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Cooperatives and Contract Pricing

A number of state and privately sponsored buying cooperatives offer special pricing. Purchasing from a cooperative or taking advantage of a state contract may exempt the purchase from bidding requirements.

Effective 10/1/2020, utilization of an approved cooperative agreement shall satisfy the requirement for competitive pricing except for procurements $25,000 and above. For procurements in this category, pricing must be supported by price offers from two additional contractors who have awarded contracts through an approved cooperative unless the contracts are through State of Texas agencies such as the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) or through the State of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office such as SmartBuy of TxMAS.


Amerinet - Cooperative formed for the healthcare industry. Offer anything that hospitals use (pharmaceuticals, staffing, interpreters, moving, medical, surgical, scientific, etc.) No bidding required.

BuyBoard - Cooperative Purchasing Agreement for a wide range of products and services. No bidding required. A username and/or password is required. Email Ask Purchasing Form to request a login.

Choice Partners - Choice Partners specializes in: Construction: Job Order Contracting, Energy Conservation and Management, Disaster Restoration and Recovery, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FFE), Building Infrastructure and Building Exterior and Grounds. No bidding required.

Educational and Institutional Cooperative Service - Educational and Institutional Cooperative Service - a co-op buying group for higher education covering a wide range of products and services. No bidding required.

First Choice Cooperative - Member owned cooperative that has over 600 supply and equipment agreements for healthcare providers. No bidding required.

Houston-Galveston Area Council - The buying coop offers competitive pricing for vehicles, communications equipment and services, grounds facilities & parks equipment, public works equipment, emergency equipment & supplies, consulting leasing & staffing services and energy purchasing. No bidding required.

National IPA - National IPA - a nationwide co-op for public agencies. No minimum volume requirements. No bidding required.

National Joint Powers Alliance - NJPA is a public agency serving as a national purchasing cooperative satisfying your bidding requirements with 170+ competitively awarded contracts & 50,000 member agencies. No cost, no obligation membership. Technology, MRO, Facilities, Scientific/Laboratory, Construction, Heavy Equipment, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Appliances, Electronics, Logistics and MORE!

PEPPM National Contract Program - Audio-Visual Products, General Hardware and Software, Refurbished Computers Systems and Parts, Laser Toner and Ink Cartridges, and End of Life Computer Systems and Parts.

Provista - Scientific, medical, food service, and janitorial supplies. No bidding required.

Tarrant County Cooperative - Link to Tarrant County Cooperative purchasing information page.

Texas Department of Information Resources - Department of Information Resources, source for state negotiated contracts for technology solutions. No bidding, HUB forms, or contract review required.

Texas Interlocal Purchasing System - Texas Interlocal Purchasing System - a statewide co-op for use government entities. No bidding required.

The Cooperative Purchasing Network - Texas Interlocal Purchasing System - a statewide co-op for use government entities. No bidding required.

TIBH - TIBH Industries provides employment for Texans with blindness and other disabilities. They sell office supplies and other products at a deep discount. No bidding required.

TPASS/State Term Contracts - Term contracts that have been awarded by the State. Purchasing under a state contract exempts the bidding requirements. No bidding, HUB forms, or contract review are required.

TXMAS - Texas Multiple Award Schedule mirrors federal GSA contracts that have been competitively awarded. No bidding required.

U.S. Communities - National Purchasing Cooperative - U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is a government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. Communities provides world class procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education, and nonprofits. Our participants have access to a broad line of competitively solicited contracts with best in class national suppliers. Suppliers include facilities, office & school supplies, specialty items, and technology. Also offered are cloud computing solutions, IT, outdoor recreation, safety and solar solutions.

University of Texas System Supply Chain Alliance - The University of Texas System Supply Chain Alliance was created to expand the use of joint purchasing and explore new opportunities to leverage the collective size and strength of the UT System institutions through cooperative purchasing.

UNT System Negotiated Contracts

Computer Peripherals

This contract will allow for the purchase of computer peripheral products, including server blades and racks, third-party software and software licenses, accessories, warranty products and related services. Distribution will be direct from SHI Government Solutions as an authorized reseller. 100% HUB credit for your purchases.

Copiers/Multi-Function Devices

Preferred supplier agreement that provides up to 50% savings on the lease of multi-function devices. Competitively awarded through the University of Texas System Supply Chain Alliance for use by State of Texas universities.

Executive Search Services

Preferred supplier agreement for executive positions. Contact System HR – Talent Acquisition for assistance with any hiring needs.

Janitorial Supplies/Paper Products

Towels, tissue, restroom maintenance supplies, floor care supplies & equipment, cleaners, trash receptacles, containers, gloves, floor equipment repair, packing materials, etc.

Shipping and Freight

Online shipping service for the UNT System is eShipGlobal. Using eShipGlobal as your source for all shipments, domestic, and international, will ensure you receive the best discounted pricing available from FedEx, UPS, Lone Star Overnight and DHL (international shipping only), while obtaining 100% HUB credit for your purchases.

Temporary Staffing

TIBH must be considered as your first choice for the best overall value provided for UNT System purchasing dollars. TIBH is the central non-profit agency that links community rehabilitation centers and the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities in support of the Texas State Use Program.

If your specific staffing needs cannot be met by TIBH, refer to Alternative Staffing Resources.

Uniform and Linen Service

The renegotiated contract for uniform and linen service with Aramark will save an average of 20% System-wide and monthly billing. Delivery tickets no longer need to be forwarded to Payment Services, as payment will be made from monthly statement.