Joint Purchasing Staff Directory

The benefits to cooperative purchasing (a concept also known as consortium or group buying) include improved and increased response from suppliers, shared experiences leading to better product specifications and improved compliance with purchasing statutes and policies.

A sample of joint purchasing deliverables:

  • Aggregating annual purchase needs across members for common utility inventory items
  • Aggregating purchase needs across members for larger, product-specific buys on a quarterly or as-needed basis (such as 3-phase transformers, large switchgear, etc.)
  • Developing common standards and specifications for utility inventory items
  • Developing the mechanism to buy/sell excess inventory