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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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3 Values Unlocked by a Cooperative's Lead Agencies

December 14, 2021 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

Now more than ever, public agencies are recognizing the value and need for a strong procurement  team as purchasing has proven to be nimble and creative through challenges over the last two years. As you’re working with a lean procurement department, maybe just a team of one, having a cooperative purchasing organization in your strategy is a best practice saving you time, money and resources. 

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The Shift From Transactional to Strategic Procurement

December 1, 2021 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

During the workdayhow often do you get caught up on the price of a product you’re working to procure? There’s no fault in your attention to detail and tendency to spend too much time on transactions. Your dedication is valued as your school or organization relies on you to manage purchase orders, RFPs, invoices, delivery schedules, and all involved documentationeven when you might not have enough time or resources.

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School Ventilation Must Knows: How to Help Improve Air Quality

September 9, 2021 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Procurement, K-12 Education

With students and staff back in the classroom for in-person learning, an administrator's priority is to ensure that each child and teacher is protected from COVID-19 and other health risks.

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Cooperative Buys Help to Keep Pandemic Supplies Flowing in Miami

June 7, 2021 / by Amazon Business posted in Procurement, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Miami’s city procurement team was working long hours purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), testing labs, testing kits, supplies, services and everything else needed for city testing sites, and any other items needed to address the pandemic crisis.

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How Cooperative Purchasing Offers a Key Advantage for Schools

March 10, 2021 / 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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OMNIA Partners Helps Denver Stay Ahead of The Pandemic Curve

May 20, 2020 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Local & State Government

Lance Jay, Chief Procurement Officer at the City and County of Denver in Colorado, says local governments are facing market and workforce challenges in COVID-19. "Goods and services are not readily available and as a city we are seeing price inflation as demand across the globe far exceeds the supply."

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Creating a “Customer Obsessed” Culture While Lowering Your Total Cost of Procurement

February 26, 2020 / by Amazon Business posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions

When speaking to finance and procurement departments at school districts, I often ask: “Who is the end customer that you serve?” The responses I receive, ranging from administrative assistants, teachers, school boards, and students, vary widely. While there is no single right answer, I’d suggest that they are all customers of procurement. With so many end customers, it’s important to have at least one guiding principle that influences how organizational decisions are made.

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How Cooperative Contracts Can Overcome Procurement Challenges

January 16, 2020 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Local & State Government

Kirkland Wash, a city of almost 88,000 on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, often relies on cooperative agreements says its financial operations manager, Greg Piland.

Meeting the procurement needs in Kirkland, Wash., a city of almost 88,000 on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, is a major task with increasing demands, says its financial operations manager, Greg Piland. 
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How (And Why) You Should Get Strategic with Procurement

January 14, 2020 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement

A procurement strategy is essential when assessing the direction of a public entity, like state and local government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations – all of which face expense pressures and tight budgets.

Implementing a comprehensive procurement strategy helps procurement staff to handle their diverse range of responsibilities and acts as a guide for the organization’s long-term goals and action plans. There are many types of procurement strategies, with organizations typically focusing on cost reduction, risk mitigation, and leveraging supplier relationships. However, a successful procurement strategy should be an organization-wide process that is tailored to meet the needs of an agency.
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