FAQs

What is the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op?

The Colonial Purchasing Co-Op is a cost savings vehicle available to participating members. The purpose of the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op is to leverage purchasing strength through membership in order to acquire goods and services at lower prices. GPO’s are not resellers, but rather contract negotiators. GPO members are entitled to purchase through these negotiated contracts.

I don’t understand how the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op service works; could you briefly explain it?

The Colonial Purchasing Co-Op negotiates contracts directly with suppliers. Once you are registered with the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op, you can purchase directly through the supplier while utilizing the savings the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op has negotiated. It is simple and fast. The Colonial Purchasing Co-Op is here to answer any questions you have, negotiate contracts on your behalf, and act as a general advocate for purchasing within the media manufacturing industry.

What is the membership cost and obligation?

There is a low joining fee and annual membership fee, and no obligation to purchase. If you would like to speak to a representative, please call us.

How does a company participate?

Click on Become a Member on the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op home page and complete the short application.

What kinds of products and services are available to my company and how do I access the discount?

A complete list of our vendors and discounts will be available on www.colonialpurchasing.com . Our vendor portfolio will be extensive and will include products and services such as Polycarbonate, Lacquer, Ink, Cases and more.

What are the benefits my company can expect once we sign up with the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op?

  • We save you time, money and resources because we’ve done the procurement process for you.
  • If your preferred supplier is part of the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op, you can use your local sales representative and purchase directly through them, while still receiving the savings.
  • We intervene with suppliers to work out misunderstandings.

Do I buy directly through theColonial Purchasing Co-Op?

No, the Colonial Purchasing Co-Op does not warehouse or sell any products or services to our members. We simply facilitate access to special contract pricing for our members. Your company will purchase directly with our contract suppliers and/or manufacturers.

How can I be sure that I will save money?

We encourage you to compare our pricing to that of your current suppliers or other potential suppliers to ensure we are providing our members with the lowest pricing possible. If you find a lower price, please contact us so we can revisit our contract and change it accordingly.

How can I become an authorized Colonial Purchasing Co-Op supplier?

If your organization is interested in becoming an authorized Colonial Purchasing Co-Op supplier, please select the authorized suppliers tab at www.colonialpurchasing.com and complete the supplier application.

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