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E&I Report - November 2007

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  Table of Contents: November 2007  
Member Success Story
  • Aloha Hawaii! OfficeMax Delivers Great Savings and Quick Service     to the Aloha State

  • Supplier Spotlight
  • E&I’s Competitively Awarded Contract with Network Services     Provides Superior Discounts on Coarse Paper Products

  • Competitive Program Update
  • RFP Update

  • New at E&I
  • Your Source for Total Fleet Management Services - GE Capital     Solutions Fleet Services

  • Welcome Maggie Kinnaman – E&I’s Newest Board Member!

  • Maximizing Your Purchasing Power – Recent Contract Adoptions By     Members


  • Calendar
  • Save the Date! Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss!



  • Member Success Story

    Aloha Hawaii! OfficeMax Delivers Great Savings and Quick Service to the Aloha State

    Van

    Brigham Young University- Hawaii (BYUH) is a four-year undergraduate institution that educates 2,400 students each year from 70 countries in Asia, the Pacific, the United States and other parts of the world. The university focuses on educating the minds, hearts and characters of students, sharpening their integrity and their desire to serve.

    As a buyer at BYUH, Grace Lee has spent the last two-and-a-half years working with suppliers to meet the purchasing needs of various departments on campus. According to Lee, the University has recently started utilizing the Cooperative’s OfficeMax agreement to purchase everything from paper, printers and toner, to envelopes, chairs and calculators.

    Lee estimates that BYUH spent approximately $63,000 with OfficeMax in 2006, and realized a savings of about $27,000 by utilizing the E&I agreement.

    In addition to advantageous pricing, BYUH appreciates the superior level of service provided by OfficeMax. “On a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest, I would rate OfficeMax an eight,” she said. “We really appreciate the fact that everything is so easy to order, and the quick delivery is great. We actually receive in-stock items the next business day. OfficeMax also set up net usage reports for us, so we can generate reports on our purchases by departments at any time. These kinds of benefits are extremely helpful to us.”

    While BYUH and other Hawaiian members are saving significantly with the Cooperative’s OfficeMax contract, the process behind making this happen was not an easy one. In fact, while many members in Hawaii were actually already purchasing from OfficeMax, E&I’s agreement was not available to them. The Cooperative faced a number of unique challenges in terms of extending its OfficeMax contract to Hawaiian members, primarily with respect to the increased costs of shipping to the islands. To address these challenges, E&I and OfficeMax worked together to gather input from local members and ultimately develop a plan that extended the Cooperative’s contract to Hawaii.

    “Last year, we approached our representative at OfficeMax to ask about accessing the E&I agreement, and were disappointed to learn they were not part of the program,” Lee explained. “Once things changed and the Cooperative’s contract was extended, they contacted us immediately.” She went on to say that she would definitely recommend the Cooperative’s contract to other Hawaiian members for a number of reasons, including the great pricing and quick service.

    Overall, Lee believes that BYUH’s membership in E&I is about more than cost savings. She explained that she enjoys a close relationship with E&I representatives, who are always available to help with purchases, to answer questions, and to provide additional information about contracts. “Our E&I membership is a real advantage for us, because it gives us the opportunity to take advantage of tremendous savings and purchasing power,” she said.


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    Supplier Spotlight

    E&I’s Competitively Awarded Contract with Network Services Provides Superior Discounts on Coarse Paper Products

    Providing an attractive, clean environment for your students requires superior products, top-quality supplies and excellent service. As part of the Cooperative’s competitively awarded contract with Network Services Company, you can take advantage of the necessary tools and the support to get the job done.

    You’ll have access to a broad range of products available from industry-leading suppliers including: Kimberly Clark, Georgia Pacific, GoJo, Impact, Hospeco and others. Significant savings are available on coarse paper products including:

    • Towels and tissues
    • Hand soap
    • Can liners
    • Miscellaneous items including: brooms, buckets, mops, spray bottles, squeegees and more

    Network Service’s easy-to-use products are backed by outstanding service and support, sophisticated technology offerings and the assurance of timely local delivery at the lowest total cost. Additionally, the company operates over 400 distribution facilities across the United States, offering unparalleled customer service and individualized service to meet the needs of each E&I member.

    Network Services is North America’s leading supplier of janitorial products and supplies, foodservice disposables and industrial packaging products.

    For more information, contact your E&I Member Service Representative or visit www.eandi.org, and look under “Maintenance” in the Contracts section.


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    Competitive Program Update

    There are no open Solicitations at this time.

    Solicitations Currently Being Evaluated
    Library Furnishings
    Multi-Flooring Solutions (Central, Mid-Atlantic Regions)
    Photographic/Video Equipment and Supplies
    Wood Furniture (Western Region)

    Upcoming Competitive Solicitations Scheduled for Release in 2007
    Modular Buildings (Southeast, Central Regions)
    Low Speed (Electric) Vehicles and other Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

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    New at E&I

    Your Source for Total Fleet Management Services
    GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services


    E&I’s new competitively awarded contract with GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services (GEFS) is designed to reduce your costs to acquire and manage your vehicle fleet. As one of the world leaders in fleet management, GEFS has the experience and infrastructure to help you find hard dollar savings, while delivering full visibility to all vehicle-related expenses.

    E&I members can take advantage of unsurpassed flexibility and choices through this contract. There are no limitations or pre-determined vehicle selections. Members can take advantage of GEFS‘s purchasing power to order their vehicles on-line with the options and specifications that are just right.

    In addition to this unsurpassed flexibility, E&I has agreed to special incentive programs with Ford, Chrysler and Toyota, adding to the realized savings of the program.

    GEFS offers the following financing options: lease, loan, purchase, sale//re-lease in addition to an entire suite of vehicle services such as Maintenance, Fuel, Accident Services, and other services designed to reduce your overall annual fleet costs. All management reports are delivered in an on-line environment, giving you consolidated fleet information in real time. Please note that fleet minimums are required.

    Additional contract features:

    Discounts: fleet-level reductions off the manufacturer's invoice price of the vehicle

    Maintenance and Management Program – provides you with total control of vehicle maintenance and repairs in over 100,000 locations nationally

    Electronic Fuel Card Program – not only makes it easy for your drivers to purchase fuel, but also makes it easier for you to monitor fuel purchases

    Flexible service options – GEFS will design a customized service plan that meets your institution’s specific goals and objectives

    "Your Office @ Fleet" - state of the art on-line ordering, expense tracking, and reporting systems

    GEFS maintains relationships with thousands of dealers across the United States, and will add dealers with whom you have a relationship, so preparation of your fleet and pick-up of your vehicle will be convenient. All vehicles arrive titled and road ready.

    GEFS has more than 1.3 million cars under lease and service management through operations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Backed by the industry’s most dynamic organization, systems and resources, the Company has nearly 3,000 employees around the world ready to put their knowledge and experience to work for you. For additional details on this competitive contract, please contact your E&I Member Service Representative.

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    While serving as Director for Business Administration and Support, Maggie has taken the lead on a variety of campus-wide special projects, which include creating a campus-wide space management system, in addition to chairing a system-wide capital renewal deferred maintenance task force.

    Maggie has been active in the Association for Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) for the past 25 years, most recently serving as International President. She is also Chair of APPA’s Strategic Assessment Model (SAM) Task Force as well as Co-Chair of a newly developing Center for Facilities Research.

    Maggie has contributed numerous articles to APPA’s Facilities Manager Magazine and has been a contributing author to two strategic Assessment Model publications. She has presented to audiences all over the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

    E&I is focused on bringing a broad, cross-functional perspective to the Board, in order to better serve our diverse membership. With a background in the area of facilities, we believe Maggie is a valuable asset to our organization. We hope you will join us in extending Maggie a warm welcome to the E&I Board of Directors.


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    Maximizing Your Purchasing Power – Recent Contract Adoptions By Members

    Recent Contract Adoptions Among the Membership

    Your E&I agreements continue to gain acceptance and support from members like you.

    Most recently, a number of member institutions who had existing contracts with Grainger have converted their purchases to E&I contracts. These contract adoptions are a true testament to the power and the value of cooperative purchasing.

    Grainger 

    Darlington School
    Florida Community College at Jacksonville
    Florida Gulf Coast
    Frederick Community College
    Jones College
    Oklahoma City University
    Pasco-Hernando Community College
    Shepherd University
    South Florida Community College
    University of Arkansas at Monticello


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    Save the Date

    Calendar - Save the Date!



    2007 NAEP Fall Regional Meetings

    Michigan
    Information TBD

    Florida
    Spring 2008

    NOVEMBER 2007

    November 4-6
    Annual Meeting
    Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers
    www.eacubo.org
    White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia

    November 5-7
    Institute for Student Services Professionals
    "Fulfilling Our Student-Centered Mission" workshop

    National Association College
    and University Business Officers

    www.nacubo.org
    Nashville, Tennessee

    November 10-13
    25 th Annual International Conference
    CCBO – Community College Business Officers
    www.ccbo.org
    Orlando , Florida

    November 11-14
    24th Annual International Conference
    Community College Business Officers
    www.ccbo.org
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    November 19-21
    Annual Meeting
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    www.aascu.org
    Palm Beach, Florida

    November 29-30
    Fall Conference
    HECC – Hoosier Educational Computing Coordinators
    www.hecc.k12.in.us/
    Indianapolis , Indiana

    DECEMBER 2007

    December 7-9
    State Relations Conference
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    www.aascu.org
    San Antonio, Texas

    JANUARY 2008

    January 3-4
    New Presidents Program
    The Council of Independent Colleges
    www.cic.edu
    Tucson, Arizona

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