BROCKTON – When all things are equal – or at least close to it – council decided priority should be given to downtown businesses over those in nearby communities.
The matter in question was the purchase of 21 computers. Staff had recommended purchasing them from the municipality’s current IT provider, MicroAge in Hanover, because MicroAge’s quote was the lowest, at $894 each.
Two other suppliers were asked to quote on the computers – Joy Source for Sports and HDTV (which does not sell computers and was thus unable to quote). The quote from Joy Source for Sports was $909.60 each. Council chose to go with that quote because it was from a Brockton business.
Coun. Kym Hutcheon said the price difference between the two quotes was small, and that the municipality should go with the Brockton business.
Coun. Tim Elphick agreed, saying when the price difference is so small, “why go outside for savings of about $325? We have a vendor in Brockton.”
Coun. Steve Adams cautioned that both businesses were asked to quote on the purchase, and one was lower. “If you’re not going to give business to a company, don’t ask for a bid.” He suggested if he were in that situation, he might not be inclined to bid again.
Coun. Dean Leifso backed Adams, saying it was a question of how to define “local.” He took a regional view, saying people live and work all over the area. He also said a “dangerous precedent” would be set by not going with the lowest quote. For him, the “tipping point” is that MicroAge will be servicing the computers.
It was noted the quotes were informal ones, not formal tenders.
When the matter was put to a recorded vote, only Adams and Leifso voted against purchasing from Joy Source
Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL) – Get Report reportedly is set to win antitrust approval from the European Union for its $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) – Get Report.
Reuters reported that Google offered fresh concessions to the European Commission in a bid to address concerns the deal could entrench Google’s power in online advertising and boost its trove of data.
The company said it had offered to restrict the use of Fitbit data for Google ads and would also tighten the monitoring of that process.
“We’re also formalizing our longstanding commitment to supporting other wearable manufacturers on Android and to continue to allow Fitbit users to connect to third party services via APIs (application programming interfaces) if they want to,” Google told Reuters in a statement.
The concessions are set to clear the way for the deal to be approved, Reuters said, citing people familiar with the matter.
The EU competition enforcer will now seek feedback from rivals and customers before deciding whether to accept Google’s concessions, demand more, or either clear or block the detail.
Last month, it rejected Google’s pledge not to use the fitness tracker’s data for advertising purposes in a bid to address competition concerns, saying that it was insufficient.
Fitbit had a 3% share of the global wearables market as of the first quarter of 2020, lagging behind Apple’s 29.3% share, as well as Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei, Reuters said, citing data from market research firm International Data Corp.
In August, Amazon (AMZN) – Get Report introduced the Amazon Halo, a health and fitness-tracking wristband paired with a subscription service and smartphone app.
The commission recently asked Google’s rivals and customers about interoperability issues, what technical steps Google could take to foreclose competition to Fitbit
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