New Jersey Legislation Expands State’s Cooperative Purchasing Options

School districts, local governments, and non-profit agencies in New Jersey can now use cooperative purchasing contracts awarded by national programs such as the PEPPM Technology Bidding and Purchasing Program and the Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN).

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Milton, PA (PRWEB) February 13, 2012

Recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed P.L.2011, c.139 into law, allowing all government agencies including K-12 school districts, local governments and non-profit organizations to use contracts awarded by national cooperative purchasing programs. National purchasing programs such as the PEPPM Technology Bidding and Purchasing Program and the Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN) offer cost saving options to the state-mandated purchasing contracts and local bidding processes available prior to the new legislation.

PEPPM and KPN are nationally recognized and accepted cooperative purchasing program initiatives within the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU), a governmental agency of Pennsylvania.

PEPPM is a national source for technology purchases and solicits sealed competitive bids on popular brands of computer equipment, peripherals, software, audio-visual, networking and communication products and related supplies.

KPN is a national purchasing procurement program with many regional and national contracts that include office and classroom supplies, copiers, furniture, commercial floor covering, indoor and outdoor athletic surfaces, commercial food service equipment and supplies, modular classroom and portable buildings, roofing and building restoration services, vehicles and other categories of supplies and services.

New Jersey’s recent legislation will increase the purchasing options, decrease the purchasing costs, and streamline the procurement process for business managers, technology coordinators, facilities managers, and other procurement professionals.

The procurement managers for school districts, higher education, and government agencies in New Jersey now have options that can create considerable savings of both time and money for the organizations they represent. In addition to offering competitive choices, the PEPPM and KPN purchasing programs eliminate the need for procurement managers to conduct a local bidding process. Instead, the procurement managers can piggyback on the competitively bid contracts already managed by PEPPM and KPN.

When a requisition request for new equipment or supplies is made, procurement managers can first search for a PEPPM or a KPN contract to fill the request. If a contract exists, a purchase can be made immediately, dropping weeks, months and countless bid management hours from an otherwise lengthy procurement process.

This change in New Jersey’s cooperative purchasing legislation ensures that the overall lowest price, cost of ownership, shipping costs, and soft costs can be achieved. And because PEPPM and KPN have contracts already in place with popular vendors, the benefits are almost instantaneous.

The PEPPM and KPN cooperative purchasing programs are administered by the CSIU, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information about PEPPM, visit http://www.peppm.org. For more information about KPN, visit http://www.thekpn.org.

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