oboloo FAQ's

What Is An Rfq In Procurement And Why Is It Important?

What Is An Rfq In Procurement And Why Is It Important?

Are you new to the procurement world and wondering what those three letters – RFQ – stand for? Or, are you a seasoned professional who wants to refresh your knowledge on this crucial aspect of procurement? Either way, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll explain everything about RFQs – what they are, how they work, why they matter and how they can help streamline your purchasing process. So sit tight and get ready to become an expert on one of the most important tools in procurement!

What Is an RFQ?

RFQs (Request for Quotations) are a common tool in procurement. An RFQ is a document that solicits bids from providers of goods and services. They’re commonly used to:

-Compare prices and quality of services
-Get a sense for the feasibility of contract negotiations
-Identify potential suppliers
-Reduce the time it takes to select a supplier

What are the benefits of using RFQs in procurement?

RFQs (Request For Quote) are a great way to get competitive bids from vendors. They allow you to gather information about potential suppliers and narrow down your search.

RFQs can save you time and money by giving you access to a wider range of bids. They also help you find the right supplier for your project, and avoid unnecessary surprises.

By using RFQs, you can avoid mistakes that could lead to delays or cost overruns on your project. And finally, RFQs help build trust between you and your vendor, which can lead to future business partnerships.

How to create an RFQ

RFQs (Request for Quotation) are an important part of procurement because they allow suppliers to bid on specific requests from buyers. RFQs can help buyers identify the best possible supplier options, and can also save time and money.

To create an RFQ, first create a list of the requirements that you need from a supplier. Next, list each requirement in detail, including the type of product or service that you need and the specific quantities that you require. Finally, write a brief description of what you want from the supplier.

When creating your RFQ, make sure to include all relevant information such as price, delivery times, and payment terms. Additionally, be sure to specify any special requirements that you have, such as a certain quality level or warranty coverage. Finally, keep in mind that an RFQ is a request for quotes only; it does not obligate the supplier to offer products or services that meet your needs.

How to submit an RFQ

RFQ stands for Request For Qualifications. It is a document that requests information, ideas, proposals or products from suppliers. Typically, an RFQ will be distributed to potential suppliers when a business is looking to outsource specific services, products or materials.

When preparing an RFQ, be sure to:
-Define the required features and specifications of the product or service
-Specify the delivery timeframe and pricing
-Include contact information for the company representative who will be responsible for reviewing and responding to RFQ submissions

If you are submitting an RFQ online, it is important to follow all of the guidelines provided by the website hosting your submission. Failure to do so may result in your submission being rejected without consideration.

Below are some additional tips for submitting an effective RFQ:

1) Make sure your submission is well written and easy to understand. The more detail you include in your proposal, the more likely it will be accepted.
2) Try to limit the number of proposals submitted from any one source. This will help increase competition and ensure that you receive a higher quality proposal.
3) Be sure to specify whether you require bids or proposals from selected suppliers only. Leaving this option open can allow more suppliers than you initially anticipated to submit a proposal. However, make certain that you are aware of any additional costs associated with submissions beyond simply shipping and handling fees.


An RFQ is an important tool that procurement professionals use to acquire goods and services. It helps you assess the needs of your customers and determine what products or services would be best suited for them. By using an RFQ, you can find suppliers who can provide the best possible products or services at the lowest possible price. Additionally, by requesting a specific type of product or service through an RFQ, you can ensure that your supplier is aware of what you are looking for and can produce it to your specifications.

Want to find out more about procurement?

Access more blogs, articles and FAQ's relating to procurement

Oboloo transparent

The smarter way to have full visibility & control of your suppliers


Feel free to contact us here. Our support team will get back to you as soon as possible

Oboloo transparent

The smarter way to have full visibility & control of your suppliers


Feel free to contact us here. Our support team will get back to you as soon as possible

© 2024 oboloo Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of oboloo content, including by framing or similar means, is prohibited without the prior written consent of oboloo Limited. oboloo, Be Supplier Smart and the oboloo logo are registered trademarks of oboloo Limited and its affiliated companies. Trademark numbers: UK00003466421 & UK00003575938 Company Number 12420854. ICO Reference Number: ZA764971