Wilkes-Barre, PA — December 14, 2016 — The Color Junction design and print store announced today that it has received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of General Services for the Cooperative Sourcing to Achieve Reduction in Spend (COSTARS) program.
COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program and serves as a conduit through which registered and eligible local public procurement units (LPPUs) and state-affiliated entities (Members) are able to leverage contracts established by DGS to cost effectively and efficiently identify suppliers with whom to do business. The goals of this program are:
•To encourage, expand and facilitate the opportunities for Members to achieve procurement savings and best value through an interactive partnership with the Commonwealth.
•To provide increased opportunities for Suppliers of any size to participate and compete for Members’ business.
•To provide contracts with competitive pricing.
The Commonwealth Procurement Code provides the statutory authority for Member entities to engage in cooperative purchasing with the Commonwealth. The Procurement Code authorizes DGS to enter into cooperative purchasing contracts solely for the use of its Members. DGS requires eligible LPPUs and state-affiliated entities to register as COSTARS members, and only those organizations registered with DGS may purchase from contract.
COSTARS suppliers have the opportunity to work with several thousand COSTARS members taking advantage of existing Commonwealth contracts.
The Color Junction, as an approved supplier, can now provide printing and design services to the over 8000 COSTARS members in Pennsylvania. Susan Wampole, president of The Color Junction, said “We’re proud to be selected as one of the companies to qualify as a registered supplier to COSTARS members throughout the Commonwealth of PA. It’s an opportunity for our company to expand our services to local government and nonprofit agencies.”