Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Together, Cities and Towns Save on Purchasing

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Together, Cities and Towns Save on Purchasing

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The advent of Internet buying has created an image of huge savings through electronic purchasing. Most of the advertising on television, in magazines and on billboards gives the impression that traditional ways of buying goods and services has been replaced by electronic commerce. But local governments still need to procure goods and services through competitive bidding. So how can your city get in on the savings revolution spawned by the Internet?

Today, in times of reduced budgets and revenue shortfalls, cities across the country are benefiting from the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, a national cooperative purchasing program that offers significant savings on the purchase of a variety of products. In addition to the direct savings, cities save on the costs associated with the time-consuming bidding and proposal evaluation process.

Instead of having to undertake a costly local bidding purchasing process, the U.S. Communities program allows cities, counties and schools to piggyback on national contracts bid competitively by other local governments.

In effect, a typical city can reduce spending through better pricing made possible by the aggregate purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.

With the advice of a national advisory board of government purchasing professionals, the U.S. Communities program offers a range of products from the highest quality manufacturers.

The current products line includes office supplies, office furniture, computers and technology products, office machines, electrical products, carpeting, janitorial supplies, playground equipment and more.

"The U.S. Communities agreements are non-exclusive agreements that allow us the flexibility to choose to participate on any purchase that we deem it the best value for the City," said Deborah Green, administrator of purchasing for Indianapolis,. "We save administrative costs associated with bidding, obtain great pricing, are sometimes able to utilize local and minority firms and have the assistance of the U. …

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