Coalition for College Cost Savings Selects E&I as GPO Provider

February 4, 2014

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — The Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS) announced today that E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) has been exclusively awarded the contract to provide Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Services to CCCS members and their member institutions. The E&I agreement brings over 100 competitively bid contracts in key categories, including Facilities, Furniture/Furnishings, Technology and Scientific to CCCS members.  The agreement is effective immediately.

Harry Goldberg, CCCS President, commented on the award, “I know that we have chosen the right GPO provider for our members and their member institutions. Having served as a group purchasing provider to educational institutions since 1934, and with a current membership of more than 3,000, E&I is the best suited partner for CCCS. They understand the needs of private education institutions. We look forward to what we hope will be a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship.”

“CCCS and E&I share a dedication to collaboration among our respective memberships, and a true belief in the power of cooperative purchasing,” said Tom Fitzgerald, E&I CEO. “We are extremely proud to have been awarded this contract, and we look forward to providing increased savings opportunities to CCCS members and their member institutions.”

About E&I

E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) is the member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions and services to higher education and related institutions. E&I provides members with access to a diverse portfolio of competitively awarded contracts, electronic procurement platforms and consulting services to help them source effectively. By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 3,000 member institutions, E&I helps members reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies. The Cooperative’s member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). For more information, please visit:

About CCCS

The Coalition for College Cost Savings is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in 2006.  It was formed on the concept that collaboration among independent colleges and universities could yield greater strength in the purchasing marketplace, benefiting its member institutions, regardless of size, mission or location, with the lowest prices for purchased commodities and the highest value in performed services. CCCS serves as a central point of contact for the creation of these supplier relationships, program implementation planning and execution and a repository of best practice information on process efficiency. CCCS provides programs, materials and resources necessary to support the business operations needs of its 31 member organizations in 29 states and their 742 member institutions.

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