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Why School Districts Need a Procure-to-Pay Marketplace

The 2020-21 school year is already underway and many schools continue to struggle with and adapt to the education budget crisis created by the pandemic.  Given this reality,  districts can no longer afford the inefficiencies and cost of manual, paper-based requisitioning, ordering, invoice reconciliation, and payment processes. Digitizing the procure-to-pay process is now a necessity...
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Ohio Schools Council Way Ahead of the Service, Value Curve

The Ohio Schools Council is not your typical cooperative program. What sets them apart from other K12-focused councils of government and national public sector group purchasing organizations? OSC understands that delivering the greatest member value cannot stop at their menu of contracted suppliers. Giving members the ability to easily identify, compare and choose the products...
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Google Chrome “SameSite” Update May Impact ERP-Marketplace Functionalities

If your ERP utilizes one or more PunchOut-based supplier catalogs or marketplace and you are experiencing interruptions to your normal browsing or shopping cart functionalities, this may be the result of changes to the Chrome browser engine that Google began a limited rollout earlier this year. The update changes the way cookies are used to...
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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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COVID-19. Forcing our hand?

Systems under stress reveal their weaknesses (and their strengths).  And COVID-19 is certainly causing stress and a lot of ripples across all parts of society, testing our resilience, our creativity, our economy and businesses, our governments and schools, and, at times, our patience.  For many of us, the current environment is all too familiar; reminiscent...
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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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