Procurement professionals who have never used a cooperative purchasing organization typically have a lot of questions about the value of such an approach.
Cooperative contracts offer many benefits for public agencies. They provide volume discounts, unprecedented value, better delivery terms and supply chain advantages while reducing administrative time and expense.
Every day, the School Board of Sarasota County (SBSC) facilities maintenance department faces a twofold mission: maintain a safe, productive environment for teachers and students across the county; and do the job as efficiently and effectively as possible, keeping finite resources focused on the #1 priority – students learning. With more than 50 educational sites and five maintenance facilities spread out over multiple geographic zones, this is no small feat.
Could your business use a boost in the innovation department?
You’re not alone. Two-thirds of companies that were surveyed* by Haworth, Inc. chose innovation as their top priority. But… something is keeping them from achieving the innovation they desire. Sound familiar?
At some point, your organization will face an emergency – whether it’s a natural disaster or human-made. These emergencies can be make-or-break moments for procurement teams. The key to surviving and even thriving in a time of crisis is planning.
Comfortable, healthy and cost-efficient facilities play an important role in organizational outcomes: Buildings that use energy efficiently and keep occupants comfortable are assets. Those that operate inconsistently and inefficiently are liabilities. Over time, aging systems can turn any facility into a burden. But when budgets barely cover immediate maintenance and repairs, what are the options? Some organizations are taking a look at Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC).
Cooperative purchasing helps public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits stay on budget while delivering efficiencies. All procurement professionals strive to stay on top of procurement best practices and get the most out of their resources. These five tips will help you get the most out of your cooperative purchasing partnership.
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on raising awareness and improving safety practices. Making safety a priority on the roads and in our community can start with vehicle safety. Don't underestimate the value of choosing a work vehicle that is built for safety. Utility vehicles are available through OMNIA Partners and provide a safe and sustainable alternative to a work vehicle.
Here are a few reasons to choose a work vehicle that is built with safety in mind. Columbia, who provides electric utility vehicles, shares the many safety features that help ensure operator safety, injury prevention, reduced time due to incidents, and the resulting legal and economic impact of adverse events.
Public entities like state and local government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits all face ever-tightening budgets and constant expense pressures. Cooperative purchasing is a well-known strategy for reducing costs and adding efficiencies.
Here are five ways cooperative purchasing improves the public procurement process.
Employers should be aware of the dangers excessive heat has on employees. Hazards of heat exposure are most commonly associated with summer months, however, certain jobs can have extreme heat all year round, like foundry and boiler room work. Physical exertion coupled with heat and humidity can cause more than just discomfort. These variables can lead to a number of heat-related illnesses, some of which can be very dangerous. Make sure you know the signs of heat stress and how to prevent it.