6 Myths of Reverse Auctions

How Modern-Day Full Service Reverse Auctions are Creating an Environment Where Everyone Wins When you search for products and services, you want the best price. But when selecting a supplier, you need more than just discounted pricing. You insist on top credit ratings for any company you work with. You need to hire more local […]

12 Challenges Schools are Facing Before Reopening

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E&I Members Share Their Insight for the Road Ahead When COVID-19 began making headlines in early 2020, no one could have predicted the pandemic’s impact on educational institutions. Schools are facing more complex challenges than ever before, and they must rise to the occasion while adhering to evolving guidelines, tighter budgets, and limited resources. What […]

7 Reasons Supplier Diversity Programs Fail – And How You Can Succeed

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Overcoming the Challenge of Creating a Successful & Sustainable Supplier Diversity Program In the ever-changing world of public procurement, creating a successful and sustainable supplier diversity program can be challenging. Does it feel like your program is failing or has plateaued? Or are you in the beginning stages of getting your program off the ground? […]

Saving the Planet Through Procurement

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Cooperative Contracting Can Help When serving the needs of a large school district, university, or community college system, procurement teams are required to maintain a level of knowledge on a variety of topics. When it comes to green purchasing or sustainability, it can get complicated very quickly. Schools are Ecosystems. How Does Procurement Keep Up? […]

Video: Why E&I is Different

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Not All Purchasing Cooperatives Are Created Equal Jump to Transcript E&I Cooperative Services is different from the rest. Why do we say that? E&I is the only national purchasing cooperative focused exclusively on the needs of the education community. These are very different from state and local government needs. We were formed as a true […]

Spend Data in Education

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A Flashlight in the Dark If you find yourself walking in a dark room filled with obstacles, wouldn’t you like to have a flashlight? That flashlight is data – it’s what illuminates that dark room so you can get a handle on your environment. In the world of supply chain, you always start with spend […]

7 Reasons to Use Cooperative Contracts

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It’s Time to Enhance Your Procurement Strategy As purchasing requirements for education become more complicated and budgeting constraints become tighter, procurement professionals are continuing to seek innovative ways to deliver savings and efficiencies. This is especially true for educational and related institutions. An important resource in the procurement toolbox, the benefits available through a purchasing cooperative […]

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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Why it Pays to Engage Your Procurement Department I recently heard about an interesting presentation given by Mike Rulli, Procurement Specialist at the University of Notre Dame. As part of his presentation, Mike detailed the ways in which Notre Dame’s procurement department has forged a successful collaboration with the office of research. The presentation resonated […]