5 Things Veterinary and Dental Associations Should Know About GPOs

Are you tired of searching for the best deals in purchasing for your practice or members? The cost comparison alone is time-consuming, and as an independent clinic or Association, your contract options are sometimes.

3 Supplier Negotiation Strategy Tips

It’s no secret that the market prices for goods and services for business operations continuously shift, ebbing and flowing. However, most companies are locked into vendor contracts at a fixed point, rarely to be.

Member Spotlight: Service Management Systems

You know that by partnering with UNA Purchasing Solutions, you can save an average of 22% on goods and services your company is purchasing. You know that our selected suppliers are among the top rated in the country and.

Business Travel Savings at the Touch of a Button

Last week, our partner Hotel Engine announced their international expansion plan for 2017 with 20,000 new locations opening in South and Central America and the Caribbean. With the hotel booking platform, you can now.

Hotel Engine Expands Into South America

UNA's corporate hotel booking partner, Hotel Engine, announced yesterday an expansion of their international presence with the addition of 20,000 hotels in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

3 Ways Associations Can Avoid Losses With An Affinity Program

Affinity programs are a great source of diversified, non-dues revenue for associations and a useful tool for recruitment and member retention -  if done properly. Without thorough research and consideration though, an.

Four Ways An AT&T Business Plan Can Drive Productivity

No matter the size of your company, your time is precious. With reliable resources and a stable process in play, productivity can go through the roof. Your wireless service is a powerful tool that can make or break your.

UNA Gives Back: Five Tips for Success from Anthony Clervi

UNA President and CEO, Anthony Clervi, recently visited his alma mater McKendree University to encourage the next generation of business professionals to pursue their professional and personal goals.  Since his.

Fundraising and Non-Dues Revenue

Associations, like any other organization or business, need to make money. However, the financial landscape of Associations is much more elaborate than what meets the eye.

10 Signs You Need An Affinity Program

For associations, managing your member organizations and trying to maintain high satisfaction comes with plenty of challenges. If you have run into any of these hurdles, it may be a sign your association could use a.

Indirect Spend vs. Direct Spend

Procurement is the overarching act of obtaining goods or services and covers a wide process of payment. Underneath the larger procurement umbrella is direct and indirect spending. These two veins of cash flow, when.

Where Are Costs Hiding in Your Company’s Supply Chain?

Working out a supply chain strategy is like doing a 5,000-piece puzzle. You might spend weeks fitting the pieces together and still feel like you have only half of the picture. When you’re sorting hundreds of contracts.

The Nonprofit’s Guide to Negotiating Contracts to Reduce Business Costs

Contract Negotiation Strategies for Nonprofits As a nonprofit, every dollar you spend on operational costs is one you can’t spend on fulfilling your mission to help others. When business costs begin to get in the way of.

How to Cut Supply Chain Costs: 6 Lessons From Alibaba

Supply chain leaders can learn from Chinese e-commerce goliath Alibaba Group’s groundbreaking ideas, particularly when it comes to lowering costs and differentiating their operations. In just a few years, Alibaba, which.

How Hotels Can Win the Supply Chain Game

Managing supply chain and procurement is one of the best ways a hotelier can increase profits and minimize losses, but it's tough to do it well. A hotel must manage hundreds of SKUs. With so many products to buy, it's.

How Cloud Computing Is Transforming Supply Chain Management

Although cloud technology has been around for almost 20 years, supply chain professionals are relatively hesitant to migrate their systems. Paul Smith, a major British fashion retailer, is a comparatively early adopter.

Growing Association Membership by Helping Members Save Money

Five Ways to Increase Membership in an Organization Offer your members cost-saving benefits like group purchasing programs and discounted educational opportunities, and you'll likely not only grow your membership ranks.

3 Services GPOs Offer That Save More Than Money

GPO services save group purchasing organization members money on the everyday costs associated with running a business. This can include the costs of small package shipping, office supplies, food distribution, hotel.

Why You Should Rethink Handling Procurement Internally

For many companies, purchasing decisions are handled in-house. With the possible exception of an assistant, the job often rests on the shoulders of one person: the procurement manager. This purchasing professional has a.

Three Hidden Costs That Could Be Marking Up Your Business Contracts

Hidden Costs in Business Contracts Your suppliers want to help you deliver to customers, but they also need to turn a profit. How do you maintain a strong relationship with suppliers while ensuring both of you benefit?.

Meet Our President - Anthony Clervi

A Little Background on Anthony Anthony is a driven entrepreneur with a passion for people and relationship-building opportunities. He has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and business consulting, and provides.

Managing Your Company’s Sourcing and Procurement

When creating a strategy for managing your company’s spend, procurement and sourcing decisions largely hinge on four factors: Time Resources Leverage Goals

How UNA Can Help Businesses Save Money on Their Indirect Spend

 UNA Purchasing Solutions helps businesses and organizations with their indirect spend strategies by saving them time and money on the products and services they use every day from the suppliers they trust.

How to Make the Most of a Group Purchasing Partnership

Minimizing the costs of doing business can be tricky and time-consuming, so an increasing number of companies are looking to group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to help them save money.

How Group Purchasing Organizations Work

Group Purchasing Organizations, or GPOs, save their members money by leveraging the collective purchases of all members to secure deeply discounted pricing from suppliers. Over the past 10 years of service, we have seen.

Chain Reactions: How GPOs Insulate Companies Against Downturns

The Great Recession didn’t just adversely affect financially troubled companies. After all, every time a bankruptcy is filed, shock waves travel along supply chains and often take healthy companies by surprise. In other.

Your Part In Group Purchasing

There is a reason puzzles are typically printed with pictures on them. Humans want to connect a larger vision. It's easier to partake or put together 10,000 tiny pieces when you can see the overall design coming.

What's the Catch? How Does a GPO Work?

How Does a GPO Work? We're on the tail-end of that time of year when phrases like “Zero down,” “Big holiday savings,” and other promotions promising low prices are floating around. Along with visions of discounts, there.

MythBusters: GPO Style

Myths About GPOs Group purchasing organizations, or GPOs, are not a new idea. In fact, they’ve been around for a while and have subsequently gathered some myths about their purpose and value. UNA has put the myths to.

Maximize Your Buying Power

Everyone wants to get the most bang for their buck, especially when it’s the company’s buck. While every dollar may have the same inherent value, a dollar strategically spent can procure much more.

Indirect Procurement Strategy

Remember our strategy for becoming a two-cookie company by maximizing your spend? Let’s shift perspective and pretend that you own the bakery and are looking to cut down on your spending. When looking at your expenses,.

UNA Purchasing Solutions Partners With Hotel Engine

At UNA Purchasing Solutions, we partner with only the best suppliers to offer our members discounts on top-quality products and services. Even with our extensive list of suppliers, there was still something missing. We.

The Value of Affinity Programs for Associations

Want an easy way to grow and retain your membership while increasing non-dues revenue? My advice, implement a quality affinity program. Affinity programs are business partnerships where an association offers exclusive.

Save On Food Purchasing Through GPOs

What if you could save money on food purchasing while increasing operational efficiency, all without sacrificing quality or adding to administrative burdens? By joining a group purchasing organization, or GPO, you’re.

Five Reasons to be Grateful for Group Buying

It’s November. The leaves are changing, it’s football season again, colder weather has set in; there are so many reasons why this is the season that stirs up Thanksgiving. For your company, it’s no different. The year.

FedEx vs. UPS: Five Reasons to Choose FedEx

Five Reasons to Choose FedEx vs. UPS 1. Age and speed of the Ground network

ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

Last weekend, we traveled to Salt Lake City to participate in the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition where about 5,000 association professionals and industry partners gathered to exchange resources, strategies, solutions.

Are GPOs Just for Healthcare?

Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) have been assumed to serve the healthcare industry predominantly, as mentioned in our blog post, Mythbusters: GPO Style. Although GPO’s may have started by helping hospitals, they.

5 Reasons We're Thankful for You!

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we are taking inventory and counting our blessings. The top of our list? You! To show our appreciation for your partnership, we are listing five of the reasons we are thankful.

3 Simple Steps to Implement an Affinity Program for your Association

As an association, we understand that your goal is to provide the highest value to your members. At UNA, our mission is to enable you to offer that great value while also saving you time and money.

3 Reasons Why Associations Partner with GPOs to Offer Affinity Programs

One of the easiest ways to bring maximum value to your association members is to find and implement an effective affinity program. However, you might not have the time or the resources to put together the type of.

New Year, New Savings Opportunities

Between gifts, parties, and travel, your wallet has probably taken a holiday hit. Don’t worry, when it comes to your business purchasing needs, we’ve got you covered. As a gift to ring in the new year, we have packaged.

Guide to Group Buying for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, it’s essential that you feel you are getting the best quality goods and services at the lowest possible price point. However, without high volume purchase ordering, it can be challenging to.

3 Tips for Hotel and FF&E Procurement

With such a broad spectrum of purchasing needs in the hospitality industry, we understand that it’s a priority to be cost-effective while retaining the high quality of goods required to satisfy your customers. When it.

UNA Purchasing Solutions Partners with Chosen Payments

You know that UNA Purchasing can save your company money on every day purchasing needs such as shipping, office supplies, and travel, but as of today, we are now offering discounted credit card processing and other.

Managing Procurement Risk with a GPO

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a procurement expert on your team, dedicated to creating and implementing a preemptive strategy that could reduce risk and save money? Of course, it would, and that is exactly what you get.

Alibaba Supply Chain Explained

What began in 1999 with 18 people meeting in a small studio apartment in China has, in only 17 years, become a worldwide company with nearly 50,000 full-time employees. With that kind of growth and global conquest, they.

Procurement vs. Purchasing

There are 16 pieces on a chess board. To get across the board in victory, you must utilize all the pieces in one cohesive strategy. You wouldn’t approach a match with only one chess piece and no plan, so why would you.

Cooperatives vs. Group Purchasing Organizations

If saving your business time and money was on your resolution list this year, then perhaps you’ve already been looking for ways to set savings into motion. To help you narrow in on a cost-efficient procurement strategy,.

Case Study: Fresh Ideas and UNA Purchasing Solutions

Fresh Ideas partners with UNA Purchasing Solutions to save over $4K in corporate travel expenses in 2016, enabling them to allocate their budget in other areas of the business.Fresh Ideas is a food service management.

Affinity Program Solutions for Associations

No matter your Association's industry, keeping your members engaged and satisfied is your top priority. We get that. That's why we've done the research and created an Association Affinity Program that will save your.

A Guide to Getting the Most Out of a GPO Partnership

In January 2015, fitness centers saw a 55% increase in membership. According to Statista, it’s estimated based on previous years that over 80% of those who joined a gym in January will stop going by May. That is seven.

How to Improve Margins by Cutting Costs at Your Portfolio Companies

When private equity firms work to boost profits at portfolio companies, they often focus on growing revenue. But particularly when working with legacy companies, controlling operational expenses is an equally essential.

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