Nowadays, it seems like we hear something every day about the importance of making goods on American soil. We’re doing just that—and now, governments across America can buy American-built computers.
That’s because Bak USA has been awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) contract, which means that our Atlas 2-in-1 laptop and our rugged tablet, the Seal, are listed in an online purchase library that the U.S. government and local, state, and tribal governments across the country can use to purchase technology.
Read on for the exciting details and to find out how our computers are already helping governments across the country.
What do you mean by “contract”?
For the average consumer, buying technology is a straightforward process: we head to a store or a website, find what we want, and fork over some cash. Done.
Schools, businesses, and governments can’t do that, though, partly because their purchasing processes are tightly regulated and partly because they buy hundreds or even thousands of computers at once. To get the best price, schools and businesses often rely on purchasing cooperatives.
Governments use contracts instead—and they can’t buy technology unless it’s listed on an approved contract. And that, my friend, is where the GSA comes in.
What’s the GSA and what does this mean for Bak USA?
The GSA is a team of wonderful human beings who make sure that government entities—like city, state, and tribal governments, their departments, and the federal government itself—can buy technology (and other things) in a cost-effective way. That’s important because when governments buy stuff, they spend taxpayer dollars to do it.
When it comes to technology, governments can buy all sorts of things from the GSA, like modems, routers, desktop computers, printers, laptops, tablets, and more. And now, they can buy our Atlas 2-in-1 laptop and our rugged tablet, the Seal, on IT Schedule 70, the federal government’s largest and most widely used acquisition vehicle. Governments buying our American-built computers on GSA contract #47QTCA18D00JR will get a 3% discount on Bak USA MSRPs and an additional 2% discount on orders over $250,000.
Being part of the GSA contract will make our American-built computers more accessible than ever—and that’s an important part of what we do here. The business generated from our new GSA contract will enable us to create more jobs and expand into new product workshops around the country. Our ultimate goal: to level the playing field and give everyone equal access to the prosperity created by technology.
Our computers are already helping governments get the job done.
Governments across the country and around the world are already using our computers. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s happening and where:
- In Ethiopia, the One Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) National Programe is using our Seal to collect the data they need to extend water and sanitation services to citizens throughout the country, reducing the incidence of disease.
- In Jackson County, Oregon, the Water Authority pairs the Seal’s GPS capabilities with Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS software to collect and manage stream measurement data.
- In Erie County, New York, the Board of Elections uses the Seal and 4G LTE to securely transmit election results in real-time. The county’s Department of Health equips field workers with the Seal, which they use when treating patients to create a care plan that links other county departments as part of a grant-funded initiative to fight the opioid epidemic.
- In Niagara County, New York, the Public Works Department combines the Seal’s GPS capabilities with Esri’s ArcGIS software to map infrastructure. County coroners use the Seal to collect and track data.
- The Erie County Department of Planning uses 10 Seal tablets and geospatial software to track manhole covers and other public infrastructure and map needed repairs throughout the county and in the city of Buffalo.
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