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New GSA Advantage! Makes Purchasing Easier and Faster

By Cara Battaglini
General Services Administration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2011 – GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service has revamped its primary e-tool, GSA Advantage!, making significant upgrades to deliver a better resource for federal agency customers.

The new design is user-friendly, more intuitive, and makes finding products and services at the best value faster and easier.

GSA Advantage! is an online shopping and ordering system giving government agencies access to more than 18,000 Multiple Award Schedule Program contracts and more than 28 million products, services and solutions at the best value.

The redesign initiative began with FAS talking with customers, and conducting surveys and focus groups to learn what was needed to ensure the online store remained a useful resource.

The new website leverages some of the latest and most widely used commercial technologies. It has enhanced search functionality and a more streamlined format. It is now easier for customers to compare prices from multiple suppliers for the same product, enhancing their ability to make good purchasing decisions and stretch taxpayer dollars.

Vendors and contractors can also post more detailed information on their products, including video and high-resolution pictures.

The original website was established in 1996, has about 800,000 registered users, and receives 500,000 visits per day.

In addition to federal government users, state and local government agencies can use GSA Advantage! to purchase some IT and disaster recovery product and services.

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