Used to obtain general information about products, services or suppliers. An RFI is sometimes used to gather benchmark information and general market data from the marketplace. Buyers rarely if ever select a supplier based on RFI information, but rather use the information to help them further refine the RFx approach. As such, a RFI typically precedes other RFx processes found below and often used to help a buyer to down-select the number of potential suppliers they will evaluate. An RFI can be used with any of the RFx processes.