AV systems have become an increasingly important teaching tool. It’s easy to see why given the younger generations proclivity to technology. The problem for most educational organizations is being able to fit those AV solutions into the budget. Underscoring its commitment to make its product portfolio available to the widest possible audience, ClearOne is now participating in the PEPPM technology cooperative purchasing program administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).
Since its inception in 1982, PEPPM has been the bid of choice having exceeded $1.8 billion in sales while providing over $500 million in savings.
PEPPM is a cooperative purchasing program for users to competitively bid on technology products available for schools, libraries, colleges and universities, local and state government agencies, municipal authorities and other non-profit organizations.
PEPPM has contract awards on more than 1 million items such as computers, copiers, furniture, peripherals, software, audio-visual, network equipment, communication products and more.
PEPPM advertises and conducts sealed competitive bids – satisfying legal bid requirements – so there is no need for local quotes or bids.
“Participation in the PEPPM cooperative purchasing program will help schools and districts all across the country to receive the very best possible pricing on the industry’s best line of pro audio, conferencing and collaboration solutions,” says ClearOne chair and CEO Zee Hakimoglu. “Learning institutions of every size and type are increasingly AV-centric in the way they deliver content and our involvement with this program is going to make it easier than ever for these institutions to leverage the unique performance benefits our products deliver.”
According to Hakimoglu, buyers appreciate PEPPM because it saves them time and money. PEPPM aggregates demand across thousands of buyers, resulting in better pricing than sole-bid efforts can provide, and there is no maximum spend limitation. PEPPM is available across the country. While the program began—and operated solely for many years—in Pennsylvania, buyers from other states can take advantage of the program.