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Tag Archives: Strategic Sourcing

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!

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

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success! Posted on Dec 20

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

In response to Governor Baker’s August 9 announcement of the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the Operational Services Division (OSD) developed a municipal outreach program to share related procurement information and resources with Massachusetts communities. OSD’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) event series, hosted in cities   …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar Posted on Dec 15

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Whether you’re fairly new to COMMBUYS or are looking to refine your purchasing skills, we highly recommend our one-hour, online purchasing class. COMMBUYS trainer, Renee O’Rourke, will walk buyers through the steps to purchase from fixed-price line item catalogs, zero-dollar catalogs, and PunchOuts, and highlight   …Continue Reading Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview Posted on Nov 29

If someone described the process of doing business with the state as being “extremely easy to navigate,” you may not believe him at first. But the more you talk with David Kelly, Senior Solutions Consultant at Valora Technologies, the more you start to believe him.   …Continue Reading Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview