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Tag Archives: Purchasing from Statewide Contracts

Which Contract – MRO or Trades? Posted on Mar 28

Which Contract - MRO or Trades?

When it comes to facilities management, buyers have two options: 1. Purchase thousands of products, supplies, and equipment through four Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Statewide Contracts, or 2. Use the four Trades contracts. Deciding which of these options to pursue boils down to whether labor will   …Continue Reading Which Contract – MRO or Trades?

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources Posted on Mar 22

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Technology is woven into our daily workflow so, not surprisingly, OSD fields a good number of questions about using Statewide Contracts for technology projects. Particularly since the advent of An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government in November 2016 – which raised construction procurement   …Continue Reading Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure Posted on Mar 1

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

There are several incentive programs designed to advance the use of clean energy vehicles and expand related infrastructure through grants and rebates. These incentives, available to a wide audience, are allocated on a first come, first served basis and deadlines may apply. Settlement-Funded Grant &   …Continue Reading Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham Posted on Jan 31

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

The Town of Needham has made wide use of the state’s Trades contracts over the last two years. Buildings in Needham, including the Town Hall, school facilities, and the Needham Public Library, have been the beneficiary of various Statewide Contract Trades services – plumbing, HVAC,   …Continue Reading Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes Posted on Oct 16

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

September marks a time when daylight hours wane and the inevitability of fall and winter becomes increasingly apparent. In Massachusetts, this period is acknowledged as a time of planning and readiness: Governor Charlie Baker recently reaffirmed September as the Commonwealth’s Emergency Preparedness Month to ensure   …Continue Reading Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources Posted on Aug 10

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources

When you engage an FAC86 Statewide Contract Vendor to handle your organization’s solid waste disposal needs, you’ve taken a strategic first step toward ensuring best value for your organization, knowing that the contract was negotiated using the Commonwealth’s significant buying power and contracting expertise. But   …Continue Reading Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources

Six New School Buses — Destination: the Vineyard Posted on Jul 6

Six New School Buses — Destination: the Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is adding six new Blue Bird school buses to their district’s fleet following a series of productive conversations with Anderson Motors, Inc., a new vendor in a new category on the VEH98 Purchase of Vehicles Statewide Contract. The purchase is in line with   …Continue Reading Six New School Buses — Destination: the Vineyard

Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative – Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards Posted on Jan 26

Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative - Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Cities and towns, as well as some Executive Departments, have been seeking guidance to safely clean up and dispose of used syringes that increasingly have been found in Massachusetts communities. The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), whose mission includes protecting workers’ safety and health   …Continue Reading Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative – Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Praise for the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event Posted on Dec 1

Praise for the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event

Get an Overview of the Day Express Interest in Attending Next Year! Feedback from buyers attending the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event in Sturbridge on November 7 was overwhelmingly positive, pointing to informative breakout sessions and productive time spent with Statewide Contractors. Kathy Reilly, Deputy Assistant   …Continue Reading Praise for the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update Posted on Nov 3

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update

Training Data Included in the New Standings COMMBUYS Loyalty Program results have been tabulated through September 30, 2017, and – for the first time – we’ve included training details for the preceding five quarters. Check out your COMMBUYS Loyalty Program results and see how you   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update