Preparing for a disaster tomorrow begins with a plan today. Whether the emergency is as minor as water damage from a broken pipe or as significant as a large-scale disaster, procurement professionals who have a coordinated plan in place can lead the way to faster response and recovery.
As a public agency procurement leader, you are in charge of managing a slew of contracts and RFPs (request for proposals) on a daily basis.The most strategic procurement professionals often look to cooperative purchasingto lessen the stress of vetting suppliers, but did you know a cooperative’s purpose extends well beyond this benefit?Cooperatives serve as an extension of your teamallowing you topurchase high value products for less from industry-leadingsuppliers while also benefiting from lifelong supplier relationship management.
Buying and selecting food programs for K-12 schools is a unique challenge. Between budget constraints and nutrition regulations, it proves to be a challenging task to find the right program. By leveraging your cooperative purchasing organization’s supplier partnerships, you can rest easy knowing your program was designed to tackle ever-changing guidelines while also allowing for flexibility to meet your district’s current needs.
Have you ever taken a step back and evaluated your purchasing structure and strategy to ensure they are aligned? While you may have a structure in place, there are still ways to optimize your strategy and get the most out of your procurement process.
When people buy groceries, they decide which stores will save them money and offer the products they need. Some stores require membership fees; some focus only on specialty groceries, while others provide the widest possible range of products. Group purchasing entities work in a similar way. Like the grocery store example, understanding the subtle differences is key to finding the right purchasing partner.
As a higher education institution, you may not realize the benefits of adding a catering program to your labor retention strategy. By implementing a full catering service, you open the door to more jobs year-round so your food staff can feel at ease knowing the summer months won’t mean unemployment for them. Learn how big-name universities are leveraging cooperative contracts through OMNIA Partners to ensure that they are getting the best value out of their food service distributor.
Campus dining programs have a way of bringing students together to connect and share stories. Those connections happen at all hours across locations from food courts, catered events or the sports arena. However, with product shortages, inflation, food delivery and off-campus competition in the mix, the challenges around sourcing food for a college or university are complex.
Every space needs furniture to be functional. Without desks, your students can’t learn comfortably. Without cubicles, your employees can’t have their own workspace. Without dorm furniture, your university students can’t live on campus. Workspace solutions and interiors are the foundation of the functionality of agencies, schools, and universities.
Teachers are constantly seeking new ways to keep students engaged throughout the day.
While 2020 threw a curveball to the education sector as alternative learning methods had to be quickly employed, it also peeled back the curtain on challenges we hadn’t imagined yet.
Providing for a large county is a lot of work and requires a diverse set of goods and services. Ensuring your staff and residents have access to the supplies they need, when they need them, is KEY.