Promotions & Updates from Alliance Purchasing Cooperative 
March 2015

Classic Party Rentals' Promotion Ends 3/31 Don't Miss Out
Alliance Purchasing Cooperative members can save $100 on any rental order of $500 or more placed with Classic Party Rentals by March 31. This special promotion is in addition to the minimum 10% savings Classic already offers through their Alliance Purchasing Cooperative contract.

Classic is proud to provide rental services to several AAM members including the Gemological Institute of America Museum, Fresno Historical Society and Georgia Museum of Art  They're ready to make your events special - and help you save money too.

Click here to download the $100 Gift Certificate to use at any of Classic's 30 locations. And if you have questions please  email the Cooperative Support Team or call them at 240-813-1170 ext 1.
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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
Allegany Museum to Save 20% on Energy Costs
5 Energy Advisors improve pricing and lock in low rates to mitigate volatility

5, an energy advisory and procurement services firm, introduced their services to the Allegany Museum through the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative.  The museum felt it was paying too much for electricity, and engaged 5's energy advisors to audit their bills and evaluate their current pricing as compared to market. 


Based on their initial review, the 5 team found that the Allegany Museum's energy rates were high and volatile given the current market, and their pricing structure was not transparent.


Upon approval by the museum the 5 team negotiated a more favorable rate, with a transparent pricing structure, with an alternative energy provider. As a result, the Allegany Museum is projecting to save 20% on their electricity costs in 2015. Plus they now have much more transparent pricing in place, and a partner who will audit their invoices to ensure it stays that way.

Energy rates continue to remain low and now is a great time to evaluate options to lower costs and control volatility. To learn more about how 5 Energy Advisors can help your institution control its energy procurement cost, click here to learn more about their program and contact a team member.

EMV is Coming - Are You Ready?
With October deadline looming, here's a primer along with a link to an EMV Resource Center

If you accept payment via credit and debit cards, you've likely heard of EMV by now.  But did you know that you must be EMV complaint by October 15, 2015 to avoid taking on additional liability should certain types of fraud occur?

If you're organization is not yet enabled to process EMV transactions, or still trying to figure out what it's all about, read our EMV Primer for an overview of what's coming and how you can get ready.  Within the primer we've also provided a link to Vantiv/EMV, an online resource center of articles, videos, guides and other resources that will help you get compliant by theOctober 15 deadline.

Six Tips for Implementing a Successful Outsourcing Project
Proper planning and employee buy-in will help you set the stage for a smooth transition
by Tom Rogers CPA
CEO, Vendor Centric

Outsourcing an important component of your business operations is a high risk activity. There are many things that can go wrong along the way, and there is no one-size-fits-all. However, a successful outsourcing project can provide scalability, expertise and cost control which you cannot get otherwise. 

If you're considering outsourcing an area of operations, here are six things to keep in mind to ensure success.
Come Visit the Cooperative Pavilion!
10 cooperative vendors will be exhibiting their programs at the AAM Annual Meeting in Atlanta

The Alliance Purchasing Cooperative will be in full force at the upcoming AAM Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta. At least 10 vendors will be exhibiting including Hollinger, Garland Roofing, NPN360 and Classic Party Rentals - just to name a few.

The Alliance Cooperative Pavilion will be the central hub for everything about the cooperative. Stop by Booth 1621
to meet our vendors and learn about their programs. And be sure to enter into our special drawing for an iPad Mini give-away!

Got a question?  No problem.

Visit the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative Support Center to get answers to your questions or to contact a member of the support team.  We're always here to help!

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 

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