Many Master Contracts are negotiated by Simmons Purchasing & Procurement, Administrative Services and affiliated buying groups. Each contract is negotiated on behalf of Simmons or buying group by pooling buying power to obtain favorable pricing and contract terms.
Simmons College is a member of local, state and national buying groups such as Educational and Institutional Cooperative Services (E&I); The Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC); the Medical Academic Scientific Community Organization (MASCO) and Colleges of the Fenway (COF).
Our buying groups, listed below, have many vendors with a multitude of products available for purchase. We have included some of these contracts under the "Frequently Purchased Goods and Services" tab to assist you. If you would like more information or need assistance with a purchase, please contact Purchasing & Procurement for personalized service.
E&I Cooperative Services
Educational & Institutional Cooperative Service (E&I) is a not-for-profit buying cooperative established by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) to provide goods and services to members at the best possible value. The Cooperative is owned by its membership of more than 2,600 colleges, universities, K-12, hospitals, medical research institutions and hospital purchasing organization located throughout the United States.
E&I's mission is to exceed member expectations by providing high quality, cost-effective and timely solutions through a diverse portfolio of competitive contracts and value-added services. This will be accomplished by members, employees, suppliers and business associates working together in an ethical, efficient, professional and respectful manner.
The Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) is the premier source for regionalized New England group purchasing. At 430+ member institutions strong, they provide multi-vendor contracts that are the best in the industry in terms of cost avoidance, product and service depth, vendor quality, choice and terms; and by being an active catalyst for local and regional small business participation, including women and minority-owned companies. They support the success of members and vendors by engaging their input and providing consulting support, customized reporting, special events, education programs and communications forums that encourage a vibrant, interactive, regional marketplace and learning community.
The Medical Academic Scientific Community Organization (MASCO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing Boston's Longwood Medical and Academic area (LMA) for the benefit of those who live, work, study or receive care in the area.
MASCO and its family of organizations offer a wide range of services including area planning and development, parking and transportation, collaborative purchasing, a call center and child care.
Colleges of the Fenway
Colleges of the Fenway (COF) is a collaborative effort of six neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. This collaboration was created to add value to student academic and social life while seeking innovative methods of investing in new services and containing the costs of higher education. Collectively, the colleges represent more than 12,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16.2% of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 700 full-time faculty and 2,300 course offerings.