Tuesday, August 26, 2014



When last we posted, the City of New Orleans had just released the "new" uniform bid for 2014. As we pointed out, it was just as screwed up as the 2012 bid.  At the pre-bid conference, we raised so many issues that we were told there would be an addendum coming out to "fix the problems".  Well a couple of days later the problems sure got fixed- the bid was cancelled!

A few weeks ago, the city made another effort at putting out a bid.  This time there were some improvements made- all at the suggestion of the members of the NOPD Uniform Committee- but the bid request was so mistake-riddled that we still suggested three pages of corrections in order to make the thing bid-able.  

The end result? The bid was AGAIN cancelled.  As NOPD members of the local Police Organizations may have heard, the city is going to issue checks, as it did pre-vouchers, instead of making the officers wait even longer for the Purchasing Office to try to correct its mistakes.  

It looks like our fight against the city in the name of fairness and competence has netted the officers what they wanted all along- a return to the checks and an escape from an unacceptable contract with a subpar vendor.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Well folks, the 2014 NOPD Uniform Contract Bid is out.  We are currently working on our submission and we thought you would want to know that the bid is just as poorly written as last year's bid.  Here is the link to the solicitation if you want to check it out.

Admirably, some of the problems from last year's solicitation were corrected.  Unfortunately, even more new holes were opened up in this year's edition.  We have too much work to do, figuring out how to make sense of this mess, to get into another full explanation of the issues.  Just rest assured that whoever put this solicitation together has left the city and NOPD's officers vulnerable to yet another debacle of a uniform contract.  

Of course, we shall do our best to win and thereby save everyone from that misery they previously experienced.  

Be careful out there...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014



A Revelation: Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology by DSM
The Alpha Elite Series is the first body armor to be based on Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology by DSM, available only from Point Blank. It breaks new ground in polymer science and ballistic technology. DSM Dyneema started with Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber, and made it even stronger. In its unique unidirectional construction, it results in body armor weighing just .88 pound per square foot, achieving a new low in weight and a new high in flexible, all-day comfort.

But there’s much more to the Alpha Elite story:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

21 April 2014


When we last updated you on our lawsuit, we were in the process of appealing the 4th Circuit's decision to the Louisiana Supreme Court.  We felt that the Appeals court had erred in its decision to declare that the uniform contract needed to be rebid.  State law dictates that the low bidder should receive a contract, and as the only submission besides the sham Signal 26 bid that the 4th circuit ruled "an absolute nullity", we felt (and still feel) that the contract should have immediately been awarded to A.P.E.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Hello, everyone.  Thanks for being interested in what is going on over at A.P.E.  Before we get on with the updates on our lawsuit, we want to update everyone on some product news.

First of all, we have some amazing new LED flashlights in stock from Coast.  The HP7R and HP5R A.P.E. currently stocks are notable for many reasons (including affordability), but we will give you two big ones here.  
The Coast HP7 Rechargeable Flashlight

Monday, January 27, 2014


A.P.E. carries the full line of garments from manufacturers like Horace Small, Flying Cross, and Gerber.  We also carry jackets (and uniform garments) from Elbeco and Liberty.  And if you are looking for a sweater, we carry Cobmex, one of the most respected and widely known brands in the uniform industry.  If you are Police, Fire, EMS, or anyone else on the front lines of this weather, we got you covered.

We are also dealers for work gear from manufacturers like Red Kap, Bulwark FR, and Wrangler Workwear.  If you are on the job site in this frigid air, we got you covered, too!

Visit our e-commerce site at www.ape911.com, browse the manufacturers' offerings at the links above, or come by the store to see what we have to offer.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Reality Vs. Fantasy: 

How a Poorly Written Bid Led to a Bidders' Subterfuge

Now that the print media and even TV has really started to publicize this case, one thing keeps coming up over and over again in the articles that A.P.E. disagrees with on principle: the statement that Signal 26 was the low bidder.  Here is why.