Many clientele and prospective clients may not be aware of this fact, but Staging Concepts is a part of the contract purchasing program facilitated by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). NJPA is a national organization that creates a business and service relationship alliance between buyers and suppliers. The goal of this organization is to provide their members with requested programs and services that are created, coordinated and delivered through a cooperative effort between NJPA and their member agencies. Eligible members of NJPA include any unit of government, education (K-12 and higher ed) or non-profit agencies in the USA and Canada.
Staging Concepts was awarded a contract through NJPA since 2015 and values its collaboration with NJPA in many different ways. Having an awarded contract with NJPA is an efficient way for NJPA members to buy products. The traditional bid process is facilitated by NJPA and is all done ahead of time, so individual buyers do not need to facilitate the process on every purchase they make.
NJPA has over 175 awarded vendor contracts in a wide variety of industries and over 500 ezIQC Construction contracts. Facility & MRO, Fleet Services & Equipment, Food Service & Equipment, Healthcare & Pharmacy Solutions, Heavy & Utility Equipment, Logistic Services & Mail Equipment, Office & Classroom Solutions & Equipment, Technology & Communication Solutions, Transportation and more.
“Purchasing Staging Concepts’ equipment through the NJPA awarded contract lets non-profits, K-12 and government agencies buy equipment with just a purchase order. This completely simplifies the process and allows those members to gain an advantage to the processes that usually take much more effort and paperwork,” says Bob Randall, Vice President of Staging Concepts. “This NJPA process allows members to eliminate the hassle of bidding each item, since our offerings and contract are put together and reviewed by NJPA ahead of time.”
NJPA establishes and provides nationally leveraged and competitively solicited purchasing contracts under the guidance of the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law (M.S. 471.345 Subd. 15). The Joint Exercise of Powers Law (M.S. 471.59) allows the members to legally purchase through NJPA’s contracts without duplicating their own competitive solicitation process and requirements. The result of this cooperative effort is a high quality selection of nationally leveraged, competitively solicited contract solutions to help meet the ever challenging needs of NJPA’s current and future member agencies (http://www.njpacoop.org/).
If you are not yet a member of NJPA, the application process is very simple and easy. Memberships can be obtained online at: http://www.njpacoop.org/national-cooperative-contract-solutions/join-njpa/. Staging Concepts’ products are part of the NJPA “Athletic Surfaces & Equipment, Ice Arenas & Event Seating” category, and are offered through NJPA contract # 100814-STC.
As of 2018, NJPA is known as Sourcewell.