Government Supply Services (GSS) is an approved dealer under the TIPS/TAPS program for office supplies and school supplies. GSS is also listed on the state's office supply contract as a certified minority optional vendor. It is estimated that school districts spend $1,700-2,000 for each Request for Proposal (RFP). By using the TAPS Awarded Vendor Contracts, you can eliminate the expense and the time required to produce and process an RFP. Schools (or other government entities) can purchase from vendors with approved bids and bypass the RFP process altogether. This means that school Districts in the state of Arkansas DO NOT need to do an RFP; they can simply purchase directly from an approved bid.
The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS/TAPS) is a purchasing cooperative available for use by all public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties, and other government entities. TIPS/TAPS purpose is to provide substantial savings and best value for participating members through cooperative purchasing practices.
All awarded contracts through the TIPS/TAPS program have been Awarded under the Competitively Bid Process and received a Contract from TIPS/TAPS Governing Board of Directors. These Awarded Vendors have agreed to provide the best pricing, terms and conditions available to TIPS/TAPS Members.
Membership in TIPS/TAPS is "Free" to all Arkansas public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties, and other government entities.
Our family has grown to six independent consultants and continues to expand. Our dedicated consultants are outstanding performers who continue to improve our customer service through extensive product training and education, Federal and State seminars, procurement conferences, small businesses training programs, quarterly and annual efficiency reviews, and participation in industry organizations such distributor and manufacturer trade shows. GSS also contributes too many Arkansas-based charities and organizations and participates in community improvement events.
If you're not a member currently, you can download the documents from the TIPS/TAPS website that are required by your entity and submit to TIPS/TAPS for membership.
If you are an Arkansas City, County, State Agency or Municipality, please view: