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Supplier Selection Process
As a national company with deep roots in the local communities we serve, Republic Services is committed to developing partnerships to help us build a best-in-class supply chain. The Republic Services supplier selection process enables us to source goods and services to meet the collective needs of the business at the highest quality and lowest total cost.

Six-Stage Supplier Selection Process
We utilize a multi-step sourcing process to identify industry-leading suppliers capable of delivering goods and services that consistently meet our business needs and provide us a competitive advantage. The graphic below illustrates our ongoing search and evaluation process.
Suppliers selected as a result of the supplier selection process will be designated as Preferred Suppliers for current and future business opportunities.
Electronic Sourcing
Republic Services uses ePro powered by Ariba®, an eSourcing tool, to automate the sourcing process and to quickly gather information from all participating suppliers. We conduct all major sourcing events through ePro.The events are by invitation only. Invited participants must be registered Republic Services vendors.

The following is a list of the types of online events in which interested suppliers might be able to participate:
  • Request for Information (RFI)
    Republic Services’ RFIs follow a format that can be used for comparative purposes as a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.
  • Request for Quotation (RFQ)
    Republic Services’ RFQs typically include comprehensive price per item, payment terms and product information as requested to support the bidding process.
  • Request for Proposal (RFP)
    Republic Services’ RFPs typically involve more than a request for the price. Other requested information may include: basic corporate information and history, financial information (e.g., “can the company deliver without risk of bankruptcy?”), technical capability (used on major procurements of services where the item has not previously been made or where the requirement could be met by varying technical means), product information such as stock availability and estimated completion period, and customer references that can be checked to determine a company's suitability.
  • Reverse Auction
    Republic Services uses reverse auctions when appropriate to reverse the roles of buyer and seller, and have sellers compete to obtain business.
Catalog Management
Where applicable, Republic Services expects suppliers to provide the following types of electronic catalog functionality:
  • Punch Out Catalog
    This functionality makes it possible for buyers to access a supplier's website from within our procurement application.
  • CIF Catalog (Catalog Interchange Format)
    A CIF is an Excel-based catalog with ePro formatting built in.
  • Draft Cart
    An online shopping cart populated by a supplier that can be pulled by Republic Services’ buyers into our own procurement application.

Learn about our Preferred Supplier Program today.

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