In the past, merchandising of Made In Alaska promotional items such as but not limited to: t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, collectible pins, stickers, hats, mugs, maps, posters, and other items was done though the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Public Information Centers, located in Anchorage and Fairbanks, or through regional park offices. Merchandise was purchased by Made In Alaska and provided to the Public Information Centers or regional offices for display and over-the-counter sale.
Scope of Work
Community and Regional Affairs (DCRA) is looking for qualified contractors to partner in the design, production, and merchandising of Made in Alaska (MIA) merchandise, of which a pre-determined portion of the proceeds will be returned by the selected contractors to the State. Merchandise may include but is not limited to: t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. As stated in Section 1.02 Budget of this RFP, the State requires a minimum of 15% of gross sales for any contracts resulting from this RFP. Proposals less than 15% of gross sales will be considered nonresponsive and be rejected by the State. DCCED/DCRA envisions a working partnership with selected contractors and Development Specialist, or other MIA designee, to utilize existing MIA logos on merchandise, development of logos and design for MIA commemorative events, and independent contractor development of logos and designs for marketing and sale of MIA merchandise. The selected contractors will be responsible for establishing a relationship with merchandise vendors that are U.S. based and operated, using Alaska vendors whenever possible, the creation and production of merchandise, and the marketing and sale of merchandise throughout the State of Alaska and nationwide. The selected contractors must have the ability to have merchandise ready for marketing and distribution before May 1st of each contract year beginning in 2022. Per the requirements of Alaska Statute (AS) 41.21.026 governing DCRA merchandise: “To the extent practicable, the department shall sell only merchandise produced or manufactured, including printing, screen printing, and embroidery, in the United States that, subject to AS 36.30, is procured from either an Alaska bidder or a person that employs prisoners under AS 33.30.191(b).” Use of Made in Alaska and products listed on the current Alaska Product Preference list is desired but not required. Information on these and other programs managed by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Economic Development can be found at the following link: Development Section, Division of Economic Development (alaska.gov). Use of Alaska Forest Product Preference and Alaska Agricultural and Fisheries and Product Preference as specified within AS 36.15.010 and AS 36.15.050 are also desired, where applicable and possible. In addition to the General Conditions listed in Appendix A and Appendix B1 Indemnity and Insurance requirements (attached to this RFP), the selected contractors will also be required to sign the DCRA logo licensing agreement. An example of the logo licensing agreement is attached to this RFP. The selected contractors will also be required to have written approval from the DCRA on all additional designs and merchandise and for any online marketing
Offerors must submit a copy of their proposal, in writing, to the procurement officer by email to CED.Procurement@alaska.gov . Note: this is not the address of the Procurement Officer. The proposal submittal forms must be saved as separate PDF documents and emailed to CED.Procurement@alaska.gov as separate, clearly labeled attachments, such as “Vendor Name – Submittal Form A.pdf” (Vendor Name is the name of the offeror). The email must contain the RFP number in the subject line.