MA Procurement Insights

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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

Municipal Grants Offered through MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Posted on Mar 17

Beginning April 3, 2017, MassDEP will accept applications for its annual Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), offering grants to cities, towns, and regional entities for a variety of waste reduction and recycling activities, as well as qualified Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) purchases. In 2016, SMRP   …Continue Reading Municipal Grants Offered through MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program

Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team! Posted on Mar 7

OSD consistently looks for Department and Municipal buyers to participate on a Strategic Sourcing Services Team (SSST) and play an integral role in developing a new Statewide Contract. Team members engage in a variety of activities, including needs identification, writing/developing the RFR and specifications, bid   …Continue Reading Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team!

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open! Posted on Feb 23

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

Exhibitor registration for the 19th Annual MASSBUYS EXPO is now open! The 2017 MASSBUYS EXPO is being held on April 26-27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts – home of five-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots! We hope Statewide Contractors share our excitement   …Continue Reading MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

New Web Tool Takes the Guesswork Out of Supplier Certification Posted on Feb 16

What’s easier than parallel parking, remembering a password, or filing your taxes? Finding out if your business qualifies for a Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certification! Gone are the days of wondering how to start the process of becoming a certified diverse business. With the introduction   …Continue Reading New Web Tool Takes the Guesswork Out of Supplier Certification

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

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts Posted on Jan 11

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

OSD has developed a resource that may assist cities and towns who are signatories to the Commonwealth Community Compact and have elected to implement the Year 2 Best Practice Initiative(s). OSD is responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts for use by Massachusetts public purchasers.   …Continue Reading Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award Posted on Dec 30

EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award

As Director of the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program at OSD, Julia Wolfe is relentless in her efforts to broaden and promote the availability of sustainable purchasing options on Statewide Contracts. By virtue of Wolfe’s hard work and determination, the Commonwealth has received   …Continue Reading EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award

COMMBUYS Helpful Hints: Password Guidance for Vendors Posted on Dec 27

If you have forgotten your login credentials, COMMBUYS offers a self-service option. On COMMBUYS.com, select Sign In followed by the Login Assistance link. On the Login Help page, select either Forgot User ID or Forgot Password and click Continue. Users will receive the requested information   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Helpful Hints: Password Guidance for Vendors