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Optimizing Your GPO to Reduce Procurement Risk

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration - Live Webinar Only: $199.00

Registration - Live Webinar Plus CD Recording: $268.00


Learn how joining a group purchasing membership can help reduce your procurement risk.

You will be exploring opportunities for cost savings, improved ideas for products and services, on-time delivery, and improved quality by considering group purchasing membership.

We will also be covering the pros and cons of GPOs, as well as their evolution and their role in procurement. You will gain an understanding how GPOs work and how to source providers.

This topic explores how to make the most of these organizations. Group purchasing organizations were created to help organizations such as yours to pool their purchasing power to secure significant discount on all supplies. Find out how they can help you.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to describe guidelines on how to make the post of GPO membership.
  • You will be able to identify a road map on sourcing GPOs in your industry.
  • You will be able to recognize how a GPO functions and benefits the buying organization.
  • You will be able to discuss a clear definition of what a group purchasing organization is.

This Live Webinar Covers These Hot Issues:

Group Purchasing Organization Role in Procurement

  • Co-Ops
  • Consortium
  • Purchasing Group
  • Collective
  • Coalition
  • Leveraged Procurement Group
  • Leverage of Combined Purchasing Power of Membership

Evolution of GPOs

  • Healthcare
  • Education


  • Cost Savings
  • Collaboration
  • Strategic Focus

Challenges of GPOs

  • Products
  • Services
  • Source Management


  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Vertical Market
  • Nonprofit
  • Industry

The Mechanics of GPO Management

  • GPO Perspective
  • Membership

Sourcing a GPO

  • Indirect Spend
  • Direct Spend

Steps in Making the Most of GPO Membership

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services)

  • CPE
  • ISM
  • AIPB

For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.

Instructor Profile:

Marilyn Gettinger, New Directions Consulting Group

  • Owner of New Directions Consulting Group
  • Developer and presenter of programs that educate participants on how to improve supply and logistics processes
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on Supply Chain Management including Logistics, Supply Management Logistics, Inventory Management, Importing and Exporting
  • Author of Supply Chain Management and Total Cost of Ownership
  • Member of APICS and Director of Education of the Institute for Supply Management-New Jersey Affiliate
  • Can be contacted at or 908-709-0656

(Not available outside the US)