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Cooperative Brings Easy Access to Public Health Supplies for Georgia County

January 12, 2023 / by OMNIA Partners posted in First Aid & Safety Solutions, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

Providing for a large county is a lot of work and requires a diverse set of goods and services. Ensuring your staff and residents have access to the supplies they need, when they need them, is KEY.  

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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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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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Fire Safety 101: Steps to Protect Your School or Agency

October 31, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Procurement, Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Cooperative Purchasing

No one wants to think about their organization experiencing a fire, but we can’t stress enough the importance of being prepared and going the extra mile to ensure your fire safety equipment is running smoothly. From routine fire drills to training employees on preventative habits, each step is key to protecting your stakeholders should an emergency occur.  

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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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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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Multiple Department Collaboration Results in Savings for Texas City

September 30, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

As procurement leaders, you know the ins and outs of purchasing, but you may struggle to keep up with the ever-changing needs of your end-users and stakeholders. Because of this, the key to successful purchasing lies within alignment and collaboration with other departments in your organization that directly connect with these groups.  

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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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How to Grow Your Stakeholder Relationships & Overcome Resistance

September 16, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Cooperative Purchasing

Do you feel like your stakeholders or end-users are pushing back on your decisions? Are they having difficulty understanding your value as a procurement leader? As someone who focuses on teamwork and collaboration, this can make doing your job much more difficult. The solution to their reservations could be a matter of education and awareness of procurement’s role and the strategic tools you possess.    

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