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OSD Interns Impress Staff with Summer Projects Posted on Oct 6

OSD Interns Impress Staff with Summer Projects

OSD was fortunate to have five stellar interns join our staff during the summer of 2017. Working on various projects across many OSD business units, these interns tackled some tough issues plaguing our traditional systems and processes. Read more about each of our fantastic interns,   …Continue Reading OSD Interns Impress Staff with Summer Projects

Use Statewide Contracts to Prepare for Emergencies Posted on Sep 29

Use Statewide Contracts to Prepare for Emergencies

In conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) National Preparedness Month, Governor Charlie Baker declared September as Emergency Preparedness Month for the Commonwealth. This month is the designated time to plan for safety during droughts, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, wildfires, and other disasters. Fortunately, by   …Continue Reading Use Statewide Contracts to Prepare for Emergencies

City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration Posted on Aug 22

City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration

Led by Purchasing Agent Kathryn Logan, the City of Quincy’s purchasing team quickly has become a shining example of how to use OSD’s services to maximize municipal efficiency and engage a community. As of August 16, 2017, the City has spent more than $4.7 million in COMMBUYS, and has purchased   …Continue Reading City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Posted on Jul 24

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program

The Operational Services Division has revamped the COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Program to make it more inclusive and also to incorporate a broader array of activities that are representative of successful COMMBUYS implementation. Among others, the new COMMBUYS Loyalty Program will acknowledge catalog ordering, transacting   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Loyalty Program

Step Right Up! Posted on Jun 30

In Fiscal Year 2016, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts spent more than $1.4 billion on goods and services available on Statewide Contract. Is it the right time for you to go for a slice of that pie? Join the Operational Services Division and local government purchasing and procurement   …Continue Reading Step Right Up!

OSD Welcomes India Delegation Posted on May 25

OSD Welcomes India Delegation

On Friday, April 28, the Operational Services Division welcomed senior procurement officials from India’s State Government of Maharashtra to our offices in Boston. As part of the United States Trade and Development Agency’s (USTDA) Global Procurement Initiative, the group of officials participated in a study   …Continue Reading OSD Welcomes India Delegation

Manage Your Organization’s Waste Stream in a More Sustainable Manner Posted on Apr 14

Earth Day is April 22! With recycling possibilities on Statewide Contract, you may recycle a vast array of items and find the tools and products to develop a recycling program in your facility, including on-site visits by awarded contract vendors who will assess your organization’s   …Continue Reading Manage Your Organization’s Waste Stream in a More Sustainable Manner

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro Posted on Mar 22

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

As soon as Terri Peznola started her new role as Purchasing Assistant with the Town of Saugus, she hit the ground running. During her first week on the job in September of 2016, she registered for the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO) offered   …Continue Reading From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

COMMBUYS Corner Posted on Jan 26

COMMBUYS Corner

The COMMBUYS application was recently updated, making available a new bid posting option. Buyers now may decide to disable the option to collect Unit Cost, instead requiring interested bidders to provide pricing details via Quote Attachment. New Bid Posting Option for Buyers Buyers electing to   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Corner

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS Posted on Jan 20

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

When creating and posting bids in COMMBUYS, proper commodity code selection is fundamental to maximizing vendor quote responses. OSD’s UNSPSC* webinar for buyers – a one-hour, online class – reinforces the importance of commodity codes and demonstrates how to search for and add suitable codes   …Continue Reading UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS