NAPM InfoEdge
December 1996, Vol. 2 No. 4

Understanding the Differences in Group Purchasing Members Only Content

Group purchasing is not new — the first purchasing cooperative in the United States was formed in 1890. Since then, organizations have joined together to combine purchase volume, and then leverage that volume with suppliers in the negotiation of improved prices and better contract terms and conditions. Until recently, most group purchasing efforts were made through cooperatives (or co-ops) primarily composed of government-owned, non-profit, or agriculturally oriented organizations, such as farmers coming together to purchase feed or schools to purchase textbooks.

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