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The Shift From Transactional to Strategic Procurement

December 1, 2021 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

During the workdayhow often do you get caught up on the price of a product you’re working to procure? There’s no fault in your attention to detail and tendency to spend too much time on transactions. Your dedication is valued as your school or organization relies on you to manage purchase orders, RFPs, invoices, delivery schedules, and all involved documentationeven when you might not have enough time or resources.

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Serve and Protect with Worry-Free Cleaning This Winter

November 29, 2021 / by GOJO® posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government

Sanitation and safety have always played a critical role in the lives of emergency responders and public safety professionals. The use of disinfecting products in emergency vehicles and public safety facilities promotes a trustworthy environment when properly used. 

Understanding how to avoid the uncertainties associated with the misuse of cleaning products is more important than ever. Eliminate confusion on and off the job with these tips from GOJO®.

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What You Need To Know About Cybersecurity & Protecting Student Data

November 17, 2021 / by ALC Schools posted in K-12 Education, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

Last month ALC Schools brought awareness to Cyber Security Awareness Month and sat down with their own Chief Technology Officer Bryan Glenn and Security Administrator Brian Kwiecinski to discuss student data protection. Keep reading for the interview transcript. 

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The Free, Intelligent Connector for Higher-Ed Spend Challenges

November 1, 2021 / by Carahsoft posted in Higher Education, Information Technology

Alton Campbell, co-author, serves as vice president, higher education for OMNIA Partners, Public Sector. He leads a national team of regional managers who bring strategic contract solutions to colleges and universities. 


Utilizing cooperative purchasing empowers participants to access and leverage immense buying power to achieve more value, time, and cost-savings. It’s no wonder why the higher education space partners with cooperative purchasing organizations such as OMNIA Partners, the most experienced cooperative and free connector to drive excellence and meet strategic goals, particularly in a time when the pandemic has squeezed budgets. 

We have witnessed a growth in higher education spending, largely accelerated by the pandemic, in information technology, air filtration, and furniture. When it comes to investments in these major categories, OMNIA Partners has an extensive portfolio of suppliers who offer solutions.

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A Greener Future for Playgrounds

October 29, 2021 / by KOMPAN, Inc. posted in K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

KOMPAN can make it possible to choose lower carbon emissions by picking products that are either born green or made green.

For a brighter future for our children, we all must carry the responsibility of lowering carbon emissions. According to United Nations, we need to cut carbon by 45% before 2030 in order to keep temperature increase to only 1.5 degrees.

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Reopen This Fall with a Comprehensive Floor Care Strategy

October 20, 2021 / by 3M posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Higher Education

The floor is one of the first things customers and visitors notice when entering a building, and a dirty or damaged floor will most certainly catch their unwanted attention. With more and more public sector buildings reopening across the country, it’s imperative to ensure a positive first impression. Now, more than ever, facility managers at schools and government agencies need to develop and implement a comprehensive floor care strategy that enhances a building’s appearance while also providing health and safety benefits to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19.

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Unconventional Solutions for Pathogen Reduction in Schools

October 8, 2021 / by MeTEOR Education posted in Furniture, K-12 Education

With the wealth of information on air purifying and disinfecting available for school safety and sanitation today, many administrators are looking for guidance on best practices to utilize in and out of the classroom.

By leveraging cooperative purchasing, participants of OMNIA Partners can benefit from our cooperative contract with MeTEOR Education to ensure their schools are operating at maximum safety for students and faculty alike. 

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Local County Government Increases Purchasing Power by Leveraging Cooperative Contract

October 7, 2021 / by Network Distribution posted in Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

Network Distribution® (Network) is a global distribution organization supported by the power of local expertise that provides participants of OMNIA Partners with industry expertise, customizable programs, and products from the industry's top suppliers. By leveraging the Network cooperative contract offered through the OMNIA Partners cooperative program, a suburban county in the Pacific Northwest was able to "piggyback" off of the Lead Agency’s contract where competitive costs for name-brand janitorial supplies were already evaluated and publicly awarded.

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The Relationship Between Alcohol & Crime: Alcohol Monitoring Programs

October 1, 2021 / by BI Incorporated posted in Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Local & State Government

Why You Need an Alcohol Monitoring Program

Alcohol abuse is a contributing factor in thousands of crimes committed in the U.S each year. COVID-19 and social-distancing protocols have only added to alcohol-related crimes. Alcohol sales increased 21% from June 2019 to June 2020, along with violent crime. Commonly associated with drinking and driving traffic fatalities, research proves that alcohol is an integral part of most crime. The influence of alcohol and addiction creates problems at every level of the corrections process; therefore, it’s important that agencies have an effective alcohol monitoring program in place.

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Results You Can See: Understanding Residual Sanitization and Disinfection

September 30, 2021 / by Kimberly-Clark Professional posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, K-12 Education

In any facility, infection prevention begins and ends with the reduction or elimination of human exposure to harmful germs. Effective surface hygiene is critical to helping achieve this goal. To ensure proper surface sanitization and disinfection, Kimberly-Clark Professional shares valuable information to help participants of OMNIA Partners understand the different methods, effectiveness, and factors that can impact performance. 

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