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K-12 Purchasers Transform Their Process with a Cooperative

November 14, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Cooperative Purchasing

Inflation, supply chain disruptions, product and labor shortages, the list goes on and on. We could talk about the challenges K-12 educators are facing all day if we wanted to. Due to these major hurdles and the need for admin approval, it is becoming more common for school systems to pull in procurement and sourcing professionals for assistance.  

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Fire Safety 101: Steps to Protect Your School or Agency

October 31, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Procurement, Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Cooperative Purchasing

No one wants to think about their organization experiencing a fire, but we can’t stress enough the importance of being prepared and going the extra mile to ensure your fire safety equipment is running smoothly. From routine fire drills to training employees on preventative habits, each step is key to protecting your stakeholders should an emergency occur.  

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4 Tips to Adapt Your Technology and Improve Public Safety

October 27, 2022 / by Carahsoft posted in IT & Telecom, Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness

How can law enforcement agencies heighten public safety to fight cybersecurity threats and crime? Carahsoft, a government and educational IT solutions provider of OMNIA Partners shares insight on the four key areas that agencies should focus on:

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Major Arizona Arts Center Meets Tight Deadline with Cooperative Purchasing

October 21, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing, Furniture & Installation

Do you ever feel like you are putting together a 1,000-piece puzzle when you are working on major projects? As a procurement professional you are expected to put the pieces together and provide solutions for multiple end-users and make sure they are the right fit. On top of this, you are most likely under a major time crunch, adding even more pressure and preventing you from dedicating the appropriate attention to each piece of the puzzle. 

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Tap into Strategic Minds of Procurement Leaders Reshaping Purchasing

October 6, 2022 / by Amazon Business posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

Identifying cost saving opportunities and enhancing business productivity is more important than ever.Government agency, public school system and university procurement teams are working toward those goals while faced with the challenge of doing more with less. On top of that, you probably have several team members or colleaguessubmitting purchase orders that keep piling up on your desk. Strategic sourcing does not have to be this stressful. 

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Email Security: More Complicated Than You Think

October 1, 2022 / by SHI posted in Local & State Government, Information Technology

Protecting your public agency from malicious threats can be a daunting task, especially as cyberattacks grow more sophisticated. With most vital communication during the pandemic conducted via email, the need for more advanced email security solutions has become more urgent.

The pandemic led to an influx of opportunistic cybercriminals as well as new vulnerabilities caused by an unprecedented hybrid workforce. In the height of it all, Google found malware and phishing emails directly related to COVID-19, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was forced to warn the public of phishing attacks. While cybercriminals continue to be on the rise, SHI, through the OMNIA Partners program, provides agencies with a portfolio of cybersecurity solutions to protect your organization before a threat!

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Multiple Department Collaboration Results in Savings for Texas City

September 30, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

As procurement leaders, you know the ins and outs of purchasing, but you may struggle to keep up with the ever-changing needs of your end-users and stakeholders. Because of this, the key to successful purchasing lies within alignment and collaboration with other departments in your organization that directly connect with these groups.  

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Organizing Your Workspace? A One Time Shred May Be the Answer

September 29, 2022 / by Shred-it posted in Business Products & Solutions, Cooperative Purchasing

Many workplaces today have contracted document destruction services so that paper and digital documents that are no longer needed are securely and professionally destroyed on a regular basis.

But some workplaces prefer a periodic one-time, clean-out.

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Everything You Should Know When Negotiating Energy Supply Agreements

September 29, 2022 / by Tradition Energy posted in Energy Management, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education

Several aspects of energy agreements can easily trip up even the most seasoned procurement professionals. Unless you are aware of some key terms and slight verbiage adjustments that can drastically affect the price you pay on your bill, you could walk away thinking you secured a good deal – when the agreement tilts in the supplier's favor.

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How a Cooperative Helps Small Businesses Streamline the Procurement Process

September 28, 2022 / by EPIC posted in Corporate Services, Business Products & Solutions

Many small businesses don't have the resources to respond to different solicitations so that they can earn business with public sector agencies. This can be time-consuming and costly for the supplier as well as the agency. Partnering with a cooperative allows small businesses to build trust and confidence with larger agencies.

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