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Q: register where to get email notices of retail lockbox payment RFP's in 2004? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: register where to get email notices of retail lockbox payment RFP's in 2004?
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: 1901bell-ga
List Price: $54.50
Posted: 23 Feb 2004 14:34 PST
Expires: 24 Mar 2004 14:34 PST
Question ID: 310004
Which are the best websites to register with, in order to receive
email notification of at least 80% of all RFP's posted during 2004,
related to retail lockbox payment processing?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 01 Mar 2004 19:23 PST
I know of one site that provides an RFP notification service for
government-issued solicitations.  A search for "lockbox" during 2003
turns up the following:

1 #04-002 LOCKBOX SERVICE FOR REAL ESTATE TAX COLLECTION  Pennsylvania  12/09/2003 
2  Payment Processing Services - Lockbox  Texas  11/10/2003 
3  Lockbox Service  North Carolina  09/02/2003 
4  Lockbox Banking Services  Washington DC 06/03/2003 
5  Federal Flight Deck Officer Lockbox  Virginia  05/22/2003 
6  Banking and Lockbox Services  Massachusetts  05/18/2003 


If you sign up for their service, they send you an email notification
as new RFP's materialize that contain any of the search terms you

Is this the type of service you need?

Clarification of Question by 1901bell-ga on 02 Mar 2004 06:32 PST
Yes, this is the type of service desired (these items 1 through 7 listed are
posted RFP's for retail/wholesale lockbox payment processing services
that various organizations are willing to pay to have done for them,
correct?).  Also, would desire at least a related site for the same
via non-goverenment associated RFP's to be bid upon (as applying for
government work alone often has too many HR related compliance issues,
thus, government site alone may
not capture the 80% of the 2004 RFP's being offered related to this
type of work this year).  I'll attempt to figure out how to up the
amount of this question by $20 to cover the extra time needed to find
like non-government related RFP sit(s) as well.  Thank You.

Clarification of Question by 1901bell-ga on 02 Mar 2004 14:23 PST
Within the States of "AZ" and/or "PA", we have 125,000,000 piece/month
excess capacity regarding lockbox payment (image remittance processing
services, ie:..document stub and check payment), thus, we seek web
site(s) where, during 2004, we can participate in the "RFP" for
vendors requiring such services.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 02 Mar 2004 16:36 PST
Hello again, and thanks for the additional information you've's a big help.

I am only aware of the one site I mentioned above that specializes in
government (federal and state) RFP's.

As for RFP's in the private sector, your best bet might be to automate
web searches to locate -- and notify you -- when new material appears
on the internet pertaining to lockbox RFP's.

To see what I mean, start by having a look at this link:


If the results on this page look useful to you, then it's possible to
set up an automatic search that will notify you by email every time a
new item appears on the web that fits the same search criteria.

Let me know if this is of interest to you.  If it is, I can post and
answer with the details of the site for the government RFP's, as well
as instructions for setting up automatic searches for lockbox RFP's
and notification of new results.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 08 Mar 2004 19:22 PST
Hello again,

Just thought I'd check back in to see if you're still interested in an
answer to this question.  If so, it would be a help to my research to
have some feedback on the question I asked a few days ago.


Clarification of Question by 1901bell-ga on 09 Mar 2004 15:18 PST
Yes, the known government site and the automation of email notifaction of
RFP's open for bid, via posting on the internet for non-government
(retail/wholesale) lockbox payment remittance processing, are both
desireable.  Again we want to be able to read/view and have opportunity
to participate and "know about" 80% of all these types of RFP's
available within a given calendar year (think your combination
solution will allow us to do so, provided we follow your
implementation instructions?, if so, post you answer(s)s and we will
approve). Please let us know if you have any other question(s).  Thank

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 09 Mar 2004 17:04 PST
Hello 1901bell-ga,

I'm getting closer to being able to answer your question, but I'm not
quite there yet.

I can provide you tools that will allow very broad coverage of the
RFP's that appear during the year regarding lockbox contracts.  You
will certainly be notified of virtually all major federal RFP's and
many of the larger state/local government and private sector RFP's.

But I cannot guarantee 80% coverage, and frankly, I don't know anyone
who can.  If an RFP is issued locally, in a town newspaper, perhaps,
it may never be picked up by electronic coverage of internet sources. 
Who knows how many such RFP;s may appear in a year, and how many are
covered/missed by a particular notification scheme.'s up to you.  If you're comfortable with the tools I've
described thus far, I can provide the details of making them work as
an answer to your question.  But if you need that 80% guarantee, I'm
afraid I can't provide it (even though I strongly suspect you *will*
achieve at least that amount of coverage).

Your move.

Clarification of Question by 1901bell-ga on 09 Mar 2004 19:31 PST
Yes, please provide your gvmt and eamil notification scheme as a
combined answer to the question...Thank You.

Clarification of Question by 1901bell-ga on 10 Mar 2004 09:04 PST

We are comfortable with the tools you've described, thus, please
provide the details of making them work as an answer to our question.

thank you for the service, 1901bell-ga

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 10 Mar 2004 09:37 PST
Thanks for getting back to me on this.  I hope to be able to post an
answer this evening.

Subject: Re: register where to get email notices of retail lockbox payment RFP's in 2004?
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 10 Mar 2004 15:45 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello again.

As you've discovered by now, it can be a challenge to keep up to speed
on RFP announcements, especially when trying to cover multiple sources
like federal agencies, state and local governments, and private
businesses.  There are a few key tools that can assist you in this,

The first is a commercial service that specializes in compiling and
making available information on RFPs, called -- naturally enough --

Getting started is simple.  

Their front page includes a search box, so just include the term (or
terms) of interest for your search.  In your case, a simple search on
the word "lockbox" should do the trick, but if your interests or focus
should change, just change the search terms as appropriate.

The default search is for "All States" (federal RFPs are automatically
included).  Use this for a nation-wide search, or select a state of
interest if you want to localize your search.

Then click "Search".  

That's it!

My search returned a list of the titles of seven RFP's. find out the details of the RFP's, you have two options.

One, is to click on the RFP title, which will take you to a page of
FindRFP where you can sign up for their service.  The original sign up
is for a free trial period, which certainly seems worth a try.  After
that, of course, you will have to pay for their service to continue.

As part of their service, you can arrange for to email you
whenever a new RFP appears that meets your criteria.


The second option for finding RFP details is to copy the title of the
RFP of interest (from the list of seven returned by the free search)
and paste it into a Google search.  Many, if not most, of the RFP's
are posted on the internet, and will turn up in a search.

For example, I searched on the most recent RFP:


Note that I used quotation marks in the search -- these help zero in
on the right website.  Also, I dropped the RFP number from the search,
as these don't always "behave" well during searching.

The search gave me few results, the very first one being:

which is a status report from Lehigh County, PA on this particular RFP.

If you decide not to sign up for the automated service,
just repeat the above search steps every few days, and it should do a
good job of keeping you up-to-date on new opportunities.


In addition to the FindRFP site, there is also a wonderful tool
available to automate internet searches and be notified by email
everytime a new document appears pertaining to a lockbox RFP.

First stop is to head to a service known as GoogleAlert:

Click on the "Sign Up" box, and then give yourself a user name and
password as requested, and then enter the email address where you want
to be notified of new results.

You'll then be taken to a page of "Search Settings" where you can
enter the search of interest to you.  In the first line, copy and
paste the following search terms:

lockbox (intitle:rfp OR intitle:bid)

The use of the "intitle" command will look for the terms RFP or Bid in
the title of the document, rather than in the body of the text (the
latter returns far too many results to be useful).

The click "Go".

That's it.  Your automated search is now set up.  After a short while,
you should receive an email from GoogleAlert giving you the results of
its initial search.

The first results will include a lot of links -- essentially, anything
that is already out there on the web -- but subsequently, you will
only be notified when NEW results appear on the web.


Another Google-oriented automated search will do the same sort of
thing, but this time, for breaking news stories and press releases,
rather than general web content.

Head to Google News at:


and enter the exact same search terms as above, along with the email
address, and set the "How often" choice to "As it happens".  You will
then be automatically emailed every time a new news story appears that
contains your search terms.


These three search tools should keep you well informed about new
RFP/Bid opportunities for lockbox work.

Use them for a while and see how they perform.  If you want help at
any point in fine-tuing your searches, just let me know by posting a
Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you further.

All the best in your work.


search strategy:  Used bookmarked sites related to RFP's.
1901bell-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Thank you for the answer and related tips concerning implementation
procedures.  Your question clarifaction(s) were thorough and also well
done. Thanks again.

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