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The Benefits of Cooperative Purchasing in Education: No Bids, No RFPs, All the Savings

If your buying process still involves sending out RFPs (Request for Proposal) and waiting for bids, it’s time you discover the faster, smarter, legally compliant way to buy: leveraging a cooperative purchasing organization, like OMNIA Partners.

Cooperatives understand the unique needs of primary education institutions, colleges and universities. Cooperative contracts through OMNIA Partners are awarded through the trusted lead public agency contracting model and are designed to help schools reach their goals and maximize their procurement strategy. This model offers a quick and efficient purchasing process, all while prioritizing compliance and public procurement regulations. 

Through OMNIA Partners, School Specialty offers over 100,000 products curated specifically for educators. School Specialty is a trusted source for 90% of school districts in America, offering thousands of educational supplies from crayons to curriculums — as well as over 60 furniture manufacturers. With School Specialty and OMNIA Partners, you have access to everything your educators, staff, and students need to succeed.

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Save Money

  • Legally negotiated and awarded purchasing contracts offer you discounted pricing and value-added features
  • Consolidating your purchasing with School Specialty through a contract means fewer POs and invoices to issue and manage, lowering your administrative costs

Stay Legally Compliant

  • A legally compliant contract meets state and local bidding requirements as a replacement for district solicitations or quotes
  • Buy with confidence, knowing your purchases are legally covered and meet your procurement requirements
  • All 50 states allow the use of local, state, and national purchasing contracts

Save Time and Streamline the
Purchasing Process

  • Unlike school district bids that may focus on just one need, OMNIA Partners offers a wide range of contracts from industry-leading suppliers, so you can find savings on virtually anything you need through one source
  • Leveraging a cooperative contract cuts down the resources and time needed to issue a bid, a lifesaver for short-staffed districts
  • Erase months of bid-process time and hassle, getting what you need in just days

Read the original blog from School Specialty HERE

School Specialty & OMNIA Partners

Through OMNIA Partners, School Specialty provides a wide range of essential materials, from furniture and teaching aids to cleaning supplies and school safety equipment. With such a wide range of products available from School Specialty through cooperative purchasing, schools can satisfy virtually all of their needs with a single order. In addition to receiving competitive discounts by taking advantage of cooperative purchasing through School Specialty, OMNIA Partners participating agencies also have access to other special benefits as well — such as professional development for many products and services and additional discounts on high-volume purchases. Click the button below to learn more or simply fill out the form below to get connected today!

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