A purchasing consortium is defined as independent organizations that join together, either formally or informally, for the purpose of combining their individual requirements for purchased materials, services, and capital goods.
Their primary objective is to leverage more value-added pricing, services, and technology from their external suppliers than could be obtained if each firm purchased goods and services alone.
Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing (E & I)
National Joint Power Alliance (NJPA)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN)