Cooperative Purchasing 101: Leveraging the Power of the Network for Our Customers

Over the past 5 to 10 years, cooperative purchasing has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity across businesses and industries, from healthcare to higher education. Cooperative purchasing groups, or group purchasing organizations (GPOs), enable organizations to combine their purchasing power and leverage economies of scale to negotiate better prices with suppliers. One of the most trusted GPOs in the U.S. is OMNIA Partners, which has been helping organizations save money, improve their procurement processes, and, in the case of public sector organizations, comply with state bidding requirements, for more than two decades.

As one of the organizations in OMNIA’s network, Mac Papers and Packaging has experienced the power of cooperative purchasing firsthand and can attest to the many ways it benefits our customers’ businesses.

The Perks of Cooperative Purchasing

One of the chief advantages of cooperative purchasing groups is that they grant organizations access to a wider range of products—including top brand names—and services at a lower cost. By pooling their resources, organizations can negotiate better pricing and terms with suppliers that they would not otherwise be able to achieve on their own. This can beCooperative Purchasing 101: Leveraging the Power of the Network for Our Customers particularly beneficial for small- and medium-sized businesses that may not have the same purchasing power as larger enterprises.

According to a report by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, 79% of public agencies in the U.S. use cooperative purchasing agreements. This underscores the growing popularity of these groups among public sector organizations, which are often under pressure to find ways to save money and improve efficiencies. By working with a GPO like OMNIA Partners, these organizations can access a wide range of products and services at a lower price point.

With more than 1,500 suppliers in OMNIA’s network, organizations can purchase everything from office supplies and janitorial equipment to IT services and construction materials. This means that businesses can enjoy a one-stop shop for their procurement needs—including Mac Papers and Packaging facility and janitorial offerings—to save considerable time and money.

Another advantage of working with a cooperative purchasing group is that it provides access to a range of tools and resources that help businesses streamline their procurement processes and make more informed purchasing decisions. The OMNIA Partners Procurement Portal, for example, is a powerful tool that allows businesses to access real-time pricing and product information from its network of suppliers, helping them compare prices and make strategic choices.

What Cooperative Purchasing Can Do for Your Business

Mac Papers and Packaging’s mission is to make our customers’ lives easier. Our partnership with OMNIA Partners’ Network allows us to make your job simpler, more productive, and more efficient. With the power of collective purchasing, you gain access to:

  • Competitive pricing: OMNIA Partners leverages the collective buying power of its members to negotiate lower prices and better terms from suppliers, which can result in cost savings for you.
  • A wide range of janitorial and breakroom products: This includes top brand names as well as a range of alternatives.
  • Streamlined procurement: A simplified procurement process means you can access more resources through a single platform, and take advantage of pre-negotiated contract terms, reducing the need for negotiations.
  • Dedicated support: We can help you navigate the procurement process, select the right products and services, and maximize the value of your purchases.

If you have any questions about cooperative purchasing or would like to explore Mac Papers and Packaging’s facility supplies, don’t hesitate to reach out.