Reverse Auction Terminology

Here is a list of terminology you may encounter while creating a Reverse Auction

Active Submissions: All current submissions completed for this project.

Bid Ceiling: All Vendor bids must be lower than the Bid Ceiling. This field needs to be unlocked in order to input an amount. This avoids the risk of the field being left blank and interpreted as $0. 

Bid Decrement Amount: This is the amount by which any new bid must be less than the current bid, as determined by the Bid Rule.

Bid Rule: The Bid Rule defines the constraints on new bids for Vendors.

  • Best Overall: New bids must beat the leading bid by at least the Bid Decrement Amount.
  • Personal Best: Vendors can place a bid at any price as long as it is lower than their previous bid by at least the Bid Decrement Amount, regardless of the bid prices of other Vendors.

Can Compare Bids: Vendors can compare their bid with other bids by rank and price. The Buyer has control over whether bidder names are visible or hidden from other bidders. In the case of a Personal Best auction set up, Buyers have the additional option to hide Vendor pricing as well. 

Current Spend: The amount of money you would expect to pay without running this auction. (NOTE: Vendors cannot see this.)

Data Slot: This is a Data Field that would be requested as part of Requested Information of a submission. This is usually a dollar amount for a particular item, service, fee, or total cost. 

End Date / Time: This is the earliest the auction will end. If you set a non-zero Extension Period and Extension Amount, then the auction could end later depending on when Vendors stop bidding.

Extension Amount: If any Vendors bid within the Extension Period, the auction's End Date / Time will be extended by this amount of time

Target Savings: The percentage of Current Spend you aim to save by running this auction. (NOTE: Vendors cannot see this.)

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