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Six Tips for Etiquette + Protocols in the Hybrid Workplace

January 31, 2023 / by Steelcase posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education, Higher Education

As more organizations return employees to the office, many are also allowing more flexibility for employees to choose where and how they need to work. When everyone is in the office, many cultural values and social norms can go unspoken. A hybrid workplace requires more clearly communicated shared etiquette and protocols. More explicit norms will increase equity and engagement, and create a sense of inclusion and belonging. Remember to stay agile and revisit these as needs change.

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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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Part 2: Simplifying ESG Strategies for a Sustainable Transformation

January 6, 2023 / by Konica Minolta posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Human beings are social creatures by nature. We work in teams. We collaborate with peers. We rely on others to help us when working together towards a common goal. So, it should be no surprise that organizations are now focusing on the social aspects of their internal environment as new ESG policies and programs are being created.

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The Positive Impact of Cooperative Purchasing on Schools

December 30, 2022 / by School Specialty posted in Procurement, K-12 Education

Developing and posting a Request for Proposals (RFP) and then poring over multiple bids before choosing a service provider and signing a contract can help schools find value in purchasing, but it’s an onerous and time-consuming process. When buyers need essential supplies right away, they don’t have the luxury of waiting. 

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3 Ways to Improve Student Transportation and Achieve Better Attendance

December 12, 2022 / by EverDriven posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

With continual influxes in demand for alternative student transportation, EverDriven's CEO, Mitch Bowling, shares three solutions to improve student transportation and effectively address the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to help alleviate concerns for parents and school districts.

As the CEO of EverDriven, a tech-enabled alternative transportation provider that works with school districts to supplement the bus system, Bowling has seen firsthand how secure, consistent, and agile transportation can help both students and districts successfully navigate these challenges. By utilizing alternative vehicles, districts can support student success by providing a way to achieve better attendance and save time and money figuring out the logistical and financial factors through using a Cooperative Purchasing Organization like OMNIA Partners.

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Simplifying ESG Strategies for a Sustainable Transformation

December 8, 2022 / by Konica Minolta posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Operational efficiencies are always at the forefront for agencies to improve their profitability and to take advantage of new technologies to make their business process accelerate.

But, more and more, investors, customers and regulators have their eye on how businesses are addressing their internal processes under the lens of Environmental/Social/Governance concerns. No action, no performance reporting – sends a poor signal to the community and sets an agency up for financial risk as they are evaluated by their ESG scores.

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Extinguish Risks of Ransomware Attacks from Spreading Like Wildfire

November 30, 2022 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Ransomware and an office fire are a lot alike. And protecting against a ransomware attack is a lot like fire-proofing your office. In this blog, you will learn about potential gaps in your system's ransomware safeguards, and how Ricoh can help participants of OMNIA Partners fill these gaps and enhance their network security through RansomCare services.

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Achieve an A+ Clean at Your School Efficiently & Effectively

November 15, 2022 / by 3M posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, K-12 Education

Facility teams know the stakes have never been higher to keep schools clean for students and staff. With increased cleaning and disinfection efforts, facility management teams must find ways to do more with less and make the products and tools they use work harder.

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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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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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