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This Ready-to-Use RFP Template Master is designed to select direct store delivery software solutions based on your firm's unique needs, and provides capabilities that go far beyond those of a traditional RFP limited to asking vendors simple Yes/No questions about DSD software system features. Specialized for use in complex information system environments, this RFP template collects information from vendors about all aspects of the direct store delivery software implementation project they are proposing. Very easy to customize. Use it to query vendors with in-depth, detailed RFP questions about:

Application Environment Load Management Sale Order Process
DSD Dashboards   Picking   Order Data Elements
DSD Mobile Apps   Load Optimization   Customer Order Entry
Supported Hardware   Unloading   Invoice Preparation
Device Management   Load Planning   Trade Promotions Proc'g
Electronic Data Interchange Scan Based Trading   Returns Processing
Purchase Order Management Shrink Reduction ERP Interfaces - GL, AR, AP
  P.O. Interface Issues Direct Store Delivery ERP Interfaces - PO, IM, SOE
  eProcurement Interface Issues   DEX/UCS Marketing Management
  Purchase Requisition Process   Route Sales Process CMMS Capabilities
  Purchase Order Maintenance   Routing Management   Specific Services
  P.O. Line Item Data   Pricing   Asset Management
  Purchase Order Process   End of Day   Work Order Process
  Purchasing Reports   Prospect Mgm't   Preventive Maintenance
  Contract Administration   Surveys   Parts Inventory Mgm't
Inventory Management   Commissions GIS/GPS
  Item Master Info   DSD Reports SaaS/Cloud Security
  Item Process Route Assistance Cloud Administration
  Inventory Analysis   EPOD Cloud Configuration
  Inventory Inquiry Cash Management Initial Cost
  Inventory Reporting   Cash Mgm't Reporting Ongoing Cost
  Vendor Managed Inventory And Much More...

   Actual screens and questions from this DSD RFP are shown below to illustrate how it enables you to easily collect the unique metrics needed to successfully identify, acquire, and implement the direct store delivery software solution best suited to your company's needs.

This RFP contains questions that query vendors about the recipe management, food safety, lot control, production labeling, raw material/ingredient cost control and other important DSD software features needed to ensure the optimum fit to your current and future DSD requirements.

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    SAVE WEEKS, even MONTHS OF TIME by using thousands of professionally written DSD system RFP statements & questions to communicate your DSD software system requirements quickly and accurately. No need to re-invent the wheel. View typical RFP Table of Contents.
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    IDENTIFY Feature AVAILABILITY & DELIVERABILITY. Unlike other RFPs, Infotivity RFP Masters automatically collect the information needed to identify BOTH the AVAILABILITY of software features, and their DELIVERABILITY, i.e., HOW those features will be delivered. Each DSD RFP Master includes a Feature Support Matrix (FSM) to automatically capture this information, which can be used to create very accurate and reliable direct store delivery software system implementation schedules. View samples here.
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    Determine RISK and SUPPORTABILITY. RFP Masters automatically evaluate vendor response data collected to quantitatively determine the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX of each proposed software system. This index ranks the potential support problems inherent in each proposal. Accurately compare the amount of ongoing support needed to keep each proposed DSD system up and running. Measure the true impact of each system on your business over the long term.  View sample here.
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    VENDOR RESPONSE VALIDATION saves time and effort, and reduces errors, when evaluating vendor DSD software proposals. View example here.
    EASILY CUSTOMIZED to meet your unique direct store delivery system needs, using basic Excel techniques.
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Included with this DSD Request for Proposal Template for Free all evaluation & comparison tools for more detail see below....
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    "APPLES-to-APPLES" COMPARISON of vendor RFP responses (proposals) is assured by extensive use of quantitative RFP questions and full vendor response validation. Compare proposed DSD system software features side-by-side faster and more accurately with the fully automated Color Comparison Chart matrix included with this DSD RFP at no extra charge. View a typical comparison here.
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    "Direct Store Delivery Response Evaluation Ratios (scores) help you save time. View a typical evaluation ratios here.
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    AUTOMATED WEIGHTED GRADE POINT SCORING is a quantitative measure of how well a proposed DSD software system matches up to your business priorities. This graph compares the overall total scores for each proposed DSD system. This Score is based on all vendor responses except Pricing and Vendor Background. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Supportability Index A proposed DSD system could look very good on paper, but once implementation begins the reality could be very different. The ease with which a DSD system can be implemented and maintained over it's expected life is controlled in large part by the amount of custom programming and scripting required to build & maintain the DSD system. The Supportability Index is based on responses to DSD Features only. This graph compares the potential support effort inherent in each proposed DSD system. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Overall Comparison This graph compares the total Weighted Score of each proposed DSD system along with its Supportability Index and associated Vendor Profile. Use this when assessing the RISK of a proposed DSD system and whether or not the direct store delivery system can indeed be implemented by the proposing DSD vendor successfully. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Vendor Profile Scores This graph compares a score measuring the background, expertise, capabilities, and other data collected in the Vendor Global Issues section of the DSD RFP template. The Vendor Profile Score provides a way of assessing the Capabilities PROFILE of a proposing DSD vendor. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.


This direct store delivery RFP also has Supporting Documents INCLUDED:

    Cover Letter Samples - Make the task easier with this DSD RFP cover letter template collection. Choose from Letter samples designed for all events, such as "RFP Response Request", "Intent to Respond", "No Intent to Respond", "RFP Change Enclosed", "Proposal Rejection" "Finalist Selection", and " Best & Final Offer Request" to meet your unique point of sales needs.
    Full Version of risk assessment matrix checklist focused on DSD system acquisition and implementation projects for working sample "Click Here"
    the Optimized RFP Guide. Designed to be viewed in a browser off-line, this document outlines the best procedures for creating custom DSD RFP questions. Included or Sold Separately
    The Direct Store Delivery System Cutover Checklist Helps Streamlines Implementation! Included or Sold Separately
    MS Word document describing the organization and usage of the DSD comparison matrix.


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      A Detailed & Comprehensive List of:

Direct Store Delivery (DSD) System Features

      Pre-defined direct store delivery RFP criteria ensure no important business requirements or software features "slip through the cracks".  All are in a quantitative format that guarantees vendor responses will be meaningful, consistent, and easy to compare. All questions are professionally prepared by application specialists to address BOTH the STANDARD features and EXCEPTION CASE software functions required.

This DSD RFP contains questions about SaaS, Cloud Computing, and Mobile DSD

DSD Table of Content


      Identify BOTH DSD Software Features Availability and Deliverability

      Unlike other RFPs that try (and fail) to gather useful solutions data about complex direct store delivery system features, RFP Masters are not constrained to the use of summary-level "Yes" or "No" answers. This RFP Master uses a Feature Support Matrix (FSM) that identify BOTH feature AVAILABILITY and DELIVERY Method. This RFP Master function is useful during both the direct store delivery software selection AND the system implementation phases of large projects because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.

sample rfp questions on dsd services mobile & handheld device


      Determine the Risk & Supportability of Proposed

DSD Software Solutions

      Unlike other RFP templates, an direct store delivery RFP Master can illustrate potential support problems (and risk) inherent in vendor system proposals. The Feature Support Matrix (FSM) used in each RFP Master categorizes the inherent risk posed for each criteria, and uses that information to calculate the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX for each vendor RFP response. For example, a feature delivered "out of the box" FULLY SUPPORTED is less risky than one delivered through custom programming, even if the programming is free. This RFP Master function is useful during both the software selection AND the implementation phases of a large direct store delivery system because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.

rfp example questions on fine dining service point of sale


      Vendor Response Input Validation.

      Vendors must answer each RFP question by choosing from a pre-defined list of possible responses. See below for an example of this drop-down list. This forces all vendors to respond to each direct store delivery (DSD) software question in a consistent, standard manner. Eliminates the days of time typically wasted trying to compare the inconsistent or incomplete vendor responses obtained by using traditional, non-quantitative RFP questions! Ensures vendor proposals are easy to compare and evaluate!

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      Color-Coded, "Apples-to-Apples" Comparison of Proposed Systems

DSD Comparison

      These comparison matrices automatically change vendor response cell background color to GREEN, YELLOW, or RED, to reflect how favorable each response is to your needs! Compared to the tedious task of reviewing hundreds of mono-color Yes/No answers, these colored responses allow problem areas to be spotted more easily, and risk assessment is made much more accurate. All required response comparison matrices are included and ready-to-use! Quickly and easily compare direct store delivery system proposals side-by-side, feature by feature, in detailed comparisons you control! Keep your DSD project on-schedule and under-budget.

demostrates how to compare side by side vendor rfp responses for dsd security, pricing, and inventory


      Evaluation Ratios

      Use an extensive set of ratio calculations to compare vendor DSD proposals quickly and efficiently.


      Weighted Grade Score Graph

      Compares the Weighted Grade Point Score calculated for each proposed DSD system. This is calculated as follows: The vendor response to each RFP question is assigned an unweighted "raw" score. This raw score is then multiplied by the weight factor you entered previously (default = 1) for that DSD RFP question to calculate the weighted score for each response. All of these individual scores are then totaled for use in this comparison. This score is essentially a measure of how well a direct store delivery software system fits your business and software needs, prioritized by the weight (importance level) you assigned to each question in the DSD RFP. In essence, this score measures the SUITABILITY of each proposed software system to your overall requirements. . NOTE this score measures just point of sale software functionality, and does not include any measure of vendor background, expertise, support, or programming ability.


      Feature Delivery Method Comparison:

      An analysis of how each DSD vendor is proposing to deliver the system feature/function contained in their DSD proposal. The graph below shows the percentage that is Fully Supported "out-of-the-box", the percentage to be done via Report Writer, a Configuration Parameter, or Third-Party add-in, versus the percentage to be done via Custom Coding (Scripting / Programming). This information is very useful in terms of identifying RISK, since a Fully Supported (and tested) DSD feature presents far less risk than that same DSD feature done as a "custom programming" task. Also, see the Supportability Index, which sums up these detail risk factors.


      DSD Supportability Index Graph:

      The Supportability Index is a forecast of how much DSD support and maintenance may be required to keep each proposed DSD running at full potential over it's lifetime. This score is determined by how much custom coding is required to implement the proposed DSD, and which business processes depend on the customized direct store delivery system.


      Overall Comparison Graph:

      This graph compares both the Weighted Grade (Suitability) Score, Supportability Index, and the Vendor Capabilities Profile side-by-side for easy reference. It is important to see how much custom coding is in a proposed DSD system that also has a high Weighted Score, along with the Vendor Profile. The more custom code, the higher the risk proposed by that system.


      Vendor Profile Score Graph:

      The backgrounds, expertise, capabilities, and certifications of each vendor is obtained in the Vendor Global Issues section of the DSD RFP. The vendor responses to this section are totaled separately from the outsourcing functionality topics, and this data is used to calculate the "DSD Vendor Profile Score". The higher the score, the more CAPABILITIES a vendor is probably going to be.


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