The complete Hänel Storage Systems GSA contract offering can be found at
www.gsaadvantage.gov.
In 1949, the United States Government established the General Services Administration in order to streamline the administrative work of the federal government. The GSA consolidated several government entities into one federal agency tasked with administering needed supplies and providing workplaces for all federal employees.

The GSA’s original mission was to dispose of war surplus goods, manage and store government records, handle emergency preparedness, and stockpile strategic supplies for wartime. These responsibilities are still part of the GSA’s mission, but today the administration also provides workspace for more than 1 million federal civilian workers. These employees occupy over 8,300 owned and leased buildings valued at over $500 billion with a motor pool numbering over 210,000 vehicles. This massive workforce consumes large volumes of office, cleaning, maintenance and other supplies, resulting in about $66 billion of procurement annually.

Over the last 20 years, the GSA has been a leader in the implementation of new technologies to complete its mission and better serve its customers. Online portals such as GSA Advantage!™ connect federal employees with thousands of vendors who hold GSA contracts. GSA has also played an important role in transforming federal buildings into higher performing, greener buildings and working towards a zero environmental footprint with a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

As a contract holder, Hänel Storage Systems provides the GSA a range of products that are used by all branches of the U.S. Government, including the Armed Forces, Federal Offices, and Veterans Administration Hospitals. GSA purchases are used in the same popular applications found in Hänel’s commercial markets, including office filing, aircraft and vehicle maintenance and electronics. The difference of course is the type of materials stored. GSA Rotomats® and Lean-Lift’s® are called upon to hold a soldier’s battle dress and weapons, spare parts for tanks and satellites and even repair equipment for the President’s aircraft – Air Force One!

The U.S. Government is always striving to maximize efficiency and save space, while improving productivity. In fact, most military bases even have a team dedicated to implementing lean initiatives on site. It’s clear that automated vertical storage is ideal for the GSA, and indeed, the government is the largest user of vertical storage equipment in the United States. With today’s budget cuts, reductions in personnel and increases in equipment returning from overseas theaters, the need to improve productivity and better organize and track inventory has never been more important.

Perhaps the most important role that the GSA plays is the negotiation of price contracts with vendors in order to leverage the buying power of the GSA and provide quality goods and services at the best price possible.

The excellent reputation of Hänel and the advantages offered by Hänel Rotomats® and Lean-Lifts® have allowed us to become the #1 supplier of vertical carousels and lifts to the GSA. Hänel enjoyed 63% of the C/VLM market share in fiscal 2011.
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