The Sky’s the Limit for New Purchasing Program

relaxed business personLimited budgets, limited time – but one thing that’s not limited are the demands for you to get the best products at competitive prices for your school, municipality, or nonprofit organization. Enter Collaborative Purchasing Solutions (CPS), IU13’s new centralized “hub” which is revolutionizing the way public procurement is brought to governmental entities.

This service recently launched by IU13’s Business Services Department is already getting rave reviews. Shares a participating school district buildings/grounds director, “The IU13 program has streamlined our ordering process, product delivery is 3-5x faster than our local supply houses and it has saved our district a lot of money over the last year. We are lucky to have this great partnership available to us.”

The vision of CPS is to meet the 21st century needs of your agency by providing solutions and products at the tip of your fingers which save you time and money without the expense of conducting your own bids. CPS adheres to The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Procurement Code, and all contracts are either competitively bid or negotiated under these guidelines. Schools, municipalities, governmental agencies, and nonprofits are among the eligible participants, and joining this free service is as simple as signing up.

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Whether you are looking for quantity-based bidding or just-in-time ordering and delivery, CPS can offer you a flexible and innovative solution that best fits your demand. CPS does all the legwork for you, allowing you to:

  • Realize savings in the overhead costs of bidding: preparing specifications, ensuring quality and advertising.
  • Obtain lower unit costs by taking advantage of leveraged large volume awards.
  • Utilize industry-leading technologies which can streamline your purchasing and compliance processes.

Learn more about this exciting new service at, or contact Steve Frey at