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What is a National-IPA Contract?

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 19, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath


Are you currently purchasing through government contracts? If not, we are going to drop a little knowledge on you regarding why you should!

There is a vast need to procure a wide variety of furnishings, equipment and other products for a multitude of intergovernmental departments including schools and municipalities. The government typically purchases through contracts, also known as purchasing cooperatives. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know this. But did you know how easy it is you for you, as a school or municipality, to purchase through these contracts? Specifically, National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance, or National-IPA, is an organization that solely negotiates and writes these contracts.

The beauty of a contract, or purchasing cooperative, is that it is a pre-negotiated agreement that aggregates demand in order to obtain lower procurement costs. In addition to making discounted pricing readily available, it saves a great deal of time as you no longer have to go through a bidding process (can I get an Amen?!). Steve Ward and Associates is able to offer multiple products through National-IPA that have already been approved for a school or municipality to purchase at the pre-negotiated price. This streamlines the process for everyone involved and insures the most competitive prices for you, the customer.

Let’s discuss an example. If you are looking to purchase auditorium seating for a renovation, you can skip the bidding process and directly purchase your seating through the National-IPA contract. Voila! Time and money saved for all parties involved. National-IPA is free, and is quick and easy to sign up for.

Have we peeked your interest yet? Click here to check it out for yourself and see how you can add value to your next project by saving time and money.

To learn more about National-IPA, click here.

To learn more about purchasing from Steve Ward & Associates through National-IPA contracts, contact us today.

Geoff McElrath

Written by Geoff McElrath