Teaming up for discounts

By: Josh Cable

An important procurement tool for decades, cooperative purchasing may be more important than ever in today’s economy

Judy Meisel is passionate about cooperative purchasing. As purchasing manager for Olathe, Kan., and a long-time buyer, Meisel sees cooperative purchasing as a powerful cost and time saving tool for public-sector procurement professional.

Meisel, who was named the 2008 Purchasing Manager of the Year by NIGP’s Mid-America Council of Public Purchasing, noted that the 10-country metropolitan Kansas City area “lends itself easily to promoting cooperative agreement for commonly used items,” enabling smaller government entities to purchase goods at price points usually secured by larger entities…

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