Cooperative purchasing

Education Code Title 3, Subtitle A, Chapter 51, Subchapter A, sec. 51.9335 allows for higher education institutions to use group purchasing programs to procure goods and services.  Also known as coops or cooperatives these entities have bid out goods/services and awarded contracts.  These contracts are available for the university to use.  Utilization of cooperatives is encouraged and can facilite the purchasing process.


Omnia Partners (formerly TCPN):  A cooperative devoted to facilities e.g., turf for the baseball field, football field, furniture for the offices, classrooms as well as school supplies, and technologies e.g., projectors. Examples of vendors: Lowe’s, Fastenal’s, CDW-G, Astro-Turf, GovConnection, Grainger.

BUYBOARD-  Phone: 800-695-2919 Fax: 1-800-211-5454  Large selection of contracts covering athletic supplies, vehicle parts, building maintenance, technology, library supplies, music equipment, uniforms and police vehicles. 

TIPS/TAPS: Fax 1-866-839-8472 Phone: 1-866-839-8477.  Offer a broad variety of contracts including library books, janitorial services, roofing, safety equipment, and science equipment.

E&I: Contracted vendors include ARRIBA Scientific, Alpha Building, Airgas Inc., Grainger, Henry Schein, Mayflower Transit, and many more

GSA 70:  Offers cloud IT services, computer/networking hardware, cyber security, data center/storage, It Mandates and Initiatives, Satellite services, SmartBuy-commercial software solutions, software/applications, sustainability, system life cycles integrations, telecommunications, wireless, and mobility, and telepresence.  Click on the following link for more information #sustainability

GSA 84: This website is geared towards law enforcement, security, facilities management, fire rescue, clothing, emergency and disaster response.

NJPA:  Phone: 888-894-1930  Contracts include industrial supplies, vehicles and related accessories, flooring, lab safety supplies, heavy equipment, furniture, athletic and playground equipment, janitorial supplies and medical equipment

DIR:  This particular website offers a variety of vendors that are under DIR contract with the State of Texas: Computers, printers, hardware, networking, telecommunication, video, and training/services.

State Contract & TXMAS  Individuals will need to enter the city before proceeding to the next page.  This is a website that departments could search and browse contractor e-catalogs for price and product information and also uses their comparison tool as well to find the best price and value for their money.  All state and TXMAS contracts are accessed through this portal. These are contracts negotiated by the State of Texas.

HGA BUY: 1-800-926-0234  General purpose and emergency vehicles, infrastructure equipment & services, grounds facilities and park equipment, public works equipment, emergency equipment/supplies, consulting leasing/staffing services, emergency preparedness/disaster recovery, cooperative energy purchasing.

PACE:   Contact Info: Jim Metzger 210-370-5204  Office supplies, industrial supplies, media communications products/services, can liners, enterprise content management, and printing services. There are vendors such as SHI Government solutions and Clear vision that are a part of this website.

PEPPM:  This link has a broad category of vendors listed on the website for Audio-Visual Products and general hardware and software.

Omnia Partners (formerly NATIONAL  IPA):  Offers bulk motor oil, elevator maintenance/repair,  Grounds keeping materials, medical, surgical supplies and equipment, golf grounds equipment/contractor, multi-functional digital copiers, supplies and services, Janitorial/sanitation supplies, Information Technology, Furniture, Heavy Equipment-construction, pavement repair, vocational trucks, work tools. Water treatment chemicals, maintenance repair and operational supplies- HVAC, lighting, plumbing, power transmission, motors, lamps, ballasts, electrical.  Panasonic Solutions-Toughbook, projectors, video, teleconferencing, scanners, whiteboards, and mounts.

Provista-  A website devoted to health care and offers medical supplies and equipment along with higher education needs such as business solutions, facilities management, food services and hospitality, Science and Research, Human Resources, and lastly, IT and Telecommunications.

US Communities: Contains a broad variety of equipment and gear for everyone in every department on campus for various needs: Cloud solutions, facilities maintenance, janitor supplies, office/school supplies(Fisher Science Education, Knoll, Haworth, US Games, Independent, Herman Miller, BSN Sports, Virco), Specialty supplies (Premier, US Foods, Safeware-Mallory, Carquest, GameTime, Servicewear, ACRO, Kompan), Facilities Contracts (Cintas, AMSAM Clean Source, The Home Depot, Empire Today, Kone, HD Supply, Graybar, Applied Industrial Technologies, DBS, HERTZ equipment rental)

Choice Partners:  Various contracts including art supplies, athletic equipment and supplies, classroom teaching supplies, custodial equipment and supplies, educational materials, fire and security equipment, floor covering, furniture, HVAC equipment and supplies, medical supplies, music instruments, promotional items, technology equipment and services, welding consumables

Purchasing Solutions Alliance Cooperative:  Brazos Valley Council of Government: offers maintenance, repair, and operational equipment/supplies, automotive replacement parts and shop equipment, office supplies, furniture and space planning services, technology products and supplies, promotional products and print/document services, multi-function digital copiers, printers, faxes, and scanners,web-based eProcurement solutions and software, automated external defibrillators, compressed gases, and custodial supplies and equipment.

TexBuy: TexBuy is a statewide purchasing cooperative hosted by Region 16 Education Service Center in Amarillo, Texas. TexBuy is the Texas representative of the national purchasing organization AEPA (Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies). Many of the awarded contracts offered through TexBuy were solicited nationally by AEPA, providing the most competitive pricing available. Contact us at 806-677-5044 or 1-888-677-5312 for more information.

NCPA: CPA utilizes state of the art procurement resources and solutions that result in cooperative purchasing contracts that ensure all public agencies are receiving products and services of the highest quality at the lowest prices. NCPA works with a lead public agency, who competitively solicits master contracts. Contracts are based on quality, performance, and most importantly pricing.

EPIC 6: The purpose of EPIC6 is to facilitate the procurement process between the “Member Buyers” and the “Vendors” through pre-negotiated contracts enabling the “Member Buyers” to receive better value.