You know you need a new desk, a new chair, or a new conference table, and it has to fit government purchasing requirements. But what exactly are those? Choosing a furniture vendor who knows the rules can take the headache out of getting your purchase requests approved. They can even help you find a solution that fits the style you like at a price that’s within your budget. Here’s what to look for in a furniture vendor for government purchases.
The Vendor Offers Government Contracts
Look for companies that offer GSA contracts, Blanket Purchase Agreements, and cooperative purchasing agreements. Availability of these contracts signifies the vendor has taken steps to meet the minimum purchasing requirements for government agencies—sort of like a fishing license but for office furniture.
You will still need to ensure that the products you’re interested in— whether it’s a desk, an office chair, or a sharp-looking bookcase— meet your specific purchasing requirements, but with GSA-approved vendors, much of the compliance legwork has already been done for you. That means there might be fewer steps for you to receive approval for your purchase.
Does NBF offer government contracts?
Yes, we hold several government contracts, including:
GSA Contract (GS-27F-0024V)
Purchase contracts for state and local government agencies
Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA)
Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing
California Multiple Award Schedule
The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS)
Want to learn more about a specific contract? Check out the NBF Government Sales Program for more information.
The Vendor Stands Behind Their Furniture
One of the requirements for GSA-approved office furniture is that the products need to be tested to ANSI/BIFMA standards. This indicates the furniture meets commercial-grade standards and can withstand the wear and tear of a commercial office environment.
Some GSA and government furniture vendors will go further, offering some kind of warranty or guarantee for their products. That way you can rest assured that you’re buying a quality product, and if something happens, the company will back it up.
What kind of guarantee does NBF offer?
NBF offers a Lifetime Guarantee on many of our products. If there are any problems with the quality or workmanship of your purchase, we will adjust, repair, or replace the item to your satisfaction. Learn more about the NBF Lifetime Guarantee.
The Vendor Provides Robust Customer Service
Your purchases have more requirements than someone looking to upgrade their work-from-home desk. You might need more support, and that’s okay. Look for a company that can provide it.
Have questions while you’re shopping for government purchases at NBF?
Call us. Our furniture experts are standing by to help you with any questions you have or challenges you’re facing. When you call NBF, you won’t wait in a call queue—your call will be answered by a furniture expert.
With an average of 9 years of experience, our customer support team is trained to handle the special challenges facing government customers. We’ll help you identify whether or not a product meets your specific buying requirements, budget, or timeframe. We pride ourselves on being a team of helpful experts who care.
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And our support doesn’t stop there. When you shop with NBF, you can also expect:
Fast response on quotes: Our team responds to most quote requests in 2 hours or less.
Full-service installation: An experienced staff of installation professionals is available to set up your office—no matter how big or small your order is.
They Offer Support for Larger Projects
If you’re working on a larger project like an update to your workstations or a redesign for your conference rooms/reception area, you need a furniture vendor who provides additional support. Look for a furniture vendor who offers samples, swatches, and space planning services.
What design support does NBF offer?
You can always order free swatches before making a purchase. We also offer complimentary space planning and professional design services. It doesn’t get much better than that.
They’ve Done This Before
The more experience a furniture vendor has working with government agencies, the more support they’ll be able to provide you. That includes helping you identify which products meet your purchasing requirements, fit your budget, and will ship in the timeframe that you need them.
The NBF Difference
We’ve been helping government buyers find the perfect furnishing solutions for more than 45 years, and we’re used to working on a large scale, processing more than 20,000 government orders each year.
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The material on our site is for informational purposes only, is general in nature, and is not a substitute for professional advice regarding specific government purchasing requirements.