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Cooperative Procurement: Just Like a Country Love Song?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018  
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By Tammy Rimes


With Nashville, Tenn., as the host for the upcoming NIGP Forum, it's an interesting concept to have a presentation entitled "Cooperative Procurement: Just Like a Country Love Song!" My presentation will bring forward the idea of how cooperative procurement and country music have a lot in common. Considering my famous singing cousin, LeAnn Rimes, I feel inspired by the country music setting for this presentation.


Working on a farm is in my family's blood. Growing up. my brothers and i helped pick vegetables for my grandparents' farm stand, tag calves in the spring and put up hay in the summer. In fact, the whole idea of cooperative purchasing started in small towns and communities, where farm families would pull together to leverage their combined spend to purchase seed, equipment and livestock. You could say that country living might have 'invented' the idea of cooperative buying. 


Independent surveys have shown that the use and choices of cooperative contracts is growing, no longer relegated to few well-defined commodity categories. For many public procurement teams, it has become a staple in the government procurement toolbox to gain commodities and services.


The session will share ways in which this contracting method can help with emergency preparedness, and unique services and construction projects. Real case studies will be highlighted, where procurement teams have used innovative ways to solve their problems, by obtaining those services through a cooperative contract. With the changing cooperative landscape, I will also share what's on the horizon with recent acquisitions and re-branding efforts.


Toward the end of the session using the "NCPP Road Map for a Cooperative Procurement Strategy", a panel of cooperative partners will address issues that any procurement team might be faced with. For example, what are the right questions to ask about any cooperative contract? What are considerations that the agency might want to consider regarding the specific supplier? Where are the resources to assist in this effort? 


While the session is designed to have an entertaining element, the audience will take away real ideas and strategies. Whether you work in a big city or a small country town, you will sing a different "tune" by taking you cooperative strategy to the next level.


Cooperative Procurement: Just Like a Country Love Song will be presented on Monday, August 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.



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