Covid-19 4PL Services – Supplier Event Webinar 22 September 2020

Covid-19 4PL Services – Supplier Event Webinar 22 September 2020

The demand for Covid-19 testing is increasing significantly. NHS Test and Trace is seeking to procure 4PL services to manage and co-ordinate the end-to-end supply chain.

United Kingdom-London: Storage and warehousing services

2020/S 179-433267

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department of Health and Social Care
Postal address: 39 Victoria Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI32 Westminster
Postal code: SW1H 0EU
Country: United Kingdom
I.2)Information about joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Covid-19 4PL Services


II.1.2)Main CPV code

63120000 Storage and warehousing services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

NHS Test and Trace is the national organisation under the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) responsible for conducting Covid-19 testing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisation currently operates the end-to-end supply chain and logistics to support all Covid-19 testing activities via various channels. In order to be able to significantly scale up the number of daily tests as well as making the operations more efficient, we are looking for an end-to-end management of all associated supply chain and logistics processes along the chain (4PL services).


II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

72212430 Inventory management software development services
79411000 General management consultancy services
60161000 Parcel transport services

II.2.3)Place of performance

Main site or place of performance:



II.2.4)Description of the procurement:


The demand for Covid-19 testing is increasing significantly. NHS Test and Trace is seeking to procure 4PL services to manage and co-ordinate the end-to-end supply chain. For the purposes of clarity, by ‘4PL provider’ we mean an organisation who will be responsible for the co-ordination and integration of Logistics between DHSC and multiple logistics service providers. The ambition of NHS Test and Trace is to ensure that everyone who needs a test in the UK has access to one. This is accomplished by an end-to-end supply chain and logistics spanning the following steps:

— material supply including inbound transportation

— quality check

— warehouse operations

— kitting and dispatching

— delivery into the channels (homes, satellites, testing stations)

— sample return logistics

— de-packing operations

— sample testing (labs).

These services including associated planning and transactional processes needs to be operated at scale and with maximum efficiency. More specifically we are investigating the possibility of a future 4PL partner to undertake the following core activities:

— system integration of all executing 3PL parties

— order management for all flows

— transport management for all flows

— lab, warehouse, kitting, packing, de-packing capacity management

— incident and exception management

— visibility and performance monitoring

— logistics invoice management

— operating system for all of the above services optional additional activities that are under considerations are:

— demand planning

— inventory management

— purchasing management.

We intend to hold a supplier event, likely to be a Webinar, on 22 September (Further details will be provided nearer the time). It will provide those who may be interested in delivering the above services an opportunity to understand our requirements further and highlight key areas of consideration and innovations. We would request that organisations determine who would be best placed to attend. Please register with your interest via our e-Procurement System by 18 September where further details of the event will become available. If you are not currently registered on our e-Procurement System, please register via the link and details below. Please note that all future correspondence for the event will be our e-Procurement System.


II.2.14)Additional information

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:


Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:


This PIN is being published for information purposes only (under Regulation 48) in order to notify potential bidders of the supplier event detailed above. All information set out in this PIN, including the nature and extent of the services, could be subject to change. NHS Test and Trace is not liable for any costs incurred by potential bidders in expressing an interest or in participating in the supplier event. NHS Test and Trace reserves the right to cancel or change the market engagement event (or any part of it) at its discretion. Suppliers instructions: The opportunity will be available on the DHSC Atamis eTendering System. Select this link to access and register your organisation to the Atamis system How to express interest in this webinar: Select ‘Find Opportunities’ and then select the Covid-19 Home Testing Fulfilment Services opportunity. Once you have selected the Opportunity, press the ‘Register Interest’ button to register your interest. For further assistance please consult the online help, or the eTendering help desk. NHS Test and Trace expressly reserves the rights:

(i) to use a reverse auction;

(ii) to cancel this engagement at any stage;

(iii) and in no circumstances will NHS Test and Trace be liable for any costs incurred by potential suppliers.


VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: