Purchasing Tips and Updates
April 2015

Alliance Cooperative
Preferred Vendors
Energy Procurement

Event Supply Rentals and Services

Electric Cars & Utility Vehicles

Plumbing & HVAC
Commercial Card & Card Payables

Roofing & Building Envelope

Janitorial Paper Products & Supplies

Hand Hygiene & Dispensing Systems

Collections Care Supplies

Marketing Materials, Placards & Banners

Paints, Coatings & Supplies

Visitor Health & Hygiene

Office/Janitorial Supplies

Merchant Services

LED Lighting and MRO Supplies
Have an Idea for a New Purchasing Program?
This is YOUR cooperative, and we always want to hear your ideas for programs or vendors you'd like to see us add. 

Visit Us in Atlanta!
If you're attending the AAM Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta, be sure to stop by Booth 1621 to learn more about the cooperative and meet representatives from Wesco, Staples Advantage, Ferguson, PPG Paints and GOJO - just to name a few.

And be sure to enter into our special drawing for an iPad Mini give-away!

Program Spotlight - NPN360
Print, Promotional Products and Marketing Materials

The April spotlight is on NPN360, our pre-qualified, preferred partner for marketing materials. 


We selected NPN360 based on their proven approach to making it really easy for museums to coordinate and buy all types of branded materials. They can help streamline the management and ordering of guides, placards, banners, direct mail, signage, promotional products and a variety of other marketing pieces. And their open book approach gives you visibility into everything you produce, providing for tighter controls over brand compliance and improved workflow and budget management.


NPN360 also provides AAM members with a guaranteed level of cost savings. With over a thousand clients, NPN360 consistently delivers cost savings of 10 to 25% - you can expect the same.

Click here to learn more about the NPN360 cooperative program or to request additional information.

Getting Ready for EMV - Part II
by Amy Dunaway and Daniel Maggert

We've had so many questions since our March article "Are You Ready for EMV," we wanted to provide you some additional resources to help your museum prepare for becoming EMV compliant by October 2015. 


First, the video below provides a great overview of EMV and what you can expect as a merchant.  It'll get you up to speed in about 3 minutes.



Also in May we'll be conducting a free webinar for AZA members to go into greater depth on what you can expect and how to get your institution ready. Watch your inbox for more information on this upcoming webinar exclusively for AZA members.



And if you'd like to know more about the Vantiv program or ask a question about EMV, just click here to send us a note.

Use a Simple Scorecard to Drive Higher ROI with Your Vendors
by Tom Rogers, CPA
CEO, Vendor Centric

Performing a regular evaluation of your key vendors is no different than doing the same for your staff. Each plays a key role in your success, which is why it's so important to have a mechanism in place to align expectations with actual results. 

Using a tool like a Vendor Scorecard can help you get more ROI from your vendor relationships. Here's how.

Read the article >>>

Make Sure Your Museum is Getting the Right Cooperative Pricing
by Josh Angert
Manager, Cooperative Success
If your institution is working with one or more Alliance Purchasing Cooperative vendors, and you'd like to confirm your pricing is tied to our national contract, we'd be glad to help. 

Just give us a little information to research your account(s) and, if we find any problems, we'll do all of the legwork to get them fixed. It's that simple.

Got a Project?

Alliance Purchasing Cooperative vendors are helping member museums with a variety of projects every day. Tell us more about your project to see if cooperative vendors can help you too!!

The Alliance Purchasing Cooperative is an exclusive benefit for members of the American Alliance of Museums, and the only national cooperative designed and managed exclusively for the museum field. Alliance Tier 2 and Tier 3 members can simplify buying and save money across a variety of areas specific to museum operations. Learn more by visiting www.alliancepurchasingcoop.org. 

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