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Hand Hygiene: Compliance Matters

May 5, 2022 / by Spartan Chemical posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, K-12 Education

May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day as declared by the CDC and this year's theme is focused on how we can contribute to a facility's environment of safety and quality by encouraging people to clean hands at the right time with the right products.

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Why Your Agency Needs a Cooperative to Manage Broadband Spend

April 26, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Procurement, IT & Telecom, Cooperative Purchasing

Rural communities continue to find ways to obtain high-speed, reliable broadband internet, and post-pandemic lifestyles have elevated the need. With virtual learning and remote work, government agencies and schools heavily rely on internet access, and broadband plays a key role. Your town may be exploring the cost and scope of facilitating a broadband project, and as a leader in procurement, you’ve been tasked with identifying the route with the best value.  

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Purchasing for Severe Weather Threats to Your School or Agency

April 4, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Cooperative Purchasing

Procurement teams can take the lead on emergency preparedness and severe weather safety purchasing plans through their attention to detail and visibility into cooperative purchasing solutions. Have you analyzed and made predictions about how your supply chain would weather the storm? It’s especially critical now as organizations face higher supply chain risk due to the ongoing delays, shortages and geopolitical conflict.  

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3 Actions to Take to Build a Resilient and Reliable Operation

March 30, 2022 / by Lawson Products posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government

Are you feeling it? According to research from Accenture, 81% of supply chain leaders say the pandemic has been their organization’s greatest stress test. Similarly, a Coupa report found 63% of chief procurement officers say their organizations still feel a significant or extraordinary impact from the pandemic. Supply chain issues and inflation are just two business concerns testing organizations today. How can procurement tackle these challenges? Find out below. 

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3 Ways to Improve Cleanliness and Sustainability in Student Restrooms

March 24, 2022 / by Tork - An Essity Brand posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Higher Education

Facility managers have high expectations imposed on them by students across campus. Student expectations of campus cleanliness are imperative in ensuring a safe and sustainable experience. 

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Three Common Floor Care Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

March 16, 2022 / by Spartan Chemical posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Janitorial & Sanitation

Health, safety and proper maintenance of facilities are top priorities for organizations in every industry. Procurement leaders are working to align with facility managers and identify necessary products and services to keep floors in the best shape possible. There’s often a disconnect about the correct floor care products needed for diverse locations or environments. Mistakes in sourcing the right floor care products can cost millions, especially, in cases like a university campus (UCLA with 45,000+ students) or in airports like Atlanta International with more than 100 million passengers flying annually.

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How to Help Students Avoid the “Winter-Hand Blues”

February 14, 2022 / by GOJO® posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, K-12 Education

Do your kids suffer from dry, damaged, irritated hands as the weather grows colder? If so, they’re not alone. Winter weather is not fun for skin; cold weather, low humidity, and indoor heating create dry air, which steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day.
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How to Relieve Labor Shortage Challenges with Vendor Managed Inventory

February 1, 2022 / by Lawson Products posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government

It’s been almost two years since COVID-19 turned our world upside down triggering supply chain shortages that continue today. While some of these shortages may be due to poor planning, most of the supply chain problems are due to a cascade of bottomless events creating major strains on worldwide distribution channels, the most extraordinary being the labor shortage. Now more than ever, procurement leaders are teamed up with their HR counterparts leveraging cooperative purchasing to help attract and retain talent. 

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Improving Safety During High Water Events: The Real Cost of Flooded Roads and Major Risk Factors

January 27, 2022 / by Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO) posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government

Flooded roadways can kill, and mitigating that risk is easier said than done.

When water covers a road, it can be incredibly difficult to tell if it’s an inch or a foot deep — or even more. Just a few inches of water on a road can be dangerous, and six inches is all it takes to reach the bottom of most cars and cause a loss of control.

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How to Winterize Your Organization to Prevent Employee & Equipment Downtime

January 5, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Procurement, Fleet, Parks & Recreation, Cooperative Purchasing

Crews across the country are battling a “Season of Shivers," which is the theme of this year's Farmer’s Almanac winter weather forecast of “bone-chilling with below-average temperatures across most of the United States.” Procurement leaders are working to ensure their school or agency’s crew members have the best equipment to prevent product repairs, downtime, damage and injury due to weather. 

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