Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Port of San Diego Wins Purchasing Award

For the third straight year, the Port of San Diego has received an Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Purchasing Institute.

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award measures benchmark excellence in innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes of procurement departments.

“The award speaks to the Procurement Services Department’s dedication to continuous improvement, excellent customer service, professional standards of integrity and fairness, and best practices in facilitating public procurement and materials management,” Board of Port Commissioners Chair Lou Smith said in a statement.

San Diego’s Procurement Services staff is responsible for buying everything from office supplies to information technology equipment to fleet and police vehicles and heavy equipment, like cranes and fork lifts.

Purchased materials support the port’s administrative functions, as well as the maritime, law enforcement and maintenance operations throughout the port.

In winning the 2011 award, the port again joins a small group of organizations recognized nationally for excellence in procurement. San Diego’s one of just 26 special district agencies throughout the country to receive the award.

The award is sponsored by 11 professional purchasing associations, including the California Association of Public Purchasing Officers and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.