Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Announces Merchandise Request for Propsoals

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today announced a Merchandise Request for Proposals, seeking an experienced firm capable of manufacturing, marketing, selling and fulfilling orders for a variety of Host Committee merchandise. The merchandise would be available for purchase by residents, delegates, media and visitors through online stores and at physical locations in Philadelphia for the duration of the Democratic National Convention next July.

“The Convention provides local businesses with a great opportunity to showcase their products and manufacturing capabilities while creating unique, Convention-specific keepsakes for residents and visitors to take home with them,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. “Merchandising businesses from across the Greater Philadelphia region should take advantage of this opportunity to increase their companies’ visibility and help promote the Convention locally and across the country.”

The RFP can be found here. All interested vendors must submit a notification of their intent to bid on the RFP by Wednesday, December 23rd. Final proposals are due to the Host Committee on January 15, 2016.

Vendors must be able to provide merchandise in the following categories:

  • Clothing of all kinds, including outerwear and headwear;
  • Paper products, including books, napkins, and promotional materials;
  • Desk accessories, crystal lucite, and acrylic gift items;
  • Mouse pads and other computer accessories;
  • Electronic/phone accessories;
  • Souvenir photos;
  • Lanyard and credential holders;
  • Bags of all sorts (including tote bags and plastic shopping bags);
  • Official Host Committee Democratic National Convention poster(s) ;
  • Buttons;
  • Magnets;
  • Jewelry items;
  • Key chains;
  • Towels;
  • Writing instruments;
  • Drinkware (mugs, cups, glasses, thermoses, etc.).

Merchandising firms will be required to create and maintain a website from which customers can order Host Committee merchandise as well as arrange to sell their products at the Wells Fargo Center during the four days of the Convention, at certain Philadelphia hotels, and at other Convention facilities from July 21 through July 29, 2016.  The Host Committee will assist the merchandising firm with securing retail space at a downtown Philadelphia location to sell its products as well as with leasing warehouse space within four miles of the Wells Fargo Center to store their products.

Whenever possible, Host Committee merchandise should be made in the United States and produced by union labor.

The merchandise RFP will be awarded early next year.

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