Industry Insights

Protecting Student Privacy with Educational Technology

August 6, 2020 / by CDW-G posted in K-12 Education, Information Technology

Schools can’t adopt new solutions if they can’t keep children’s data safe.

Before joining CDW, I served as the director of curriculum and innovation for a large school district in Texas. In that role, I witnessed the creativity and dedication of teachers firsthand. I often traveled with those educators to conferences where we learned together about exciting new technologies that could transform the classroom experience. 

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How to Clean & Disinfect Public Seating

July 28, 2020 / by Irwin Seating Company posted in Furniture, Emergency Situations

As many facilities, schools and universities plan to reopen this Fall, one topic of conversation should be around cleaning and disinfecting your public and fixed seating. 

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Travel Management: Are You Getting The Support You Need?

July 21, 2020 / by Uniglobe Travel Designers posted in Travel, Travel Management

Travel is constantly changing. COVID-19 is an ugly example of just how much can change so quickly. And throughout these changes it’s important to have a trusted, meaningful, partnership with your travel management company (TMC).

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Three Questions to Help Your Supply Chain Work through a Disaster

July 16, 2020 / by Fastenal posted in Facilities, Disaster Relief, Emergency Situations

If a hurricane is just off the coast, it’s a bit late to wonder how your supply chain will weather the storm. If landfall can happen in your area, proactively put a plan in place to ensure supplies are there when you need them most. Wildfires, tropical storms, flooding: Regardless of the type of disaster, knowing your supply chain can adjust to situations is more than just peace of mind. With the right supplies where you need them, you can better serve those who rely on you.

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How to Purchase for Workplace Distancing

June 26, 2020 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities, Emergency Situations

With the “new norm” emerging, it’s necessary for agencies to reevaluate how they’re going to maintain social distancing to protect employees from transmission of infectious diseases. Whether you’re preparing for returning staff or shutting down to take measures on existing procedures, workplace safety is the topic of a lot of discussions, but what are next steps for procurement to take in order to make their impact on business safety? What areas do considerations need to be made for? 

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Embracing a New Reality

June 2, 2020 / by Herman Miller posted in Furniture, Office Furniture

Herman Miller's workplace strategy insights for COVID-19 and beyond

As you explore the best way to help your employees return to the workplace--whether that's in a traditional office, at home, or somewhere in between--Herman Miller is here to help. We understand the challenges because we're experiencing them, too, and we're learning right along with you.The insights we've gained during this crisis form the contents of this report, along with over 50 years of research about people and the ways and places they work.

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OMNIA Partners Helps Denver Stay Ahead of The Pandemic Curve

May 20, 2020 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Purchasing, Procurement, Local Government

Lance Jay, Chief Procurement Officer at the City and County of Denver in Colorado, says local governments are facing market and workforce challenges in COVID-19. "Goods and services are not readily available and as a city we are seeing price inflation as demand across the globe far exceeds the supply."

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Creating a “Customer Obsessed” Culture While Lowering Your Total Cost of Procurement

February 26, 2020 / by Amazon Business posted in Purchasing, Procurement, Business Products

When speaking to finance and procurement departments at school districts, I often ask: “Who is the end customer that you serve?” The responses I receive, ranging from administrative assistants, teachers, school boards, and students, vary widely. While there is no single right answer, I’d suggest that they are all customers of procurement. With so many end customers, it’s important to have at least one guiding principle that influences how organizational decisions are made.

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How Cooperative Contracts Can Overcome Procurement Challenges

January 16, 2020 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Purchasing, Procurement, Local Government

Kirkland Wash, a city of almost 88,000 on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, often relies on cooperative agreements says its financial operations manager, Greg Piland.

Meeting the procurement needs in Kirkland, Wash., a city of almost 88,000 on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, is a major task with increasing demands, says its financial operations manager, Greg Piland. 
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How (And Why) You Should Get Strategic with Procurement

January 14, 2020 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Leadership

A procurement strategy is essential when assessing the direction of a public entity, like state and local government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations – all of which face expense pressures and tight budgets.

Implementing a comprehensive procurement strategy helps procurement staff to handle their diverse range of responsibilities and acts as a guide for the organization’s long-term goals and action plans. There are many types of procurement strategies, with organizations typically focusing on cost reduction, risk mitigation, and leveraging supplier relationships. However, a successful procurement strategy should be an organization-wide process that is tailored to meet the needs of an agency.
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