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.
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.
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.
As a business owner or manager, you’ve got to make decisions every day. Large or small, they all have an impact on the health of the business, the happiness of your employees, and those numbers at the bottom of the balance sheet.
Managing uniforms is just one of those decisions. At first glance, uniforms seem like a minor part of business, but where you get your uniforms, what they look like, and how they are handled all have a much more significant effect than you think. For those in the medical industry, they’re tantamount to safety. For those in retail, they’re critical to your brand. For those in hospitality, they’re both at the same time.
A rapidly changing workforce, integrated with the advent of the digital era, is shifting the way procurement operates. Younger generations entering the public sector workforce are proposing improvements to current processes that questions the status quo. For the first time in modern age, five generations are present at work –Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Gen Z.
Between 2007 and 2016, pedestrian deaths increased by a whopping 27 percent in the U.S., with 75 percent of those deaths occurring in the dark and 70 percent occurring at non-intersections, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Though pedestrian deaths have lowered slightly since 2016, multiple reports have found the number still hovers near 6,000.
Those who think that plastic front-end load containers (FELs) are not for them should think again. Recent changes in design and manufacturing processes have made plastic FELs more durable than and cost-competitive with traditional steel models. When selecting an FEL, it is important to understand the major advantages of plastic over steel in terms of sustainability, ease of use and total cost of ownership.
Cooperative purchasing is more dynamic and effective than ever for government entities. The growing trend of using cooperative purchasing has driven surprising savings, superior results and flexibility for a wide array of government groups.
OMNIA Partners Workforce Management System, Kronos Incorporated, discusses the pressures that Governments are facing to modernize and offers improvements on how to do so.
What should a state agency do if it has 7,000 aging end-user devices that need to be replaced? How about a school that wants to outfit their network with the latest security software following a breach in a neighboring town?