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School System Improves Procurement Process While Minimizing Costs

June 29, 2022 / by Network Distribution posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Janitorial & Sanitation

Being a small school system comes with challenges but purchasing large quantities of materials and products doesn’t have to be one of them. A public school district in the Mid-Atlantic region was responsible for the procurement process of multiple items to maintain the health and wellness of their facilities. With four schools in the system consisting of 600 students, the district's staff discovered that purchasing quantities of essential janitorial and sanitation materials was a lengthy, expensive, and resource-intensive process. 

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How Procurement Can Mobilize School Safety & Security Plans

June 29, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Cooperative Purchasing

There’s a high demand for products and services in the safety and security realm, especially for K-12 and higher education procurement leaders preparing for their students and teachers to return to school. Your purchasing team plays a significant role in identifying and facilitating the use of the most innovative IT and facilities solutions to protect your young people and the educators working alongside them.  

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Ensuring Citizen Trust: The Importance of Data Privacy & Security

June 22, 2022 / by Iron Mountain posted in Information Technology, security

Loss of critical data and information continues to draw the attention of state, local, and education organizations because they know data loss erodes constituents’ trust. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) latest annual State CIO Top 10 Priorities ranks “Cybersecurity and Risk Management” as the top concern in 2022, with a specific focus on governance, data protection, insider threats, and third-party risk. EDUCAUSE listed “developing processes and controls, institutional infrastructure, and institutional workforce skills to protect and secure data and supply-chain integrity” as its number-one IT issue for 2022.

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Streamline Back-to-School Purchasing with a Cooperative

June 16, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

Having innovative education products for your learning spaces is key to the day-to-day success of students and teachers.Whether you’re a procurement leader in K-12 schools or higher education institutions, it’s imperative to have a purchasing plan that provides your schools with immediate access to top of the line supplies for each of your classroom or campus’ unique needs.

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How to Uncover Technology Gaps to Enhance Your Security

June 16, 2022 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Sudden, dramatic business changes can create – or expose – gaps in your IT systems and infrastructure. But before you can address them, you need to know they exist. Your IT infrastructure determines how productive your people can be. It keeps your data and information safe. Ultimately, your IT practices directly affect your revenue and profit. In this blog, you will learn about various potential gaps in your IT infrastructure, and how Ricoh can help participants of OMNIA Partners fill these gaps and enhance their network security.

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Procurement’s Guide to Sourcing Quality IT Talent & Solutions

June 9, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, IT & Telecom, Cooperative Purchasing

Organizations are experiencing the stress of navigating employment today with the ongoing talent shortage fueled by The Great Resignation and evolving work environments. In the current labor market, public agencies are pressed to find quality talent to quickly fill the constantly changing needs in their ongoing digital transformation. Specifically, the need for Information Technology (IT) temporary and professional services continues to grow as technology accelerates rapidly, impacting the different types of expertise required to run new programs.

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Top 2 Benefits of Using Microfiber in Your School's Cleaning Routine

May 25, 2022 / by Rubbermaid Commercial Products posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Janitorial & Sanitation

Every year as summer draws to an end, families across the country start crossing items off their back-to-school checklists. Along with backpacks and school supplies, planning for the beginning of the school year includes ensuring immunizations are up-to-date and physicals are complete.  As the start of the school year usually brings a wave of ‘bugs’ or infections, it’s essential to recognize the critical need to enhance cleaning and hygiene efforts in classrooms and school facilities. 

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Higher Ed Sourcing Leader’s Guide to Streamlining Your Process

May 23, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

In an evolving marketplace with several national challenges directly impacting procurement, supply chain and sourcing functions, more and more of these teams are being looped in to solve the largest organizational obstacles. Examples include assisting HR with talent shortage solutions and working with IT stakeholders on virtual course innovations at their colleges and universities.

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Growing Minds Benefit from Dynamic Movement

May 19, 2022 / by Virco posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Furniture & Installation

When it comes to the classroom, it’s important to consider ergonomic furniture that’s designed to  flex and move with ease to help students find the position and space where  they work best.

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How Ergonomic Furniture Directly Improves Student Performance

May 16, 2022 / by VS America, Inc. posted in K-12 Education, Furniture & Installation

As research continues to surface regarding the correlation between classroom design and student performance, it’s the perfect time to explore why this is the case. For students, parents, and educators alike (as well as those responsible for creating the spaces in which individuals learn), having a clear concept of how an environment can impact personal development and performance is vital. Not only are flexible and responsive furniture items like ergonomic classroom chairs, adjustable storage elements, and modular student desks changing the way that students experience learning, they’re also pushing forward the boundary of what students are capable of.

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