Foundation Collaborates with Amazon Business to Simplify Procurement at Scale

The Foundation for California Community Colleges Collaborates with Amazon Business to Simplify Procurement at Scale

SACRAMENTO, CA—September 24, 2020—The Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) has engaged in a three-year collaborative partnership with Amazon Business to streamline local purchasing processes for the California Community Colleges. This new partnership provides all 116 California Community Colleges access to Amazon Business’ dynamic online store with business-only pricing, quantity discounts, free two-day shipping with Business Prime, and more, available on hundreds of millions of products and supplies.

The Foundation’s CollegeBuys program boasts over two decades of experience securing California Public Contract Code compliant agreements on behalf of the California Community Colleges, with all efforts focused on providing the best value and cost-savings. This new partnership with Amazon Business provides a familiar and trusted online purchasing experience for the system and connects colleges to added benefits, including the ability to review pricing from multiple suppliers side-by-side; make data-powered, cost-based decisions; and get enhanced delivery speed and product availability.

“We are excited to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Foundation for California Community Colleges,” said Rob Green, Amazon Business Director for Public Sector.  “We look forward to leveraging Amazon Business’ vast selection, fulfillment capabilities and procurement solutions to serve the unique needs of the California Community Colleges and its 116 campuses. This cooperative agreement paves the way to onboard additional community colleges to Amazon Business and bring more benefits to students nationwide.”

Amazon’s robust infrastructure features consolidation of orders and compliance controls and will empower community college districts to work with greater purchasing visibility and overall efficiency for all their procurement needs. Additional features available include built-in analytic tools and enhanced reporting on order trends across various departments on campus which influence colleges’ ability to leverage data in the budgeting process and better align with organizational needs.

“Amazon Business, as an internet-based procurement option, provided our District requesters and users with the flexibility of choice combined with low-cost alternatives, though one missing component was a code compliant contract to support purchases totaling over the bid limits. The Foundation’s partnership with Amazon Business allows districts to have contractual compliance, greater efficiency in punching out orders, and brings the advantage of having a competitive option, which is a win not just for our district but all community college districts systemwide," said Priya Jerome, Executive Director of Procurement at South Orange County Community College District.

This collaborative partnership is part of the Foundation’s work and mission to provide effective solutions and resources for the largest higher education system in the nation, the California Community Colleges. To learn more about the Amazon Business agreement with the CollegeBuys program, visit foundationccc.org/CollegeBuys. More information about Amazon Business can be found at business.amazon.com.

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The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office. The Foundation's mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works to benefit all California Community College students, colleges, college foundations, and the system as a whole by accelerating paths to economic and social mobility, strengthening communities, and reducing barriers to opportunities for all Californians. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.foundationccc.org.

CollegeBuys is the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ systemwide procurement vehicle that leverages the buying power of California’s 116 community colleges to secure and offer discounts of up to 85 percent on a wide range of educational products—from industry-leading software and technology to high quality office and classroom furniture. For more information, visit www.collegebuys.org.

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