Benefits of Partnering with E&I

For over 80 years, E&I has been fostering relationships between education procurement professionals and suppliers. As a member-owned cooperative, our suppliers are our business partners – we work together to bring savings to our more than 5,000 members, and the benefits your business can have by partnering with E&I include:
E&I Supplier Benefits


Increased Sales, Market Share & Loyalty

  • Strong member relationships, national field organization, and higher education/K-12 expertise help generate new leads and shorten the selling cycle
  • E&I Business Partners are preferred among members
  • Dedicated focus on developing strategic partner relationships
  • Awareness and leverage of state/regional compliance and minority supplier issues
 E&I Supplier Benefits

Marketplace Differentiation & Access to Higher Education

  • Direct access to higher education/K-12 buyers and decision makers via established communication and event channels
  • Brand awareness and proactive marketing initiatives
  • Webinars, on-campus events, and other contact opportunities
E&I Supplier Benefits

Reduced Processing Costs & Improved Margins/Profitability

  • State compliance initiatives
  • E-commerce solutions
  • Standardization
  • Market intelligence



 E&I Supplier Benefits


Power of the Competitive Award

  • Access to more E&I member institutions. Members country-wide work together to develop our competitive award process, ensuring an outstanding program that meets public and individual institution diversity and compliance requirements. 50% of our membership consists of public institutions, many of whom require a competitive RFP process to meet state requirements. 
  • Significant process improvements and cost reductions. You only have to handle one competitively solicited contract with E&I versus hundreds of individual RFPs. If a member must issue an RFP, you can respond with the E&I contract, eliminating the need to put together an RFP response.