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Category Archives: COMMBUYS Market Center

A New Sales Echelon and Our Newest COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Inductees Posted on Aug 16

A New Sales Echelon and Our Newest COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Inductees

Since its launch in March 2014, COMMBUYS activity has steadily increased due in large part to Department support and a growing number of municipal organizations that choose to use COMMBUYS. We are pleased to report that as of July 18, 2016, the COMMBUYS Market Center   …Continue Reading A New Sales Echelon and Our Newest COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Inductees

Buyers Support COMMBUYS Adoption Posted on Jan 11

Buyers Support COMMBUYS Adoption

  Like anything else that’s new and worthwhile, COMMBUYS adoption has taken time and has required users to embrace change. Since COMMBUYS’ implementation in March 2014, many organizations have demonstrated resourcefulness and determination in their adoption of COMMBUYS. The Operational Services Division (OSD) applauds these   …Continue Reading Buyers Support COMMBUYS Adoption

The City of Everett Adopts COMMBUYS Posted on Oct 23

The City of Everett Adopts COMMBUYS

  The COMMBUYS Enablement Team (CET) had a busy September. While the entire team is dedicated to helping municipal organizations access competitive Statewide Contract pricing through COMMBUYS, Jackie Abbott is the Account Manager responsible for outreach to Gateway Cities. These 26 communities across the Commonwealth   …Continue Reading The City of Everett Adopts COMMBUYS

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints – UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers Posted on Oct 19

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints - UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers

The Operational Services Division (OSD) uses United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC), a global products and services classification system, to categorize goods and services in the COMMBUYS Market Center. Purchasers use these codes when posting bids and vendors select UNSPSCs as part of   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints – UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers

An Adventure in Training Posted on Sep 18

An Adventure in Training

When they return to school in September, many children are tasked with describing how they spent their summer vacations. For Scott Jones, Director of Training for OSD, and his team of 11 training professionals, much of this summer has been devoted to reviewing, updating, testing,   …Continue Reading An Adventure in Training

FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff Posted on Sep 10

FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff

  Within OSD, the Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program works to integrate environmentally preferable specifications into Statewide Contracts to help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, protect public health, and promote the use of clean technologies, recycled materials, and less toxic products. As part   …Continue Reading FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff

COMMBUYS Grants Enhancement Posted on Sep 1

  While Grant postings are nothing new to COMMBUYS, announcing and finding these funding opportunities has never been easier with the introduction of a new COMMBUYS-specific UNSPSC commodity code (00-00-00) for Grants!* Going forward, grantor agencies will be using this UNSPSC code to clearly identify   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Grants Enhancement

Find Funding through Grants in COMMBUYS Posted on May 27

Find Funding through Grants in COMMBUYS

COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s eProcurement system, is home to more than just contracts and bidding opportunities. Funding often is available to municipalities in the form of grants, which also live in the COMMBUYS Market Center as bid opportunities. While many municipalities have registered in COMMBUYS with   …Continue Reading Find Funding through Grants in COMMBUYS

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD Posted on May 5

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD

  Executing Statewide Contracts, managing the COMMBUYS Market Center, issuing supplier diversity certifications, and implementation of the Small Business Purchasing Program are a few of the initiatives which the Operational Services Division (OSD) oversees on a daily basis. While each initiative has staff dedicated to   …Continue Reading The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD

COMMBUYS Adoption Case Study: City of Lawrence Posted on Apr 2

COMMBUYS Adoption Case Study: City of Lawrence

  One year after the Operational Services Division (OSD) launched the COMMBUYS Market Center, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ e-procurement system has seen more than 3,000 bids posted, more than 11,000 orders issued, and approximately 10,000 registered vendors.* The OSD Enablement Team has been traveling around   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Adoption Case Study: City of Lawrence