4.25.12 Types of Cooperative Purchasing

Purchasing cooperatives have become an essential tool for many businesses and organizations. Purchasing cooperatives help members improve their competitiveness, and leverage their combined purchasing volumes into savings and efficiencies. In this four-part educational series, co-op developers will learn the strategies and the development process for starting a purchasing cooperative.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Recognize the benefits of purchasing cooperatives
  • Define the types of cooperative purchasing
  • Define key factors in the feasibility of purchasing cooperatives
  • Understand major steps in starting a purchasing cooperative

Part 2: Types of Cooperative Purchasing

  • Defining and Differentiating
    • Governmental Cooperative Purchasing
    • Purchasing Cooperatives
    • Buying Groups
  • Purchasing Co-op Billing Models
    • Direct Bill
    • Central Bill and Pay
    • Central Pay
  • Legal Structure, Bylaws and Governance

Moderator

  • Lisa Stolarski - Executive Director, Co-ops USA, National Cooperative Business Association

Presenters

  • Ian Gray - President, Buying Group Services, Inc.
  • Colleen Leppert - Vice President, Blue Hawk
  • Meredith Rafferty – Cooperative Development Specialist, Northwest Cooperative Development Center
  • Brian Hermiston – General Manager, Fenestra Purchasing Co-operative

Who Should Attend

  • Cooperative Developers
  • Individuals interested in learning about purchasing cooperatives

4.12.12 Introduction to Purchasing Cooperatives

Purchasing cooperatives have become an essential tool for many businesses and organizations. Purchasing cooperatives help members improve their competitiveness, and leverage their combined purchasing volumes into savings and efficiencies. In this four-part educational series, co-op developers will learn the strategies and the development process for starting a purchasing cooperative.

In this webinar attendees learned how to:

  • Recognize the benefits of purchasing cooperatives
  • Define the types of cooperative purchasing
  • Define key factors in the feasibility of purchasing cooperatives
  • Understand major steps in starting a purchasing cooperative

Part 1: Introduction to Purchasing Cooperatives

  • Why form a purchasing cooperative?
  • What is a purchasing cooperative?
  • Benefits of being a member-owner
  • Traits of successful purchasing co-ops
  • Typical member commitments

Moderator

  • Lisa Stolarski - Executive Director, Co-ops USA, National Cooperative Business Association

Presenters

  • Ian Gray - President, Buying Group Services, Inc.
  • Don Collyard - Principal, Main Street Cooperative Group
  • Howard Brodsky - Co-Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, CCA Global Partners

Who Should Attend

  • Cooperative Developers
  • Individuals interested in learning about purchasing cooperatives

3.1.12 Utilizing Reverse Auctions to Maximize Your Co-op ROI

In today’s economy, procurement managers across all industries are aggressively pursuing new opportunities to reduce costs and incur huge savings in their buying efforts. In the cooperative community, many managers struggle to take advantage of new cost-cutting measures due to growing demands, reduced staff and shrinking budgets.

In this free webinar, attendees will discover the benefits of utilizing online reverse auctions and how they can significantly improve a co-op's bottom line, increase savings and gain additional benefits.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Achieve optimal, immediate and sustainable savings
  • Reduce negotiation time by 50-60 percent
  • Utilize a dedicated team of category and sourcing experts
  • Identify and qualify new suppliers to meet stakeholder requirements
  • Maximize competition via complete price transparency

Presenters

  • Chuck Wright - Director of e-Sourcing, TopSource LLC
  • John Latham - Director of Business Development, TopSource LLC
  • Scott Attaway - Director of Services & Supply Procurement, United Supermarkets

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Purchasing Manager, Sr. Manager, Director, Vice-President, Sr. Vice President
  • Procurement Manager, Sr. Manager, Director, Vice-President, Sr. Vice President
 

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