What used to be known as the Synod’s “National Contract Program” is now its “Group Purchasing Agreement,” or “GPA.”
“But it’s more than a name change,” says Mike Magee, purchasing manager at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. “We will have more new contracts than ever before, and we can all take advantage of the great benefits.”
GPA offers substantial discounts on equipment, supplies, and services to LCMS congregations, schools, and affiliated groups “by combining the buying power of 8,000 organizations,” Magee explained, adding that his office aims to increase awareness of the Synod purchasing program now in its 15th year.
“Office Depot, Verizon Business, a supplier of digital printers and copiers, and a background-checking service are just a few examples of GPA’s participating vendors,” said Magee, adding that plans are under way to add playground equipment, pipe organs, and fire extinguishers to the program this year.
Although GPA vendors, products, and services are available primarily to LCMS-related organizations, moving-company discounts are offered to all members of LCMS congregations.
“I suspect that this is a little-known benefit,” Magee said.
“The GPA program focuses on competitive price as well as service,” said Magee. “The Synod deserves both, and we have cultivated great relationships with vendors who can offer this to our entities, resulting in maximum value for all.
“Of course,” he added, “participation makes the program even more successful, because the contracts depend on the volume of business generated through GPA. Everyone profits from strength in numbers.”
For more information about GPA, go to www.lcms.org/gpa or contact Magee at email@example.com; or call (800) 248-1930, Ext. 2300. Magee said that he would especially like to hear from those who have a need not currently met through GPA, but that can be supported nationally.
“GPA actively seeks new contracts and is always looking to grow,” he said.
Posted June 1, 2007