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Streamline Back-to-School Purchasing with a Cooperative

June 16, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

Having innovative education products for your learning spaces is key to the day-to-day success of students and teachers.Whether you’re a procurement leader in K-12 schools or higher education institutions, it’s imperative to have a purchasing plan that provides your schools with immediate access to top of the line supplies for each of your classroom or campus’ unique needs.

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Procurement’s Guide to Sourcing Quality IT Talent & Solutions

June 9, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, IT & Telecom, Cooperative Purchasing

Organizations are experiencing the stress of navigating employment today with the ongoing talent shortage fueled by The Great Resignation and evolving work environments. In the current labor market, public agencies are pressed to find quality talent to quickly fill the constantly changing needs in their ongoing digital transformation. Specifically, the need for Information Technology (IT) temporary and professional services continues to grow as technology accelerates rapidly, impacting the different types of expertise required to run new programs.

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Top 2 Benefits of Using Microfiber in Your School's Cleaning Routine

May 25, 2022 / by Rubbermaid Commercial Products posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Janitorial & Sanitation

Every year as summer draws to an end, families across the country start crossing items off their back-to-school checklists. Along with backpacks and school supplies, planning for the beginning of the school year includes ensuring immunizations are up-to-date and physicals are complete.  As the start of the school year usually brings a wave of ‘bugs’ or infections, it’s essential to recognize the critical need to enhance cleaning and hygiene efforts in classrooms and school facilities. 

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Higher Ed Sourcing Leader’s Guide to Streamlining Your Process

May 23, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

In an evolving marketplace with several national challenges directly impacting procurement, supply chain and sourcing functions, more and more of these teams are being looped in to solve the largest organizational obstacles. Examples include assisting HR with talent shortage solutions and working with IT stakeholders on virtual course innovations at their colleges and universities.

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Growing Minds Benefit from Dynamic Movement

May 19, 2022 / by Virco posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Furniture & Installation

When it comes to the classroom, it’s important to consider ergonomic furniture that’s designed to  flex and move with ease to help students find the position and space where  they work best.

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The Easiest Way to Save According to South Carolina Procurement Leader

May 10, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Local & State Government, Cooperative Purchasing

It’s no secret that procurement professionals nationwide are struggling with budgets, bandwidth and staffing shortages. These roadblocks reveal opportunity though, as teams look towardcooperative purchasing for relief. With the help of a cooperative purchasing organization, you can increase savings at your organization by leveraging pre-awarded cooperative contracts and streamlining your purchasing process, resulting in a stronger overall strategy.

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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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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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How an Alabama School District Achieved Savings and Spent Relief Funds

April 19, 2022 / by Quill Corporation posted in Procurement, K-12 Education

In dire need of high-demand school supplies and improved vendor communication and support, Elmore County School District education purchasing leaders turned to OMNIA Partners and Quill to procure classroom solutions and PPE/cleaning supplies. By working with Quill and OMNIA Partners, Celeste Tilley, Director of Federal Programs at Elmore County School District, and Cecile Sanford, Federal Programs Accounting Specialist, were able to maximize spend and use their ESSER funds quickly and efficiently.

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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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