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5 Key Trends Impacting K-12 Education

January 26, 2023 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education, Cooperative Purchasing

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.

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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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Enhance Workplace Culture and Well-Being With the 3 Layers of Movement

September 27, 2022 / by Haworth, Inc. posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, Procurement, Local & State Government

Technologies that enable flexible work locations and schedules have been critical to helping companies, schools, and communities stay connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet, regardless of where or when we're working, our reliance on technology has created a more sedentary work experience. On average, today's office workers are more inactive than ever before. Continue reading to learn about the three layers of movement and how they can enhance employees' overall work experience and well-being.

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Cooperative Purchasing Provides Seamless Experience for Indiana City

August 8, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

After nearly a decade of planning, the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center vision finally came to life.It would be home to the main library branch and Jasper Community Arts, as well as become a place for residents and visitors to gather with flexibility and comfort. 

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A Look Inside: Furniture Purchasing Strategy with City of Charlotte

May 2, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

The majority of your furniture purchases throughout the year may be sporadic. Maybe you choose to use any extra money at the end of the fiscal year to buy furniture products that you need but haven’t made a priority. Unless your procurement team has a major building renovation or school project, you likely haven’t dedicated the time and resources to budgeting for furniture needs that eventually always pop up.  

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How to Create More Dynamic Learning Environments

March 30, 2022 / by School Specialty posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education

Dynamic learning environments are more active and engaging for students than the traditional, factory-era model in which students sit facing the front of the classroom while the teacher speaks. They are more likely to help students learn key 21st-century skills that are necessary for success in the workplace today, such as communication, collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and creativity—and they can lead to better academic outcomes as well.

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Achieve Deeper Furniture Discounts through Cooperative Purchasing

March 28, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

Organizations are reevaluating their workplace strategies as we acclimate to a post-pandemic future. Office interiors, outdoor furniture and classroom furniture designs continue to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of employees and students. Your agency or school may be embarking on a complex renovation or new project and as a procurement leader, you’re tasked with facilitating diverse requirements and working to source innovative design solutions and installation project management.  

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Understanding Purchasing for the Esports Trend

February 16, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Information Technology

As your procurement team looks at trends in higher education institutions and K-12 school districts, we’re seeing a growing emphasis on adding esports programs into the curriculum. The emergence of the competitive gaming scene has advanced in recent months, and school administrators in all levels of education are looking at how to incorporate esports into academic and sporting programs. 

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Unconventional Solutions for Pathogen Reduction in Schools

October 8, 2021 / by MeTEOR Education posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education

With the wealth of information on air purifying and disinfecting available for school safety and sanitation today, many administrators are looking for guidance on best practices to utilize in and out of the classroom.

By leveraging cooperative purchasing, participants of OMNIA Partners can benefit from our cooperative contract with MeTEOR Education to ensure their schools are operating at maximum safety for students and faculty alike. 

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How to Optimize the Acoustics in Your Space

September 7, 2021 / by Milliken posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education

Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension, and lower morale. Long-term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing, leading to higher levels of stress hormones. In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half. Continue reading to discover the positive impact a quiet environment can have on your organization and a few steps to help optimize the acoustics in your space.

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