News and Updates from the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative 
November 2014

Got a Project?
Many Alliance members are taking advantage of the subject matter expertise available through the cooperative. Vendors are currently assisting museum members with planning and/or projects related to LED lighting retrofits, roof replacement and energy cost control. 

Contact a member of the cooperative support team if you have questions or would like to get connected to a vendor about an upcoming project.
Your 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

Maintenance, Repair & Operations
PPG Paints Joins as Newest Cooperative Vendor
Save Money on 200+ Paints, Coatings & Supplies

PPG Paints provides AAM Tier 2 and Tier 3 members with over  200 paints, coatings and related supplies that support everything from maintenance to installations to capital projects. As part of the program, PPG also provides color support, color tools, and rendering services on an ongoing basis. You can benefit from:

  • Discounts up to 55% off list price on more than 80 PPG Paints brand coatings, including a wide selection of zero and low VOC paints.
  • Up to 30% off of sundry supplies such as brushes, rollers and other painting related products.
  • Free delivery on most orders.
  • Discounts up to 30% off PPG Paints and associated sundry supplies at local PPG Paint stores for staff at member museums.

Learn more about the new PPG Paints program by visiting their page on the Alliance Purchasing Cooperative website .

Stay Clean with Staples Facilities
One login gives you access to discounted janitorial and cleaning supplies in addition to special pricing on office products

Did you know that in addition to office supplies, Staples is one of the largest distributors of janitorial and cleaning supplies? 


AAM members can get discount pricing on a variety of cleaning, janitorial and restroom supplies - all through the same ordering system as your Staples office supplies. We've negotiated special pricing with companies like GOJO, Georgia Pacific and Heritage Bags - all of which are available to you when your Staples account is linked to the cooperative contract with Staples.


If you'd like to learn more about the Staples Facility program, or how to ensure you get the special facility supply pricing through your existing Staples account, contact a member of the cooperative support team and they'll be happy to help.

Q3 2014 Energy Report
Energy prices still at lows in certain locations; a cold winter is anticipated
In the Q3 Energy Market Letter recently released by 5, one thing is clear: it is an excellent time to purchase electricity and natural gas.  The combination of lower gas and electricity prices coupled with lower demand, driven by improvements in energy efficiencies, have created favorable purchasing opportunities.

Museums use a lot of energy. 5's advisors can help you develop a solid strategy for managing and controlling your energy costs. Click here to read 5's complete Q3 2014 Energy Report.  And if you're interested in learning how they can help your museum control energy costs contact Jon Moore at 202-422-2582 or

Got a question?  No problem.

The Alliance Cooperative support team is 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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