The Advantages of EPC's Volume Buying
The Southwest Ohio Educational Purchasing Council (EPC) combines the buying power of about 130 member school districts – about $92 million in total – an advantage that benefits both the schools and the vendors they buy from.
Advantages for Members
Through cooperative purchasing, the EPC provides member school districts access to low prices available only to high-volume buyers—economical prices not possible for schools purchasing on their own.
- EPC's competitive bidding process gives small school districts that join the EPC the same purchasing clout as Ohio’s largest school districts
- The EPC bidding process assures member districts that product and service specifications are met, so they get quality, as well as economy
- EPC's combined $120 million purchasing power for insurance benefits drives down administrative costs to 5%, compared to 10-12% for nonmember school districts that buy coverage independently
- The EPC - with the help of qualified volunteers from member districts -- researches and develops productspecifications and puts them out for bid, saving the personnel of each member district the time -- and money -- of having to do the work themselves. Across nearly 130 school districts, that’s a great savings in labor.
Advantages for Vendors
The EPC, by pooling 130 school districts into a single, massive customer base, offers tremendous advantages to vendors:
- Reduces marketing costsand the paperwork required whenworking individually with school districts
- Increases efficiencyas vendors reach a large volume of business with a single quote
- Provides a reliable customer base
- Opens the door for vendors to present their entire catalog of products or services to EPC member school districts -- increasing their sales potential
Vendors receive opportunities for contact withall EPC school districts at seven general membership meetings scheduled each year, plus the annual EPC Vendor Fair each Fall.