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Glenn Oliver bets on demand for water
"We are pleased to be able to offer the industry a paperless bidding (or tendering) process that is more efficient, saves money, and more environmentally friendly than today's paper-bidding processes," said H2bid's President and CEO, Glenn Oliver. "Our team worked hard to build an e-bidding/e-tendering system that is user-friendly and free for utilities to use. There is no license to buy or software to download."
H2bid's e-bidding service is a part of H2bid global e-procurement exchange for the water utility industry. H2bid's e-procurement exchange contains a growing list of services designed to make water utility procurement more efficient and cost effective. H2bid has the world's largest clearinghouse of water utility contract opportunities. "Any company looking for business with water or wastewater utilities will find that H2bid has the largest and most targeted database in the world," said Oliver.
Oliver served as a member of the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners, which oversees one of the nation’s largest water and wastewater systems (serving approximately four million people covering over 1,000 square miles).
From 1996-2001, Glenn was a Group Executive in former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer’s Cabinet. In that role, he managed the Mayor’s Office and eight other city departments (approximately 25% of city government), served as Public Safety Director, coordinated the largest annual volunteer event in America (Angels’ Night), managed appointments, supervised legislative and community affairs, and created the city’s first Strategic Technology Committee.
Glenn is an attorney, and his legal background includes intellectual property law and all aspects of litigation. Glenn is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.) and Michigan State University (B.A. James Madison College). After law school, Glenn served as a judicial law clerk on the Michigan Supreme Court.
Companies can register for email alerts of new bid opportunities. H2bid will send email alerts to companies based on a category or key word. If a company only wants bids related to a specific key word, then the user can enter the key word in the Bid Alert registration system. Each day, H2bid's Bid Alert system will send timely notices of bids that only contain the key words. This makes H2bid's bid alert system unique and prevents users from wasting time sorting through irrelevant bids. H2bid has thousands of water and wastewater utility bid opportunities posted on its site each month.
The vast majority of water utilities are publicly owned and have an obligation to use a public bidding process for certain contracts. The traditional public bidding process is paper-based and can be limited to a handful of vendors that are on a bidder's list or happen to read a newspaper ad. H2bid's e-bidding service helps the utilities save money by applying simple economic principles: the H2bid exchange provides maximum competition by making the bids available to the entire vendor community, without the need for sending out or receiving paper documents.
H2bid, e-bidding service can be used for all types of purchases, including, commodities, construction contracts, and consultant contracts. The service also accommodates sealed bids (requests for proposals, requests for quotes, invitations to bid, invitations to tender, etc), informal quotes, requests for qualifications, sealed bids, and reverse auctions. There is also the capability to permit partial bid responses to help provide opportunities for smaller companies to bid.