Purchasing Consortium - Introduction

Purchasing Consortium

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Introduction

In 1998, CIC formed what has become a remarkably effective Purchasing Consortium for commodities and services. By joining forces, purchasing directors from member universities are able to negotiate better terms and gain significant price advantages on products with relatively high margins.  To date, CIC has saved more than $19 million. That amount includes:

  • A 45 percent cost reduction on Cisco routers, used in every campus network, with estimated total savings of $1,947,000.
  • Single-university savings of as much as $500,000 per quarter on research and laboratory supplies.
  • Collaborate spending in fiscal year 2007 of $25 million yielded savings of $2.95 million for office supplies, laboratory supplies, networking equipment, background check services, underwriters insurance, and dormitory mattresses. This represents an average savings of nearly 12 percent.

The Purchasing Consortium is expanding into other non-traditional services, with the newest contracts featured below.



CIC Purchasing Consortium RFP for Background Checks, I-9 and E-Verify Services

Estimated Timeline:

December 29, 2011 Date of Issue of the RFP
January 11, 2012 – 12:00 PM CST Proposer Memo of Interest Due
January 25, 2012 – 12:00 PM CST Proposer Written Questions Due
February 15, 2012 Responses to Written Questions Provided to all Proposers.
March 7, 2012 – 3:00 PM CST Proposals Due
May 11, 2012 Award Recommendation Date

RFP Files:

For questions, please contact:

Betsy Costello, Procurement Administrator
Northwestern University
m-costello@northwestern.edu

 

CIC Purchasing Consortium RFP for AV Equipment

Estimated Timeline:

April 11, 2012
Date of Issue of the RFP
April 18, 2012
Proposer Memo of Interest Due
April 19, 2012
Proposer Written Questions Due
April 26, 2012
Responses to Written Questions Provided to all Proposers.
May 15, 2012
Proposals Due
May 29, 2012 Award Recommendation Date

RFP Files:

University of Iowa's Ebid Website

For questions, please contact:

John Hillesland
University of Iowa
john-hillesland@uiowa.edu


CIC Purchasing Consortium RFP for Car Rental

Estimated Timeline:

December 11, 2012
Date of Issue of the RFP
December 19, 2012
Proposer Memo of Interest Due
December 19, 2012
Proposer Written Questions Due
December 21, 2012
Responses to Written Questions Provided to all Proposers.
January 15, 2013
Proposals Due
April 2013
Award Recommendation Date

RFP Files:

RFP specs must be viewed and responses submitted electronically through the University of Minnesota’s MBid system. Suppliers must register or already be registered in MBid in order to view the full RFP and respond. If you are not already a registered supplier, go to http://purchasing.umn.edu/mbid/login.html and click New Supplier Registration link to register. If already registered, log in at the above URL to view the RFP and respond.  RFP specifications will not be mailed or faxed

For questions, please contact:

Beth Tapp
University of Minnesota
bethtapp@umn.edu