organization is decentralized, the purchasing process is typically the same. The dollar amount of the particular purchase for products or services determines the method of purchasing. Those purchase requirements that include a significant dollar value require that a request for proposal (RFP)/request for quotation (RFQ) be issued. In those instances where the administrative cost for issuing an RFP/RFQ is not justified, verbal bids are solicited.

SGI Purchasing makes every effort to ensure that the procurement process is as quick and effective as possible. As a result, we have developed a technology infrastructure that allows our end users to communicate their requirements to us via our intranet.

SGI Purchasing transmits its purchase orders to suppliers via facsimile or EDI. These methods are used to:

  • Reduce cycle times
  • Ensure prompt delivery of products and services
  • Ensure payment of invoices in a timely manner