Skip the Bid: Contract Purchasing

Save time, resources, and money with contract purchasing.

Purchasing your desired athletic equipment through contract purchasing facilitates a competitive bidding process on behalf of the contract members’ needs and expectations, mirroring their procurement process. One avenue of contract purchasing is through a multi-state or national cooperative. Many cooperatives are government agencies that establish an alliance between buyers and suppliers for use by education, public agency, government, and non-profits.  Vendors offer members a variety of products like indoor and outdoor athletic equipment through a competitively bid contract that legally satisfies most local public bid requirements.

Joining a purchasing cooperative allows members the opportunity to access competitively awarded nationally leveraged purchasing contracts for life. Most importantly, members save time and money while also avoiding the unpleasant experience of a low-bid process with low-quality responses, ultimately providing inferior products, safety, and durability. For many cooperatives, there are no costs, obligations or liability to membership.  A cooperative solicits, evaluates and awards contracts through a competitive bidding process on behalf of its members.  Due to the RFP process and volume contract pricing, purchasing cooperatives can leverage national purchasing power of thousands of member agencies while also streamlining the required purchasing process.  Members have a choice of these contracts and procurement processes, thereby satisfying local/state bidding requirements and avoiding duplication of the process.

The NJPA organization is a great example of cooperative purchasing. National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) is a government agency that establishes an alliance between buyers and suppliers for use by education, government and non-profits.

Cooperative purchasing with NJPA leverages the national purchasing power of more than 50,000 member agencies while also streamlining the required purchasing process. As a municipal national contracting agency, NJPA contracts meet your state’s procurement laws, local bid requirements and/or Joint Powers Authority.

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