Top 3 Reasons to Join the Purchasing Co-Op
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
- Studies have shown that for the last 5-10 years, general business supplies and services have become commodities that do not require added costs of sales-reps or overzealous marketing expenses, which each contribute to higher end-costs to the consumer. Internet savvy shoppers know what they want and need, what it should cost, and generally, know where to go to get it...online!
Purchasing co-op's or GPO's (group purchasing organizations) are the next generation of purchasing efficiency for all businesses, large or small. These entities, in essence, combine and leverage the spend volume of many businesses into one cohesive contract, thereby allowing each participating business to benefit from other member's volume without the hassle and time-consuming jobs of research and negotiation.
- GCFA worked for over two years behind the scenes to help build the UMCGPO, pick vendors that meet The Church’s code of ethics and reputational requirements and make the website as user-friendly as possible. With over 33 thousand churches and affiliated organizations in America alone, the combined spend for general supplies and services is in the BILLIONS!. However, the UMC has not taken advantage of that spend until now through the UMCGPO.
Participation is essential for the UMCGPO's success and the benefits and discounts will only improve over time as the purchasing volume grows.
- Our participating members have reported average documented savings of 20+% by purchasing from the vendors within the UMCGPO. No vetting, no negotiations, no haggling; just create an account and start saving money!
The UMCGPO is free to all United Methodist churches and affiliated organizations, is 100% voluntary (use 1 vendor or 10), and your location can cancel your membership at any time.
Sign up at www.UMCGPO.com to start saving.