When do I use cooperative purchasing? Experts weigh in on when to co-op

Source: NIGP contributors, American City and County, July 8, 2013

Cooperative procurement is a proven, effective model for saving taxpayer dollars and a viable alternative to conventional, independent procurement processes. However, cooperative solutions are used to meet specific needs, have limitations and may not be appropriate in every circumstance.

Also, the buyer must ensure cooperative solutions are employed consistent with local legislation, competitive requirements and using the broadest possible participation of all vendor types….