Guidance on Shopping Method of Procurement
Business Document | June 2013
This note gives guidance on the use of shopping as a procurement method. It is considered as a local procurement method conducted within a borrowing member country, although foreign bidders from other ADB member countries have the right to offer quotations in a shopping procedure. Shopping is intended to be a simple and rapid procurement method, but is one of the least competitive procurement methods and may be abused.
- To procure small amounts of off-the-shelf goods or standard specification commodities;
- To engage contractors for simple civil works of small value; and
- To procure contracts with a combination of off-the-shelf goods and very urgent minor civil works such as in emergency projects or for urgent relief-type operations including re-establishment of vital services like utilities, communications, shelter, and vital supplies which stem from disasters or conflict.