Awards

IPHEC awards and associated Cooperative engagements cover a wide range of Commodities and services.  Below are detailed snapshots of each current IPHEC opportunity.  For information about IPHEC awards or to propose a new IPHEC award please click the “Submit Award Suggestion” button below. 

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Apple Products, Software, and Maintenance Sole Source

State institutions of Higher Education require specific Apple products and software for universities on multiple levels. Universities, course content, and staff must have Apple products and software to remain technologically competitive with other learning institutions. In addition, Apple maintenance is extremely specialized and only available directly through Apple and their certified technicians.

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Athletic Corridors & Storage Lockers (E&I Award)

List Industries, Inc. is/are expected to be the manufacturer or a fully authorized dealer/distributor for any of the manufacturers it proposes. The Supplier is expected to furnish Athletic, Corridor, and Storage Lockers as required by Members. The Supplier and its distributors must be able to provide service and timely deliveries to all members and campuses. Direct involvement by the awarded supplier may be necessary to assist members in understanding the different product types available and in selecting the best solution to fit their needs.

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Audio Visual & Collaboration Integrator (E&I Award)

This approved E&I award is set up for Multimedia, Equipment Products, Components and Systems (new and refurbished) - Sales, Support, & Design.

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Audio Visual Equipment

This award was solicited to obtain multiple suppliers to provide Audio Visual Equipment, from an extended base of manufacturers, with a wide range of products, in order to meet and exceed the end-user’s needs, at the lowest cost. 

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Background Checks (CICPC Award)

This is a CICPC award for Background Checks, I-9 Employment Verification and E-Verify Services. Each institution is required to complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) with General Information Services, Inc. (GIS).

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Background Checks (E&I Award)

As one of the world's largest providers of employment screening services, HireRight specializes in helping Members efficiently implement, manage and control their screening programs.

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Building & Construction Management (E&I Award)

Gilbane Building Company is uniquely equipped to partner with Members in construction and assist in meeting or exceeding their goals. Gilbane will keep critical schedule deadlines, maintain quality work, provide safety for all parties involved, help achieve diversity goals and to oversee cost objectives at the forefront of the goals to be achieved on each project.

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Building Automation Systems, HVAC, HVAC-R, Equipment, Supplies, & Service (E&I)

This contract was the result of a competitive award based on E&I’s RFP #683324 for Building Automation, HVAC, HVAC-R Equipment, Supplies & Services.

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Car Rental Services (CICPC Award)

EAN Services, LLC and its network of subsidiaries, affiliates and licensees operating the Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental Brand rental car facilities is a supplier of car rental of passenger motor vehicles. EAN was awarded the status of preferred vendor (one of several suppliers recognized for car rental) based upon a RFP process, selection by the RFP team, and approval by the CIC Purchasing Directors.

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Carpet and Related Services (E&I)

For more than 44 years, Tandus-Centiva has provided educational institutions with superior flooring products and services. E&I Cooperative solicited an RFP for Carpet and Related Services and Tandus-Centiva met the requirements with impressive technical scores and considerable cost savings.

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Carpet Tile & Broadloom

This award is for the supply and installation of carpet, tile & broadloom. It was solicited to obtain a supplier to assist in establishing the most cost effective and efficient procurement program for carpet and installation services while maintaining high standards of quality, service, and environmental integrity. 

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Classroom Furniture

The requirement of this solicitation was to provide access to durable economy, moderate and high end classroom furniture, conforming to the highest standards, free of defects that may affect the integrity, durability, serviceability or appearance of the product.

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Cloud Computing Services

Broker for cloud computing services to obtain access to multiple providers' and different types of cloud computing services. Services covered under this award will be:

  • Infrastructure as a service
  • Platform as a service
  • Software as a service
  • An interface to manage and allocate services utilized by participating Universities.
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Cloud Storage & Productivity Solutions (E&I Award)

CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) has partnered with top cloud providers to offer E&I members online data storage, file sharing and related productivity services. CDW-G streamlines the complexities of cloud solutions making it simpler to make the right choice based on members’ institutional needs. A dedicated Cloud Team provides value-added consulting and ongoing support and is 100% focused on recommending, architecting, and deploying these solutions.

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Collection Agency Services

The purpose of this RFP to provide collection agency services on an as needed basis. A list of preferred respondents was established to ensure that IPHEC has experienced firms to provide collection agency services for the area of expertise of each awardee. 

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Commercial Card Services

This award was solicited to provide Commercial Card Services to participating universities. 

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Commercial Kitchen Equipment and Related Supplies (E&I)

E&I solicited an RFP for Commercial Kitchen Equipment and Related Supplies and the evaulation committee determined Trimark offered very competitive pricing and a wide variety of equipment.

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Computer Peripherals

This agreement is designed to offer flexibility in product selection from a number of manufacturers of computer componenets, peripherals and accessories, as well as competitive pricing, and premier service with a wide range of products and product support.

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Computing Hardware and Related Services (MHEC)

MHEC’s computer hardware and related services contracts are the result of a competitive RFP process. Typically, hardware vendors provide special "bundle" pricing on configurations. These prices are 20-35% lower than their discounted educational or commercial pricing, and when combined with volume discounts can provide very cost effective purchases for your institution. Several of these contracts also allow purchases by faculty, staff, and students. This can provide an excellent way to economize as well as get equipment that is directly compatible with what you have at work.

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Digital Imaging (E&I Award)

A dual award was recommended to both Canon U.S.A. Inc. and Xerox Corporation for an extensive selection of digital imaging solutions at very competitive prices. The award will reduce cost while making improvements that can be seen and measured.

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Educational Software, Media and Peripherals (NIPA)

Instructure makes software that makes smarter people. It all started with Canvas in 2011 and the goal to make teaching and learning a lot easier. In 2015, we launched Bridge, which aims to change the way you (and, more importantly, your employees) think about employee engagement and corporate training. Today, more than 3,000 universities, school districts and institutions around the world use (and love) our products.

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Electrical Supplies

This award was solicited to provide access to multiple electrical supplies, from an extended base of manufacturers, in order to provide a wide range of products at the lowest total cost.

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Elevators, Escalators, Moving Walkways, Maintenance, & Service (E&I Award)

A single awardee was awarded due to the most competitive services and price made available through their response. Schindler is able to provide the most advantageous services over a large geographical region.

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Employee Benefits

The federal Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) imposed new mandates on employers to offer health insurance affordable to their full-time employees or be subject to significant penalties – this is known as the employer mandate.  The employer mandates applies to employees who work 30 or more hours per week.  

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Equipment Maintenance and Management Services (E&I Award)

Specialty Underwriters LLC is a leading provider of equipment maintenance management programs and equipment maintenance risk transfer.

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Equipment Rental (E&I Award)

The RFP Team recommended making multiple award to both Sunbelt and United Rentals. Based on the RFP criteria and both of their offerings provided for considerable cost savings in terms of Equipment/tool rental, leasing purchase and other products & services.

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Facilities Solutions Rental/Service of Uniforms (U.S. Communities)

Cintas is America’s leader in the service industry. With over 900,000 customers and locations throughout North America, nearly 5 million people go to work in a Cintas uniform each day. Cintas combines this industry expertise with our local presence to help you maximize resources and improve the efficiency of your business.

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Fixed Seating & Telescopic Platforms (E&I)

E&I’s competitively awarded Iriwn Seating Company contract brings members the world leading manufacturer of public seating. From new chairs to restored originals, Irwin Seating applies the fundamental principles of durability, style, and comfort to every product.

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Food and Food Service Products (2017)

Food and food service related products in support of IPHEC member Universities food service operations.

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Gases, Welding Supplies & Support Services (E&I Award)

This award is for Industrial & Lab Gases, Welding Supplies with Associated Products & Support Services provided by AirGas. They offer industrial, medical, specialty and rare gas products, cryogenic liquids and freezers and gas handling equipment with attractive economies of scale because of the purchasing power of their national network. They have proven delivery systems for every application and location.

Industrial safety and other gas related products as also apart of AirGas' product range.

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Indoor-Outdoor Athletic Surfacing with Related Equipment Products, Supplies, Installation & Services (Sourcewell)

NJPA, now Sourcewell, solicted an RFP for Indoor-Outdoor Athletic Surfacing with Related Equipment Products, Supplies, Installation & Services and awarded multiple vendors based on their specialties.

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Janitorial Supplies

This award was solicited to source janitorial products and the greatest array of value-added services. Other MRO items may be included or excluded if requested by a participating university. 

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Lab Supplies

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has extended their previous award to allow additional time to complete a new solicitation for lab supplies. To provide coverage while the new solicitation is being completed, this one-year extension was made. The extension was under the same terms, conditions and pricing as the previously awarded renewal term. The only change being made is an extension of the term. The previous request to access this consortia award was published under Bulletin reference number 1AHB1605.

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Laboratory Centrifuges and Related Products, Supplies, Services, and Maintenance (E&I)

The RFP was solicited with the purpose of enhancing the efficiency and productivity of campus researchers by providing centrifuges and rotors, capillary electrophoresis systems, protein purification systems, DNA synthesizers and sequencers, biorobotics workstations, flow cytometry systems, high-performance liquid chromatographs, scintillation systems, spectrophotometers and laboratory automation systems.

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Lecture Capture Equipment (E&I Award)

This E&I award is for Lecture Capture Equipment, Software & Services.

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Library Furnishings, Installation and Related Services (E&I Award)

AGATI provides furniture solutions for public spaces from universities and public libraries, to airports and community centers.

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Licensed Insurance Brokerage Services

Northeastern Illinois University, as Contract Administrator, on behalf of the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (“IPHEC”), requested proposals from licensed insurance brokerage firms that are qualified and have the capacity to handle the placement and servicing of insurance policies that transfer the financial risk of loss from IPHEC member universities to commercial insurers.

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Life Science Catalog Products

This award is designed to offer flexibility in product selection as well as competitive pricing and premier service. Life science products include, but may not be limited to products related to/used for: Molecular Biology, Cell & Tissue Culture, Drug Discovery, Bio-Production, Bio-Informatics, Bio-Chemistry, Medical Diagnostics/Imaging/Monitoring Equipment, Clinical Research, Chemicals/Reagents/Assays, Life Science Related services & equipment in catalog offerings. 

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Mailing & Postage Equipment w/Related Software, Services, and Supplies (NJPA)

NJPA solicited an RFP for Mailing and Postage Equipment with Related Software, Accessories, Services, and Supplies. 

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Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) (E&I Award)

This award was solicited in collaboration with E&I. This award is for MRO Equipment, Supplies & Services including all products offered through the vendor's catalog as well as a comprehensive list of services including free inventory management and safety consulting.  

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Maintenance, Repair, Operating Supplies, Industrial Supplies, & Related Products (U.S. Communities)

U.S. Communities solcited this RFP to provide a comperehnsive offering of products and services for Maintenance, Repair, Operating Supplies, Industrial Supplies, & Related Products.

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Mattresses

This award was solicited with the intention to receive bids for mattresses, which meet the flammability and burn test requirements. This award is an umbrella contract by which each participating University would issue and administer their own official purchase order and directly with the awarded vendor. 

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Mattresses, Bedding Covers, Related Linens and Service Solutions (E&I Award)

A family-owned company since 1865, American Education Supply offers the broadest product selection in the industry with more than 50,000 items.

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Medical Surgical Products & Equipment- Medline (E&I Award)

Medline provides Medical Surgical Products and Equipment, applicable services and solutions.

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Microcomputer Systems, Products & Services

Business and personal computer equipment, including desktop/workstation, laptop, tablets, notebooks, all-in-one PC's and baseline servers as well as specified peripherals and software that address the requirements of equipment purchases.

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Microcomputers (Lenovo)

The purpose of this Bid is to establish an agreement for the purchase of microcomputer systems, supporting products and services.Along with offering value added services such as electronic access to products, warranties, warranty services, electronic order placement, electronic funds transfer (EFT), and have extensive reporting functionality.

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Microscopes and Optical Accessories

This award established an agreement which provides a variety of microscopes and optical accessories at the lowest possible cost and the greatest array of value-added services.

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Mobile/Portable Event Furniture (E&I Award)

E&I solicited RFP 683325 for Mobile/Portable Event Furniture. Mity-Lite won the solicitation, and has been providing affordably priced, durable portable event furniture for over 30 years. They’ve set the industry standard for well-designed banquet, meeting, event, and dining furnishings, and continue to create innovative furniture that can be found in hotels, convention centers, and educational venues around the world.

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Networking Equipment and Service

The purpose of this RFP  is to establish an agreement to provide networking equipment and services.In order to provide equipment and services compatible with IPHEC's current infrastructure, an award for each manufacturer that comprises of components of of the member universities' current infrastructure.

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Networking Equipment and Service (HP & F5)

The purpose of this RFP is to establish an agreement to provide networking equipment and services. IPHEC member institutions currently have network infrastructure provided by HP & F5 manufacturers.

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Networking, Hardware, and Services (MHEC)

MHEC’s data networking hardware and related services contracts are the result of a competitive RFP process. These prices are 20-45% lower than their discounted educational or commercial pricing, and when combined with volume discounts can provide very cost effective purchases for your institution.

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New & Used Textbooks

New & Used Textbooks - Open access to all titles, editions & products carried in a vendor's catalog(s) which are of the highest quality, at a competitive cost, with reliable service, on-time delivery, and on an "as-needed" basis.

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Office Furniture

The requirement of this solicitation was to provide access to economy, moderate and high end furniture in wood, laminate and metal, accessories to office furniture, and services (i.e. installations, set-up design, product management, etc.

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Office Furniture (E&I)

As the world’s leading manufacturer of office furniture, Steelcase has been providing members with innovative solutions since the Cooperative’s inception in 1934.

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Office Supplies

This award was solicited to obtain a supplier for office products (including consumables and equipment). The agreement is designed to offer the IPHEC members flexibility in product selection as well as competition pricing and premier service. 

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Paint

This award was solicited to source paint. Prices may be increased or decreased at the end of each six-month period by the percentage of increase or decrease shown by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Producer Prices & Price Index, Paint Materials, Table 6 Code #0622.

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Paint, Coatings and Related Supplies (E&I Award)

PPG Paints is a brand of PPG Industries, the worlds largest coatings company.

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Plumbing Equipment Supplies & Services (E&I Award)

Cost effective supply of over 1,200 plumbing supplies as well as other services available to Ferguson customers including e-solutions and support as well as inventory management and more.

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Postage Meters (E&I Award)

Supply and service of postage meters and related mailing equipment, software, services accessories and supplies.

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Programs of Insurance (MHEC)

MHEC has adopted a procurement policy that requires MHEC contracts to be awarded on the basis of a competitive RFP process. MHEC followed this competitive RFP process prior to awarding the bid and entering into an agreement with Marsh to provide program administrative services for the Master Property Program.

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Promotional (Advertising and Marketing Products)

Open catalog of advertising and marketing items (or products) that can be imprinted.

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Renewable, Sustainable Furniture (E&I)

After a competitive RFP solicitation, E&I made a multi-award to Sauder Education and Transformations for Renewable, Sustainable Furniture.

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Residence Life/Student Apartment Furnishings (E&I Award)

E&I completed a RFP process to establish the most cost advantageous award for Resident Life and Student Apartment Furnishings as well as removal and installation of those products.

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Retirement Plan Monitoring/Consulting Services

The Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC) universities each offer their own non- ERISA voluntary, supplemental 403(b) retirement plan. To ensure compliance and follow industry best practices, IPHEC seeks a vendor to perform annual monitoring services, evaluation, and recommendations for investment vendors and investment option offerings in accordance with the minimum criteria set forth in Section 5.3. This will assist in keeping with best practices, continued quality investment vendors, appropriate fund lineups, and reasonable fees for plan participants.

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Scoreboards and Electronic Signs, & Installation (National IPA)

Daktronics is a world leader in scoring, video and audio for every sport. From concept to installation, and service to keep your system running for all the important moments, Daktronics has you covered. Daktronics designs and manufactures in the USA.

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Search Firm Services

The purpose of this RFP was to provide executive search firm services and related services for the four categories as follows: A) Administrative/Business/Executive, B) Academic/Research, C) Hospital/Medical.

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Small Package Transportation Services

The purpose of this RFP was to establish a supplier for small package delivery and transportation services for air (domestic and international) and domestic ground. The supplier was expected to furnish Air/Express Package Delivery Service, Ground Package Delivery Service and/or International Package Delivery Services.

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Smart Waste

Trash and recycling containers to more efficiently use fiscal and human resources for the collection of trash and recyclable material across the campus' exteriors.

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Software & Software Related Services

IPHEC solicited a RFP to provide Software and Software Related Services to the universities.

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Software and Related Products and Services (NIPA)

Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted Government IT solutions provider. Founded in 2004 and based in Reston, Virginia, the company works with a robust and growing ecosystem of reseller partners, system integrators, and manufacturers to proactively market, sell, and distribute emerging and leading IT solutions to government markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as education, healthcare, and commercial markets.

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Study Abroad & International Travel Insurance Services

This request for proposal is to provide student/faculty/staff health, emergency medical evacuation/repatriation, and political/natural disaster evacuation insurance services. In addition, provide international student and scholar health and emergency medical evacuation/repatriation insurance services (while in the United Stated) in order to meet US government requirements for J1, F1 and other visas.

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Telecommunications, Wireless, and/or Related Equipment and Services (Sourcewell, formerly NJPA)

The National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA), on behalf of NJPA (now Sourcewell), and its current and potential Member agencies to include all Government, Higher Education, K12 Education, Non-Profit, Tribal Government, and all other Public Agencies located nationally in all fifty states, Cananda, and internationally, issued and RFP, which resulted in a national contract solution for the procurement of TELECOMMUNICATIONS, WIRELESS, AND/OR RELATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES with Mitel Business Systems.

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Textbook Sole Source

State institutions of Higher Education required the purchase of new edition textbooks that coincide with learning objectives developed by university departments and their professors. These sole sources are for an indefinite quantity based upon the actual university need. There are 48 individual sole sources posted for new edition textbooks.

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Textbooks - Library Material Purchase

State Institutions of Higher Education require the purchase of learning, teaching and research related subscriptions, periodicals, archival and related items that coincide with objectives developed by university departments and their professors. There are 44 individual sole sources posted for Library Material Purchases.

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Travel Management Services (Online Booking Tool)

The purpose of this RFP was to provide an online travel booking tool and related services.

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Treasury Consulting Services

The purpose of this RFP to provide treasury consulting services on an “as needed” basis. The categories requiring consulting services include treasury operations administration, agricultural property services, capital financing, cash management, identification card (faculty/student/staff) credit/debit card processing services (merchant card services), risk management, investments services and tax services.

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Turf Surfaces (E&I Award)

Throughout the last decade, FieldTurf's engineered, infilled artificial turf systems became the first to host two Super Bowls, the World Series, the World Baseball Classic, a Major League Soccer Cup final and College Bowl games from coast to coast. Today, FieldTurf continues to thrive as the global market leader in synthetic sports fields with more than 7,000 fields installed. Cities and schools have been benefiting from our ability to provide the very best value for the short and long term, allowing organizations at all levels to be able to forecast the amount of money they will save by installing FieldTurf, the safe, long lasting and high performing artificial turf system.

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Vaccines, Antibiotics, OTC & Pharma Products - Medline (E&I Award)

Medline provides Vaccines, Antibotics, Over-the-Counter, and Other Pharmaceuticals Products, & applicable services.

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Vehicle Rentals and Related Services (E&I)

E&I solicited an RFP for Vehicle Rentals and Services and awarded to EAN Services, LLC and its network of subsidiaries, affiliates, and licensees operating the Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental Brand.

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Visual Display, Training Aid Products, & Supplies (E&I Award)

Claridge is the largest woman owned U.S. manufacturer of glass and porcelain writing surfaces. They deliver "best in class" product solutions, including: markerboards & marker walls, mobile boards, space creators, tackboards & tack walls, vertical & horizontal sliders, display cases and a wide array of accessories.

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Workforce Management Systems (U.S. Communities)

U.S. Communities solicited an RFP for Workforce Management System including Time, Attendance, Leave, Scheduling, Payroll Solutions and Related Products, Services and Systems. The evaluation team awarded Kronos due to their universal high scores across categories.

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