July/August 2016 Edition

News and Updates

  • Announcing Our Newest Preferred Vendor - Next month Superior Recreational Products (SRP) will join the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative as our newest Preferred Vendor. SRP designs and manufactures shade and shelter structures, outdoor and indoor playgrounds and site furnishings. Keep an eye out for their program launch announcement in September!
  • 3yr Contract Renewal with Dude Solutions - On July 1st, 2016, Dude Solutions (parent company of FacilityDude) renewed its contract to provide cloud-based operations management solutions at excellent pricing through the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative. Alliance members receive 11% off annual software subscription fees and 6% off Quick-Start, a one-time setup fee. Learn more by visiting Dude Solution's page on the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative website.
  • Online Purchasing Platform for Museums - The VC Purchasing Platform, an online tool designed to streamline the RFP and quoting process, was launched last winter. Over 600 vendors who do business with museums are now registered on the platform. Learn more about the platform and how you can streamline your bidding process and access this growing community of vendors!

Articles and Best Practices

New Single Audit Procurement Rules are Coming... Are You Ready?

By Tom Rogers, CEO at Vendor Centric


Is your organization required to have a Single Audit? If so, the time to update your procurement standards is rapidly approaching. The Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Guidance provided a two-year grace period, which expires two full fiscal years following December 26, 2014. This means organizations with a December 31 fiscal year-end must have the new standards in place by January 1, 2017.


If you’re in the process of updating your procurement policies and procedures, or still finding time to get started, here is a great overview of the more important changes you'll need to consider as you update your own procurement policies and procedures to ensure you are in compliance.


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8 Ways to Get Better Prices

By Staples Business Advantage


Organizations large and small are always looking for ways to reduce costs from their vendors. From consolidating vendors to purchasing private label brands to creating core price lists, there are a number of ways you can lower costs.


Check out this tip sheet for eight ways you can start getting better pricing with your vendors.


Read the Quick Tip Sheet >>

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The Number One Way to Extend the Life of Your Utility Vehicles

By Bill Dakuras, Global Director of Sales and Business Development at Club Car


Buying a fleet of utility and transport vehicles is a major investment for your organization. So you’ll want durable vehicles that provide years of service. Unfortunately, many utility vehicles (UTVs) experience early damage due to water, chemicals, fertilizers, mud and other environmental factors. Further, many of them are actually recreational vehicles sold into commercial markets.


Bill Dakuras, Global Director of Sales and Business Development at Club Car, shares the secret to extending the life of your utility and transport vehicles.


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Alliance Purchasing Cooperative Preferred Vendors

5 Energy

Energy Procurement


Amigo Mobility

Motorized Mobility Solutions


Classic Party Rentals

Event Supply Rentals and Services


Club Car

Electric Cars and Utility Vehicles


Dude Solutions

Maintenance Management Software


Ferguson

Plumbing, MRO & HVAC


Garland/DBS, Inc

Roofing & Building Envelope


Georgia-Pacific Professional

Janitorial Paper Products & Supplies

GOJO

Hand Hygiene & Dispensing Systems


Hollinger Metal Edge

Collections Care Supplies


NPN360

Integrated Marketing Solutions


PPG Paints

Paints, Coatings & Supplies


ProGienics

Visitor Health and Hygiene


Staples Business Advantage

Business & Operations Supplies


Vantiv

Merchant Services


WESCO

LED Lighting & MRO Supplies