Navy considers Dell-only procurement

Laptop and workstations must bear brand name

The Naval Air Systems Command is looking to buy a laptop and some workstations, but is requiring bidders to only submit Dell products in their proposals.

According to a solicitation posted this week on the FedBizOpps, the command is looking for one Dell Latitude laptop, and nine Dell Precision R5500 rack workstations.

The solicitation cites FAR 52.211-6 as the basis for making the procurement on a brand name basis.

The procurement also is being let as a small-business set aside contract.

Responses to the proposal are due Feb. 5.


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Reader Comments

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 Erik

Why wouldn't they? Dells Latitude and Mobile Workstation products are engineered very well, the Support is great and the PricePoint is very competitive.

Mon, Feb 4, 2013

You obviously are not familiar with Navy procurements. The Navy is not stupid. I can assure you that they have performed a "fair market survey" between Dell, HP, and Lenovo. They already know what their price will be, even before the bid is released.

Sat, Jan 26, 2013

So, if I'm the Dell Rep, no need to provide a deep discount to the bidders because no threat to be outbid by IBM or HP Channel Partners...Funny this comes on the same day the news of the Navy cutting costs instantly in an effort to save money.

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