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Is a Cooperative “Program” Really Necessary?

The secret is out. The beans have been spilled. The emperor has no clothes. At least, that’s what a recent blog post from Mariel Reed, CEO of CoProcure, and the 2019 launch of the contract exchange site PPEx by cooperative industry veterans, Steve Hamill and Dave Trudnowski suggests to me. Like the boy who states...
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Grasping the Grail of Cooperative Program Differentiation

Twenty years ago, when national cooperatives[1] were just starting to form and piggybacking contracts and participating addenda were being added to the procurement professional’s toolbox, there was a compelling value proposition that promised these cooperatives’ customers (“members”) great savings of time, effort and the greatest reductions in overall cost. Whether real or perceived, savings across...
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Cooperative Contracts, Amazon-ification & Order Optimization

The second in a series of articles exploring public sector cooperative contracting practices, the organizations that make up the cooperative ecosystem, and the strategies and resources that realize maximum value outcomes.  RECAP:  “What is a Public Purchasing Cooperative?”, the first article in this series, spoke to the general nature of coops and the significant government...
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What are your top online buying pain points?

Great article on Digital Commerce 360 highlights key findings about B2B buyers’ online purchasing behaviors and pain points. The top pain points speak directly to the relevance and value that EqualLevel’s Marketplace brings to Procurement and their organizations. http://shop.pe/u3es7csn
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Big Savings Power for WCHCS – A Story of Digital Procurement Transformation and COVID-19

Learn how Washington Court House City Schools moved from a paper, labor-intensive requisitioning and PO process to a true virtualized environment that is saving district dollars and time. They will explain their journey that began with the search for a solution to reduce paper and streamline processes yet has come to be much more. Hear...
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After Nearly Getting KO’d By Vendor Punchout, Plano Celebrates e-Procurement Win with EqualLevel

The Plano Independent School District (PISD) is among the 20 largest districts in Texas. PISD serves a student body of more than 53K, encompasses 72 schools and 20-plus offices and has an annual budget topping $750M. To put the district’s considerable size into perspective, with over 6000 teachers and staff, PISD has 20 percent more...
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How To Cut Costs Per Invoice By 200 Percent

During an organization’s ordering process there are typically numerous intricate steps, and various factors to consider before an actual order can be placed.  Purchase orders (POs) often involve complex approval workflows, multiple budgets, hundreds if not thousands of suppliers and contracts, endless data, and millions of dollars. Organizations often struggle with how to manage this...
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‘What Were They Thinking?’ E-Procurement Solutions Reveal Critical Insights into B2B Buying Behaviors

If you are a corporate procurement leader or a supplier of MRO and indirect materials, there is a good chance you have muttered the words “what were they thinking?” under your breath at least once in the past quarter. Striving to understand what drives B2B buyers to make the choices they do is critical for...
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AI-Powered Tech Takes E-Procurement to the Next Level

Imagine walking into a car dealership and the first question the salesperson asks you is, “How much do you want to overpay?” It’s a ridiculous question, right? No one wants to pay more for a product than they absolutely have to. Yet, this is exactly what too many corporate buyers unwittingly do, every day. While...
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