Cooperative Promotions and Purchasing News
May 2015

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News and Special Promotions
  • Vantiv is providing a free webinar for Alliance members on Thursday, May 14 at 1:00 ET.   Museums across the US have less than 80 days to comply with the EMV Mandat of October 1, 2015. This webinar will go over the basics and tell you what you need to do to prepare. Click here to register.
  • PPG Paints is having a Spring Sale on painting supplies. The sale runs May 11 through July 5. Be sure to order through your Alliance Purchasing Cooperative account to receive all of your discounts from PPG Paints.
  • 5 Energy Advisors released its most recent Quarterly Market Letter. This quarter's issue focuses on distributed energy resources (DER) - on site generation, battery storage and other sources that can help meet your system power needs. 5 expects there will be significant near term opportunities for Alliance members to leverage these resources to reduce costs and generate revenue.
  • GOJO Industries recently announced that PURELL hand sanitizer is now available in the 
    PURELL ES™ Everywhere System ! Designed to be placed in small, high-traffic spaces where other solutions can't fit, the Everywhere System is a great complement to other hand hygiene systems throughout your facility. Special pricing is available through your Alliance Purchasing Cooperative account.
Announcing Expanded Program with Staples Advantage

We are pleased to announce that we've added over 500 new items to the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative contract. Here are a few highlights of the expanded program: 

  • Items under contract have grown from ~500 to more than 1,000.  Plus Alliance members can continue to add 50-250 customized items over and above the core list
  • Expanded selection of janitorial supplies, including direct-from-manufacturer discounts on lines from GOJO/Purell (soaps/hand hygiene), Georgia Pacific (tissue/towels) and Heritage Bags (can liners)
  • Free, next day delivery on orders over $50
  • Extensive selection of eco-friendly products plus special environmental impact reporting available to Alliance members 

Click here to learn more about the Staples Advantage program or to request additional information.  Or email cooperative support with questions at

Save Energy - Pay Attention 
to Plug Loads
by Wesco Distribution

When building owners and managers need to reduce energy consumption, the focus is typically on HVAC and lighting. 


While technology is constantly evolving for these major energy consumers, the rest of the building should not be overlooked. Rising energy prices are turning attention toward alternative energy-saving opportunities.  Managing plug loads can be one way to reduce your energy consumption.


Read the article >>

Zappos Gets More from its Vendors
by Tom Rogers, CPA
CEO, Vendor Centric

Zappos' CEO, Tony Hsieh, has spoken frequently about Zappo's approach to developing collaborative relationships with vendors and how important it's been to the company's success.  

Read on to learn how Zappos actually integrates vendors into its 10 Core Values, and uses a unique document they call the Zappos Vendor Guide to create clear and consistent expectations for everyone.

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