Graybar again awarded U.S. Communities' telecom, security supplies contract

The distributor has been awarded its fourth contract to distribute telecommunications and security supplies and accessories to the participants of U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance.

Jan 8th, 2015
Graybar awarded 5-year U.S. Communities contract
Graybar awarded 5-year U.S. Communities contract

Graybar announced that it has been awarded a 3-year contract to distribute telecommunications and security supplies and accessories to the participants of U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. The award represents Graybar’s fourth term as the telecommunications and security supplies and accessories provider through the U.S. Communities cooperative purchasing program.

U.S. Communities is the national government purchasing cooperative that assists local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education, and nonprofits in reducing the cost of purchased goods through pooling the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. This is accomplished through competitively solicited contracts for quality products, services and solutions through lead public agencies. Contracts result in the annual procurement of more than $1.6 billion in products and services. Each month more than 600 new public agencies register to participate, notes Graybar.

Under the new contract, Graybar will continue to offer manufacturer discounts, strategic sourcing, eBusiness solutions, and volume incentives to the more than 90,000 state, local government, K-12, higher education, special districts and non-profit agencies eligible to use the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. By negotiating additional savings from its suppliers, Graybar expects to provide additional savings for U.S. Communities participants, while increasing the depth and breadth of products available through the program. Graybar also holds the electrical supplies and services contract for U.S. Communities.

According to a news release, Los Angeles County served as the federal government's lead agency for the appointment, and awarded Graybar the contract after carefully evaluating proposals from several other distributors.

“We are proud to continue our relationship with Los Angeles County and U.S. Communities,” commented Bill Mansfield, Graybar's senior vice president, sales and marketing. “In addition to providing overall savings to the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, Graybar also offers many value-added services during and after the product sale. We look forward to working to the advantage of U.S. Communities participants over the course of this contract.”

Fortune 500 corporation Graybar is among North America's top distributors of electrical, communications and data networking products, and also provides related supply chain management and logistics services. The company operates a network of more than 250 North American distribution facilities.

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