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Implementing NPP maximized the city’s buying power and was a win for the City of San Diego.

In today’s economic environment, national, local and regional government entities face enduring budget constraints. The challenge to provide services and maintain budgets is compounded by a public procurement process that typically requires extensive time, effort and expense amid fewer resources. Put simply, purchasing necessary goods and services has become financially and procedurally difficult.

These constraints are the reason that governments around the country have discovered the advantages of cooperative purchasing and the added value of a National Purchasing Partners (NPP) membership.

NPP is a cooperative purchasing organization that offers a portfolio of competitively bid, publicly awarded contracts to public entities. Membership is free and there are no minimum purchasing requirements.

NPP is owned by Virginia Mason, a highly recognized hospital and recipient of numerous awards. Most recently, Virginia Mason was rated as one of the safest hospitals in the nation and in 2010 was named the Top Hospital of the Decade. NPP’s revenue supports auto-immune disease research and other healthcare initiatives.

There are three divisions that fall under NPP’s public umbrella: Government, Fire Rescue GPO, and Public Safety GPO. Each offers a broad range of publicly awarded contracts with discounted pricing catering to member needs. In addition to the many contracts, NPP offers live customer service five days a week; the team is dedicated to assisting members through all stages of the purchasing process.

NPP focuses on building positive relationships with both members and vendors. This results in high quality service and contracts that provide cost and time savings to our members. One of NPP’s vendor partners, WESCO, recently won a commodities contract with City of San Diego, valued at over $2 million per year through the NPP cooperative agreement.

“City of San Diego was able to streamline its supplier base from 300 to five large tier suppliers in the janitorial, electrical, safety, paint, plumbing and other MRO categories,” reports Diana Sobol, WESCO’s Regional Government Manager. “Implementing NPP maximized the city’s buying power and was a win for the City of San Diego,” said Sobol.

All government entities are eligible for membership. NPP continues to offer significant procurement solutions to members, and joining enables you to experience the value of cooperative purchasing.

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About National Purchasing Partners
National Purchasing Partners is a group purchasing organization that negotiates discount pricing on behalf of our members. Members receive discounted rates on essential products and services from prominent industry companies, including Verizon, Staples, Fastenal, John Deere, Sprint, Wesco and Expedia.

Membership is free, and there is no obligation to purchase. Members have access to items such as wireless service, electronic devices, equipment, office and industrial supplies, furniture, printing, shipping and more.

Public entities, such as city or state governments, can utilize our competitively-bid, publicly-awarded contracts. These contracts typically comply with national and local procurement requirements, and save organizations both time and money in the purchasing process.

NPP was founded in 2001, and is now one of the largest GPOs in the country. NPP is owned by Virginia Mason Medical Center, recently named the top hospital of the decade, and much of NPP’s revenue supports medical research and other healthcare initiatives. NPP also partners with several organizations and associations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs and various other nonprofits.

NPP serves thousands of companies nationwide in a wide variety of industries, among them construction, transportation, fire and rescue, government, energy, legal and finance.

Registering to become a member is easy. Visit to join. If you would like more information or have questions, contact NPP at customerservice(at)nppgovernment(dot)com or call 877.329.8847.

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