“Ask any government office, ‘what do you think of your purchasing processes?’ and the answers can vary from ‘slow and cumbersome’ to ‘hard to navigate and understand.’ It might be surprising to many, that procurement professionals will often agree with that assessment. Public procurement rules and regulations, the need for competitive and transparent processes and ever-changing landscape of government needs can push any team to its limits. So, it’s not necessarily purchasing’s fault. Many teams were significantly reduced during the past recession, with resource levels never fully re-staffed upon the economic recovery…
“The concept of cooperative procurement isn’t only of interest to the procurement department. By becoming better informed on the process, leaders across the organization can experience efficiencies and a wide range of benefits to meet operational challenges through cooperative purchasing.
“The idea is simple. A lead agency, or cooperative organization, typically conducts the solicitation, allowing other agencies to ‘piggyback’ on the resulting contract to obtain those same goods and services. One of the primary benefits is that it combines multiple agency requirements on a single contract to aggregate spend volumes, thus raising the purchasing power of each participating entity. The result? A small school district in Montana can garner the same purchasing power of a large city like San Diego.”
FULL STORY published November 5, 2018 via American City & County