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3 Best Practices to Maintain Your Facility Floors

April 4, 2023 / by 3M posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Flooring, Janitorial & Sanitation

Facility managers have always been concerned about “clean.” Customers and employees can tell when a space has been carefully cleaned and a less-than-clean facility can translate into lost revenue. Learn how 3M, available on your favorite distributor’s contract through OMNIA Partners, can help achieve a deeper, longer-lasting, clean from the surface to the subfloor. 

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How Can Public Sector Manage Their Storage Needs?

March 30, 2023 / by SHI posted in K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

If you work at an education institution or a state or local government, then modern data storage poses a particular challenge to your organization. While it is challenging to identify all of the ways that data is utilized, it is critical to be mindful of how it is used, stored, and accessed. While understanding and managing your data may seem daunting, you can overcome the challenges ahead with proper knowledge and resources, from SHI and OMNIA Partners, who can help you through the whole process. 

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Optimize Your Agency’s Spending Habits with Cooperative Purchasing

March 22, 2023 / by OMNIA Partners posted in spend management tools, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

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. 

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K-12 Food Buying Made Easy Through Cooperative Purchasing

March 17, 2023 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing, Food Service

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.

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Purchasing Structures: Get the Most Out of Your Purchasing Strategy

March 13, 2023 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

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.  

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Group Purchasing Organization, Buying Group or Co-op: What’s the Difference?

March 6, 2023 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Supply Chain Management, Procurement

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.

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7 Tips for Wastewater Maintenance Amidst Labor Shortages and External Factors

March 1, 2023 / by Lawson Products posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government, MRO

Keeping wastewater treatment plants up and running, and delivering clean water to communities, while keeping pollutants out of the environment is a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year job. Aging infrastructure, climate challenges and labor shortages make it especially challenging for municipal water treatment plants to ensure the integrity and maintain the reliability of their facilities. Lawson Products, available through OMNIA Partners, shares 7 preventative maintenance tips that municipalities can benefit from to make sure treatment plants are operating smoothly and efficiently.

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Catering Season Serves Up Extra Revenue & Other Key Benefits to University Programs

March 1, 2023 / by OMNIA Partners posted in K-12 Education, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing, Food Service

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.

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5 Steps to Starting an Esports League and How it Benefits Your School

February 28, 2023 / by Best Buy posted in K-12 Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, Cooperative Purchasing, Esports

In 2018, the National Federation of State High School Associations recognized esports as an official sport. In 2020, U.S. colleges and universities awarded nearly $16 million in esports scholarships, prompting K12 schools to start their own esports teams.

In this blog, Best Buy Education offers steps to starting an esports league on your campus and the benefits it brings to schools and students. Procurement professionals are integral to implementing an esports program. OMNIA Partners offers competitively solicited cooperative contracts that schools can trust to effectively establish an esports program. 

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Six Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Facility

February 28, 2023 / by Network Distribution posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Janitorial & Sanitation

It is important to take steps to ensure that your building is properly cleaned and maintained, especially during the winter season. Not only will this help to create a pleasant and welcoming environment for employees, customers, and visitors, but it can also help to prevent accidents and the spread of illness. Here are six tips for cleaning and maintaining your facility for the winter season.

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