Unlocking Cost Savings and Operational Efficiencies Through Cooperative Purchasing: Highlights from the CAPPO Conference

The 2024 California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO) Conference, held in Palm Springs from January 21-24, 2024, provided a unique opportunity for public purchasing professionals from across California to exchange best practices, collaborate on building a mission-focused future, and reconnect with colleagues. 

One notable session at the conference, titled “Cooperative Purchasing: Adding Another Piggyback Option to Your Arsenal,” featured a collaborative presentation by panelists Jennifer Keiper, Senior Director of Procurement Services at FoundationCCC, Juliette Terry, Director of Procurement Services at Sacramento Regional Transit District, and Angelic Davis, Director of Purchasing, Printing, and Mail Services at Mt. San Antonio College.

Cooperative purchasing continues to serve as a fundamental strategy for maximizing efficiency and cost savings in procurement. During this session, Davis and Terry presented a compelling case study, highlighting how Mt. San Antonio CCD and SacRT have benefited from utilizing FoundationCCC agreements. As organizations continue to seek innovative approaches to procurement optimization, the success of the CollegeBuys program serves as a testament to the transformative potential of collaborative procurement, extending beyond California’s community college sector. Expanding on these case studies, Keiper elaborated on the CollegeBuys program’s adaptability and relevance in providing a framework for public agencies to enhance their purchasing power and deliver greater value to stakeholders.

The conference saw enthusiastic participation from community college districts such as Cerritos CCD, Contra Costa CCD, Mt. San Antonio CCD, Ohlone CCD, Peralta CCD, and San Joaquin Delta CCD, who actively engaged with the latest trends and strategies in the field. The CollegeBuys team was delighted to connect with colleagues at the CAPPO Conference and looks forward to future collaborative efforts at forthcoming events. The 2025 CAPPO Conference is scheduled to be held in Sacramento on January 12-15, 2025.

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