Supporting business to work with government
Marketplace facilitates the New Zealand government's procurement process by linking businesses that offer services and sell products with government agencies that wish to buy them.
As ‘suppliers’, businesses can publish descriptions of their services and products into what we call ‘catalogues’ on Marketplace.
Government agencies browse relevant catalogues when they want to buy specific products or services. The agency will then engage with the selected supplier, based on what they offer in the catalogue.
What are channels, catalogues and services?
Suppliers' offerings on Marketplace are structured in three tiers:
- Channels — top tier: The channels are high-level groups of service or product types, like public cloud (SaaS) services, and consultancy and professional services.
- Catalogues — main categories: Each channel contains a number of what we call ‘catalogues’. Catalogues are the main categories in which supplier offerings are organised on Marketplace. Examples are infrastructure managed services, Construction Consultancy Services and ICT professional services.
- Services: Each catalogue is divided into specific service or product types, such as database management and administration, and cloud transition services.
Here is an example:
- Channel: Managed Services
- Catalogue: Cloud brokerage
- Service: Cloud service management
- Catalogue: Cloud brokerage
When a new channel or catalogue is opened for business on Marketplace, an open Notice of Procurement is published on the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website (gets.govt.nz(external link)).
Why suppliers use Marketplace
The Marketplace offers the following benefits to businesses that want to work as suppliers to government agencies.
- Buyer agencies can easily access information about your services or products.
- Commercial terms are simplified.
- Marketplace is open to all businesses that meet the specific entry criteria for the channel they want to join.
- Joining Marketplace acts as a primary procurement process, reducing the time and effort you need to spend to engage with government clients.
- You can join at any time, because the whole application process is done online through Marketplace.
- Once you are a supplier, you can add to or change your offerings within your selected Marketplace service without having to apply again.
- You can modify your online catalogue offerings whenever you wish.
- Some catalogues offer a simple online purchasing process that makes these services easily accessible to buyers.
- You can respond quickly to changes in agencies' requirements.
Why agencies use Marketplace
The Marketplace offers the following benefits to government agencies that require services and products.
- Less time is spent on procurement.
- Easy to compare services on offer to find what best suits your needs and budget.
- View, compare and select products in one online session.
- Some of the ICT services or products offered on Marketplace have a security rating.
- Joining Marketplace as an agency requires a single registration process — you don't have to register again to use other catalogues.