Save Your Time and Money
By leveraging the purchasing power of hundreds of members to competitively bid on all types of products and services, BuyBoard enables you to purchase what your organization needs for less. You also receive the convenience of one-stop shopping without a lengthy bidding process.
The Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative was created to increase the purchasing power of government entities throughout Texas, and to simplify their purchasing by using a customized electronic purchasing system, called the BuyBoard. The Cooperative is administered by the Texas Association of School Boards, and is endorsed by the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties.
- View electronic catalogs of available products
- Use keyword searches to locate products and services
- Create purchase requisitions and purchase orders
- Send purchase orders electronically to contracted vendors
- Create approval routes for approval of purchases
- Create RFQs for price quotes
- Facilitate compliance with state bidding requirements
- Identify qualified vendors of goods and services
- Relieve the burdens of governmental purchasing functions
- Reduce the cost of goods and services with economies of scale
The Cooperative uses Internet-based technologies to create a single source for product and awarded contract information. The BuyBoard, a secured Web site, allows members to make confident buying decisions and streamline the purchasing process. The BuyBoard’s simple format allows point-and-click access to detailed product descriptions, part numbers, and images. Buyers simply select products that best fit their needs. Searching can be done by keyword, part number, vendor, or even manufacturer. Members only need a Web browser to access the efficiencies created using the BuyBoard.
The BuyBoard allows buyers to create purchase requisitions and route those requisitions based on an approval path that each entity defines. As requisitions are approved, status history is tracked. At the point the purchase is fully approved, a purchase order is created and transmitted electronically to the vendor.
All items and catalogs posted on the BuyBoard have been competitively bid and awarded by the Cooperative’s Board of Trustees based on Texas statutes. This eliminates the need for members to go through the bidding process on their own. A request for quote (RFQ) option is also available for volume purchases. By using an RFQ to awarded Co-op vendors, members have the opportunity to save additional money, again, without going through the formal bid process themselves. The end result is a reduction in administrative efforts while maintaining compliance with competitive bidding requirements.
To find out if this service is available to your organization, please visit www.buyboard.com or contact Techline at 800.500.3161 to learn how to become a member of BuyBoard.