Purchasing

Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs)

The University belongs to several group purchasing organizations that negotiate favorable contracts on behalf of their members. Utilizing participating vendors will usually result in cost savings. The cost savings can be significant so all purchasers should explore purchasing goods and services through these programs.

Please keep in mind the following:

Please contact the Business Manager with any questions you may have regarding any of the group purchasing organizations.


Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC)

MHEC is a nonprofit purchasing consortium established in 1977 to function as a buyer's consortium for the state's institutions of higher education. MHEC negotiates contractor with vendors on its members behalf. MHEC currently has contracts with over 500 vendors in the categories listed below. Contracts can be viewed at the MHEC website but you must register as a user. Alternatively, you can request contract details from the Business Manager. A list of vendors, and their annual business volume with Clark under the MHEC contract is available for download.

MHEC has negotiated agreements with vendors in the following categories:


Educational and Institutional Cooperative Purchasing (E & I)

Educational & Institutional Cooperative Service, Inc. is a not-for-profit buying cooperative established by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) to provide goods and services to members at the best possible value.

E & I has negotiated agreements with vendors in the following categories:

Download a full listing of the current E & I contracted vendors (PDF)

More information about E & I and participating vendors can be found at their website - www.eandi.org. To access contract details, please contact the Business Manager.


Colleges of Worcester Consortium (COWC) Joint Purchasing Group

The primary objective of the Consortium Purchasing Group is to establish group purchase agreements for the financial benefit of its members. Through cooperative relationships, the group enables members to make greater use of scarce or limited resources.

The smallest of the purchasing organizations Clark belongs to, the Consortium Purchasing Group primarily negotiates agreements with local vendors. A listing of current agreements is provided below. Please contact the Business Manager or the vendor for more information on specific pricing agreements.

Category Vendor
Paper Towel/Tissue Butler Dearden
Electric Lights Graybar Electric
Electric Lights Wesco Electric
Copier Paper W.B. Mason
Envelopes Mead Westvaco
Office Supplies W.B. Mason
Office Furniture W.B. Mason
Typewriter/Fax Service Typewriter Service
Pagers UCOM
Appliances Better Electric
Appliances Percy's
Polybags Butler Dearden
Ice Melt Products I.C.P.I.
Ice Melt Products W.B. Mason
Computer Technology Whalley Computer
Car/Van Rental Enterprise
Car/Van Rental Avis/Budget Group
Coffee Service Caravan Co.
Bottled Water Polar Beverages
Transportation Affordable Limo II (Town Car)
Transportation Worcester Airport Limousine (Airport Shuttle)