Unfortunately there isn't a workaround. It is something that I, as Product Manager, would like to change in an upcoming release.
Covidien would welcome such a change as well.
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The most strategic process for both gathering the most competitive market pricing available, as well as streamlining/simplifying the award process, is to set up your RFP or Reverse Auction so that you have Lots that contain Line Items.
For example, if you're bidding 64 lanes of truckload transportation, you can:
1. Use the RFP round to cast the net wide, with 64 separate line items for each lane. This allows carriers to bid in the lanes that are their in their "sweet spot". Patterns will be create that help you "Lot" the business for the...
2. Follow-on RFP or Reverse Auction, depending on which is appropriate. In the final event stage of a sourcing project, you should always have clearly defined lots, or at a minimum, allow suppliers to create their own bundles to ensure you're soliciting the best pricing possible.
You wouldn't award 64 line items to 64 different suppliers, or likely to even 10 different suppliers if you had that many bidding.
This way, when you award the business, the notification emails go out at the Lot rather than at the Line Item level, greatly reducing the number of notifications that go out.
Great idea, thanks Ellen!