What is Vantage Purchasing Partners?

Vantage Purchasing Partners (VPP) is a leader in group purchasing providing savings to a broad spectrum of organizations. These include healthcare, behavioral health, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities, food management, universities and K-12 schools among others.

VPP offers access to Premier, the number one group purchasing organization in the U.S. Premier’s comprehensive portfolio offers savings up to 20 percent on the products and services you are buying today. Premier has provided its members with more than $1.5 billion dollars in savings to date.

As a part of a large Regional Aggregation Group that represents @ $2 billion in annual spend, VPP offers your organization access to pricing competitive with some of the largest organizations in the country. All while maintaining local choice.

At VPP, our goal is simple. Improve your bottom line by offering competitive pricing through our alliances and networks that work together to leverage their strength in the marketplace.

Benefits of VPP

  • Excellent Customer Service to assist your organization with maximizing their savings through VPP and Premier
  • Assistance with Employee Purchasing Programs that save your employees money
  • Access to a comprehensive portfolio with nationally and locally negotiated contracts
  • Regional Volume Aggregation making your VPP pricing competitive with some of the largest organizations in the country while offering local choice
  • Keeping your organization informed of contract updates, special group and express buys
  • On line catalog and comprehensive spend analytic tools
  • Electronic sourcing and contract activation
  • Name recognition with the supplier community

VPP Saves Your Organization Money!

FAQ's

What is a GPO?

A group purchasing organization (or GPO) is an entity that is created to leverage the purchasing power of a group of businesses to obtain discounts from vendors based on the collective buying power of the GPO members.

What services does VPP provide?

  • Excellent Customer Service to assist your organization with maximizing their savings through VPP and Premier
  • Access to a comprehensive portfolio with nationally and locally negotiated contracts
  • As a part of a large Regional Aggregation Group that represents @ $2 billion in annual spend, VPP offers your organization access to pricing competitive with some of the largest organizations in the country. All while maintaining local choice.
  • Assisting your organization with account set ups and access to distribution agreements
  • Keeping your organization informed of contract updates, special group and express buys
  • On line catalogue and comprehensive spend analytic tools
  • Electronic sourcing and contract activation
  • Name recognition with the supplier community
  • What is the cost to become a VPP/Premier member?
  • There are no costs or fees to become a member of VPP/Premier.

Is there a required commitment?

  • Commitment to purchase is a choice made by the facility based on need and value
  • VPP/Premier’s contracts provide flexibility while rewarding commitment
  • Maximum participation in VPP/Premier’s portfolio allows for maximum benefits
  • Members commit to keeping VPP/Premier’s pricing confidential and must not leverage VPP/Premier’s pricing in the marketplace

How are the contracts negotiated nationally?

Premier takes its’ buying power of over 90,000 members and $43 billion in purchasing power directly to the manufacturers. The process is as follows:

  • Identify category for contracting
  • Premier web site is open for suppliers to register to compete for upcoming contracts
  • Request For Information sent to suppliers
  • Designated committee from Premier members reviews and identifies suppliers eligible to receive a RFP
  • Product samplings and/or evaluations performed by committee members
  • Premier contracting team negotiates with manufacturers
  • Financial proposals evaluated
  • Committee review and vote
  • Contracts signed & communicated to members

What drives your organization’s pricing?

  • Aligning category spend with VPP to maximize tier requirements
  • Utilizing local negotiation tiers of VPP
  • Utilizing regional contracts through VPP

What are the advantages to the program?

  • National program with local flexibility
  • Access to comprehensive portfolio of products/services
  • Immediate savings via deviated pricing and manufacturer rebates
  • Greater control and predictability of costs
  • Combining your purchasing power with other VPP/Premier members to drive savings
  • Facilities and Support Services programs available
  • Technology
  • Commitment to industry knowledge sharing
  • No membership fees
  • No processing fees

Becoming A Member

How does your organization become a member? Joining Vantage Purchasing Partners and Premier
is as easy as completing a membership application. There are no fees to become a member.

Membership through Vantage Purchasing Partners (VPP) and Premier provides you access to a
comprehensive and diverse group purchasing program. Our portfolio includes hundreds
of national contracts as well as regionally negotiated contracts. Through VPP you will have access to
best tier pricing due to our aggregated spend volume. What this means for your organization is
additional savings that will help your bottom line.

Contact Us:

Anne Poux, Director of Vantage® Purchasing Partners
One LECOM Place
Erie, PA 16505
Cell: (814) 397-5385
Phone: (814) 455-6124
Fax: (814) 459-0759
Email: annep@vhcn.com