News & Updates from Alliance Purchasing Cooperative 
January 2015

Could You Be Paying Penalties for Power?

"Power Factor" is a measure of how efficiently a customer's load can be served, and penalties are often caused by standard pumps and motors which run at most museums. While these power factor charges are often not clearly disclosed in your utility bill, they can easily be avoided at minimal cost.


The Alliance Purchasing Coop's energy partner,  5 Energy, has identified hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalty savings for their clients. And as part of their cooperative program, they will conduct up to 10 complementary power factor reviews for your museum. 


To learn more about  this exclusive offer, contact Jon Moore at 202-422-2582 or

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How to Create Winning Contracts with Your Vendors
8 Components You've Gotta Get Right to Create High Value, Low Risk Vendor Contracts
Written by Tom Rogers CPA
CEO, Vendor Centric

With 2015 underway, it's a new year and (for many) a new budget cycle. If you have purchasing responsibility, that means you'll likely be entering into a contract or two with a vendor this year. And while price is always important, it's only one component of a well-crafted, low risk contract.


Having reviewed and negotiated a lot of vendor contracts, I've found that there are eight sections you really want to get right. You'll not only start your vendor relationship off on the right foot, but you may also sleep a little better at night.


Click here to read the article. 

Fall Roof Maintenance Tips From The Garland/DBS Team
A Few Dollars Spent the Right Way on Prevention May Save you Big Dollars Down the Road


If you haven't done so already, now is the perfect time to prepare your roof (or dozens of roofs) for the winter season. The frigid temperatures, icy winds, and heavy snow that winter brings can increase the stress on roof systems and create big repair bills.


Check out these three tips from the team at Garland for preparing your roofs for the coming winter season.  And click here to learn more about the Garland program with the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative.

Classic Party Rentals is #1
Named Top Party Rental Company by Special Events Magazine

Classic Party Rentals was recently named the #1 Party Rental Company by Special Events Magazine. Congratulations to Christi Bartholomew, Tracy Hayes and the entire Alliance Purchasing Cooperative/Classic team on this great accomplishment.



Click here to learn more about the Classic Party Rentals program through the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative, or to contact Christi Bartholomew to discuss how Classic can help support your event supply rental and services needs.
Atlanta Here We Come!
Come Visit Many of Our Vendors at the Alliance Museum Expo in April 

Many of the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative Vendors will be exhibiting at the Alliance's Annual Meeting and Museum Expo. If you're coming to Atlanta, we hope you'll stop by and learn more about the cooperative. 


We'll provide additional details about where we will be in the next issue of the newsletter.

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!

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