How much time do you spend on RFPs? Did you know, you can satisfy the requirements for a competitive bid with a cooperative contract purchase. State and local government agencies in Maryland and Pennsylvania spent over $60 million through cooperative purchasing contract in 2016.
Purchasing departments in the public sector have begun to realize the extraordinary costs and time required to research, write, develop, publish and evaluate their RFP’s. Many procurement departments have come to realize that Purchasing Cooperatives leverage the procurement power and satisfy regulatory requirements while they reduce hard and soft costs associated with formal bids.
As technologies continue to evolve at a rapid pace, public organizations continue to examine their procurement procedures to identify new ways to save money and time. Change is slow and the requisitions never slow down, nor can they wait.
The benefits of any public organization participating in a purchasing cooperative:
- The cooperative satisfies the competitive bid process with which public agencies are bound to comply.
- The cooperative negotiates directly with the manufacturers on large quantities, regionally or nationally, which maximizes the discount available to the SLED community.
- Local dealers who are not able to leverage this level of discount can compete where they could not participate before.
- Virtually eliminates the tedious and complicated reviews of multiple RFP responses that can be highly detailed.
Phillips Office Solutions participates in many public sector cooperative purchasing agreements and makes them available to existing and new clients. Our goal, our mission is simple: “Enhancing productivity with innovative solutions for everyday workplace challenges.” For over seventy-five years Phillips has worked tirelessly to earn the trust and business of our clients. The result of our process has been to expand into new markets with new products new services and enhanced support. We strive every day to understand our client’s needs so we can provide the highest level of service attainable.