School system receives needed safety supplies amid pandemic

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large public school system located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States was in desperate need of pandemic supplies to protect the well-being of its students, staff and of his parents. Serving more than 60,000 students ranging from pre-kindergarten to adult students, the school system was looking for highly sought-after safety supplies such as hand sanitizer, sanitizers, masks and gloves and solicited a request for proposal.

The challenge the public school system faced was the lack of receipt of physical samples or product data sheets prior to a purchase during their initial solicitation process. This created complications, with the school system unsure whether it was purchasing quality supplies at an appropriate price.

A local Network distributor, who had an existing relationship with the school system, helped them leverage the OMNIA Partners contract. The OMNIA Partners contract is a competitively solicited cooperative contract that established costs, including branded products for pandemic safety supplies. the Network The distributor was also able to provide the requested samples, data sheets and lead times for these highly sought after products. Because of their years of collaboration and the support of of the network organization, the distributor was able to provide firm timelines of when to expect delivery and what items would be delivered.

Thanks to the purchasing power of the OMNIA Partners contract, the school system was able to:

  • Securing the necessary supplies they needed in a timely manner
  • Receive quality products
  • Work with a reliable distributor with whom they had an existing relationship
  • Follow their current payment terms despite the pandemic

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Network Distribution® (Network) is a global distribution organization backed by the power of local expertise. We work with our customers to create and manage supply programs that ensure facilities have the products they need to drive business success.


OMNIA Partners is the largest and most experienced organization in procurement and supply chain management. Spanning both the private and public sectors, OMNIA Partners brings together cutting-edge buying power and world-class suppliers to deliver a broad portfolio of sourcing solutions and partnerships.

Presented by:

Jeremy S. McLain