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Frequently Asked Questions


What is E&I Cooperative?
What is cooperative purchasing?
What are the benefits of E&I membership?
Who can join E&I?
How much does membership cost?
How can I start saving and become an E&I member?
How do I become an E&I business partner?
How are the Cooperative's RFPs developed?
What is E&I’s relationship with NAEP?
What types of products and services are available?
How can I obtain more information about a specific RFP?
If our institution participates in E&I contracts can we still continue to buy from other contracts as well?
How does the Cooperative share the details about its contracts?
Does E&I work with public institutions in states with specific regulations and/or laws governing purchases?
Does E&I provide any local representation for its members?




What is E&I Cooperative?
E&I Cooperative Services is the not-for-profit buying cooperative established by members of NAEP in 1934 to provide lower costs for higher education. E&I lowers the purchase price of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of member institutions and streamlines the supply chain process for our members and business partners – reducing time, complexity and total acquisition costs.



What is cooperative purchasing?
A cooperative purchasing model allows institutions to aggregate volume and to collaborate on future opportunities. The resulting contracts provide lower costs and improved services to members of the cooperative. Cooperative purchasing can be an important element of any organization’s strategic sourcing initiative by providing purchasing professionals with the opportunity to aggregate volume of specific commodities and/or services and collaborate on future opportunities. The resulting contracts provide lower costs and improved services to the institutions. Additionally, procurement professionals are provided with more time to establish and develop important collaborative relationships that are so imperative to a strategic sourcing model.



What are the benefits of E&I membership?
The primary benefit available to E&I members is reduced total costs. All of E&I's contracts are negotiated with the strength of the Cooperative's membership of more than 3,000 institutions - providing the leverage needed to offer excellent pricing on a broad range of products and services. In addition to significant discounts, E&I membership provides exclusive access to an extensive portfolio of best in class, industry leading suppliers. At the end of each fiscal year, the Cooperative also distributes patronage refunds and certificates of equity to its members. These refunds, which are based upon a member's annual purchases, are proof that membership in the Cooperative has its rewards.



Who can join E&I?
Membership in the Cooperative is available to all members of NAEP for $5 – in addition to NAEP dues, as applicable. Three different types of participation are available:

VOTING MEMBERSHIP
Non-profit (501(c)(3)) higher education institutions, preparatory schools and Private K-12 schools that qualify for exemption from taxation within the United States and Canada.


JOINT CONTRACT PATRON
Other non-profit organizations, including hospitals, healthcare related organizations, libraries, foundations, state commissions, Public K-12 schools and others with a community of interest within higher education and entitled to tax exemption.


CONTRACT PATRON
Organizations with a community of interest who are interested in accessing the E&I contract portfolio, but are not interested in NAEP membership.



How much does membership cost?
Membership in the Cooperative is available to all members of NAEP for $5 – in addition to NAEP dues.



How can I start saving and become an E&I member?
Your institution can apply for Cooperative membership by calling E&I Membership Services at 800-283-2634 ext. 247 or by completing the online Membership Application.



How do I become an E&I business partner?
To become a business partner, we encourage you to complete our Business Partner Registration Form. The form is submitted online and will require you to provide some specific information regarding your company. Once this form is submitted, a representative from E&I will be in touch to further discuss the opportunities available to you.



What is E&I’s relationship with NAEP?
E&I is a not-for-profit member-owned corporation founded and established in 1934 by members of NAEP . While NAEP delivers professional, community and collaborative development exclusively for procurement professionals in education, E&I provides the advantages of collaboration and strategic sourcing, including aggregated purchasing power, regional and national contracts and our member-driven competitive solicitation process. Today, members can take advantage of all the cost-saving, time-saving and career building benefits that dual membership offers. E&I membership is available to all members of NAEP .



What types of products and services are available?
E&I maintains contracts with more than 80 suppliers in areas such as furniture, interior furnishings, computers and electronics, maintenance, food service, office equipment and supplies, background investigations, and transportation and delivery services. The Cooperative is continually adding new suppliers, contracts and commodity groups to its offerings.



How can I obtain more information about a specific RFP?
Information regarding the Cooperative’s RFPs is available by visiting our RFP Update page. Keep in mind that all E&I RFPs, Addendums and Attachments are password protected. To obtain a valid user ID and password, please send a request, including your name, the name of your organization and the RFP of interest to Judy Schwartz, E&I’s Contracts Coordinator.



If our institution participates in E&I contracts can we still continue to buy from other contracts as well?
Yes. All of the Cooperative’s contracts are non-exclusive. You can choose to purchase from one or all of the contracts within the Cooperative’s expansive portfolio.



How does the Cooperative share the details about its contracts?
E&I is committed to maintaining constant communication with our membership. Once a new contract is added to the portfolio, the Cooperative sends out a contract announcement, via email, to the membership. Additionally, the Cooperative sends out two monthly electronic newsletters to the membership, including new contract announcements, updates and other timely information. Of course, all information regarding new contracts is posted to our website as quickly as possible.

A variety of informational activities, educational seminars and supplier fairs are regularly scheduled to help elevate member awareness of our supplier products and services. Members can always contact their individual Member Relations Executive for the latest updates and information regarding contracts.



Does E&I work with public institutions in states with specific regulations and/or laws governing purchases?
E&I has spearheaded a number of initiatives aimed at reducing and removing the various hurdles that exist with regard to accessing cooperative agreements. Since March of 2003, E&I has been working closely with members of NAEP ’s Cooperative Purchasing Committee to address obstacles to cooperative purchasing on a state-by-state basis. For more information on the Cooperative’s Compliance initiative, please check out the Compliance Section of our website.



Does E&I provide any local representation for its members?
Throughout the U.S. , E&I stands ready to serve you through our field-based Member Service Team. Each of our talented Member Relations Executive will provide you professional, local representation and unsurpassed support. At E&I we also align ourselves with business partners who specialize in providing outstanding local coverage.





E&I Pop-up Blocker F.A.Q.

Yahoo Toolbar
Google Toolbar

Internet Explorer



Internet Explorer is set to the medium setting as a default when the Pop-up Blocker is turned on, which means it will block most automatic pop-ups. Pop-up Blocker will also play a sound and show the Information Bar when a pop-up is blocked. You can adjust these settings so that Pop-up Blocker works the way you want it to.

To change Pop-up Blocker settings

1.

Open Internet Explorer.

2.

If the Tools menu is not already visible, press Alt to display the Menu bar.

3.

On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.

Internet Explorer Tools menu

Internet Explorer Tools menu

If you want to see pop-up windows from the E&I website, type the address (or URL) of the site in the Address of Web site to allow box, and then click Add.

Pop-up Blocker Settings window

Pop-up Blocker Settings window

Tip To temporarily allow a site to display pop-ups, click the Information Bar when it notifies you that a pop-up has been blocked. Then click Temporarily Allow Pop-ups.

To block pop-ups even if they are launched when you click a link or button on a Web site

1.

Open Internet Explorer.

2.

If the Tools menu is not already visible, press Alt to display the Menu bar.

3.

On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.

4.

Select the High setting in the box near the bottom of the dialog box.

Note If you want to see pop-ups that are blocked when you have this setting turned on, hold down the CTRL key while the window opens.


Yahoo Toolbar (pop-up blocker)

The Yahoo Toolbar includes pop-up blocking. This is an example Yahoo Toolbar.

Yahoo Toolbar
The following icon is the Pop-Up Blocker:

To disable Pop-Up Blocking:

  1. Click on the Down arrow in the icon to bring up a menu:

    Yahoo Pop-Up Blocker Menu

  2. Uncheck the Enable Pop-Up Blocker option.

To re-enable pop-up blocking, re-check the Enable Pop-Up Blocker option.


Google Toolbar

The Google Toolbar includes pop-up blocking. To disable pop-up blocking, you must close the toolbar.

This icon shows pop-up blocking activity:

To close the Google toolbar:

  1. Right-click on the toolbar and a drop-down menu will appear with a listing of all of the toolbars.

  2. Uncheck the Google option.

To re-enable the Google Toolbar, right-click again in the toolbar area and recheck Google.

Important Note: Changing the icon to reflect that Pop-Ups are now allowed will NOT allow E&I pop-ups to be displayed, even though it shows the following:

You MUST disable the entire Toolbar.


If problems still persist please contact your IT department for further instructions.

 

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