NASPO ValuePoint eMarket Center


NASPO ValuePoint eMarket Center

The NASPO ValuePoint eMarket Center is an FREE online shopping tool that provides all NASPO members and their eligible entities with a user friendly e-commerce solution for accessing and purchasing from their entity specific NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Contracts. For example Utah’s Participating Addendum may restrict office supplies to only pencils and pens, where-as Nevada’s Participating Addendum may allow all office supplies. A school district in Utah would only see the pencils and pens allowed and a school district in Nevada would see all office supplies.

Benefits of the eMarket Center

The eMarket Center provides an online shopping environment that allows buyers to added items from muliple awarded contractors catalogs into one shopping cart, and then checkout using either a pCard or a purchase order number (generated outside of the eMarket Center.)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I find contract pricing?
Use the search function via this link NASPO ValuePoint Website Homepage or navigate to the current contractor list. The contractor’s page may also include a price list under the Documents Section.
Can I shop online?
Yes.  There are two ways to shop contracts approved by your state procurement official online. 1.      The eMarket Center provides online ordering for enrolled states with NASPO ValuePoint contracts that have a participating addendum.  Click on “Shop the eMarket Center” to the right of the red banner on the top of the page. Then sign in and follow the prompts. First time users can create an account by clicking on the “Create a NASPO ValuePoint eMarket Center Account.”   2.      Most NASPO ValuePoint contractors have a contract ordering website with contract information specific to your state.   You can order directly from their site. Use this link http://www.naspovaluepoint.com/#/home/contracts to search by contractor name for their website. If you need help or to find out if your state is enrolled in the eMarket Center, contact the eMarket Center Help Desk at help@emarketcenter.org,  if you would like a phone call rather than an email response please provide your phone number and the Help Desk will call you back as soon as possible.
How does the Participating Addendum (PA) signature process work?
Participating Addendums are executed between the participating entity and the contractor. The Participating Addendum is a contractual document that binds the contractor and the participating entity to the terms and conditions of the master agreement. Participating entities have the flexibility of negotiating additional terms and conditions to meet the unique needs of their state. Negotiations of the Participating Addendum are between the participating entity and the contractor.   The Lead State or NASPO ValuePoint generally do not become involved these negotiations. Once a Participating Addendum is executed, a signed PDF copy must be sent to PA@NASPOValuePoint.org
How do I find out if my state/entity has signed a Participating Addendum?
Please use the search function for the state, entity or contractor in question. The search results will produce the Participating Addendums signed with that state, entity or contractor. NASPO ValuePoint Website Homepage
What is the Participating Addendum (PA)?
A Participating Addendum is a bilateral agreement executed by a contractor and a participating entity incorporating the terms and conditions included in the original solicitation and any other additional participating entity specific language or other requirements, e.g. ordering procedures, or other terms and conditions unique to the participating entity.
How do I volunteer for a sourcing team?
Contact your State Procurement Official if you are interested in participating on a sourcing team. The State Procurement Official will direct you to a member of the NASPO ValuePoint cooperative development team.
What is a sourcing team?
A sourcing team is comprised of individuals from the lead state and other interested states. The team is a multi-discipline team of both procurement and subject matter experts for the commodity or service being procured.
What is the Master Agreement?
The Master Agreement is the term used to refer to the contractual agreement executed between the winning contractor(s) and the Lead State that conducted the procurement on behalf of NASPO ValuePoint.
How are lead states determined?
The NASPO ValuePoint Management Board determines which state leads a particular cooperative procurement based on interest and capability.
How does ValuePoint®️ decide what to contract for?
All of ValuePoint®️ solicitations are determined based on the needs expressed by member states. Typically a state or a region of states will suggest an idea to the NASPO ValuePoint Management Board. The Management Board will then authorize a survey to be conducted to determine if the contract is needed by several states. If there is sufficient interest among the states, the Management Board will authorize the solicitation.
How do the administrative fees compare to other cooperative purchasing fees?
NASPO ValuePoint’s standard administrative fees are typically between -0- and 0.25%.  Because of the scale of NASPO ValuePoint cooperative procurements administrative fees are typically the lowest found of any cooperative procurement. According to a December 18, 2014 report by the State of Utah, Office of the Legislative Auditor General, “The administrative fees on WSCA-NASPO contracts are at least three times lower than those on contracts used by other cooperatives. The Legislative Auditor General wrote further, “A comparatively low administrative fee contributes to the low WSCA-NASPO contract prices”. . . “The overall fee rate when considering total contract sales and total fees collected was 0.14 percent for calendar year 2013.” Source: Report to the Utah Legislature Number 2014-11, “A Review of Allegations Concerning Utah’s Purchasing Interaction with WSCA-NASPO”, December 2014.
What is the fee to use a NASPO ValuePoint contract?
There are no fees to use NASPO ValuePoint contracts.  However, NASPO ValuePoint does collect an administrative fee from its contractors when they make a sale. These fees set by the NASPO ValuePoint Board help fund NASPO ValuePoint and National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) operations and reimburse approved costs of states participating in the cooperative procurement. The fee is collected by the contractor at the point of sale and remitted to NASPO ValuePoint. Source: Report to the Utah Legislature Number 2014-11, “A Review of Allegations Concerning Utah’s Purchasing Interaction with WSCA-NASPO”, December 2014.
What are the ValuePoint®️ membership fees?
ValuePoint®️ charges no membership fees. Contract administration fees are 3x lower than other public cooperatives and are paid for by the supplier community.es.
What is the NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization?
NASPO ValuePoint is a unified, nationally focused cooperative alliance aggregating the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the organized US territories, their political subdivisions and other eligible entities, spurring best, innovation and competition in the marketplace. The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states with the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers best value, reliable, competitively sourced contracts that offer public entities outstanding pricing.  Since 1993 WSCA-NASPO has been the cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO (the National Association of State Procurement Officials) encouraging, fostering and guiding the nation’s most significant public contract cooperative. The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization LLC, is a nonprofit, wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).
Why use a NASPO ValuePoint cooperative contract?
There are many benefits to ValuePoint™ cooperative contacting. Collectively, states are able to leverage their spending through a single solicitation that obtains best value pricing and superior contract terms. ValuePoint™ emphasizes best value from its contractors considering price, quality, reliability, warranties, and service while protecting states’ interests with favorable terms and conditions. Contractors also benefit considerably by avoiding the repetitive bid preparation expenses of bidding time and again on the same solicitations for different jurisdictions. Contractors also factor in greater volumes for multiple jurisdictions when determining their pricing. These savings are then passed along to contract users.

DISCLAIMER: The documents on the NASPO ValuePoint website are for informational/ convenience purposes only. Official documents are maintained by the lead state (or participating entity in the case of participating addenda). In the event of any conflict between the documents on this site and those maintained by the lead state or participating entity, the official documents maintained by the lead state or participating entity govern.

Please note that some documents may be absent or incorrect. Please send all feedback and suggestions for improvement to Kate Offerdahl at kofferdahl@NASPOValuePoint.org

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