The National Alliance and Amazon Business hosted a webinar highlighting the benefits of digitally transforming your school's purchasing process. Below are some key ideas from the webinar. 

The 2020-2021 school year forced schools to innovative unlike any other year: from teaching in a virtual environment, developing in-person learning strategies to meet students' needs, and ensuring the health and safety of staff and students. 

Operations personnel execute the vision, as school leaders align on school strategy, and are tasked with ensuring safety, well-equipped with classroom and operational supplies, driving efficiencies while remaining within budget. That is no small feat. 

Amazon Business works with education customers to identify pain-points and create solutions within purchasing and procurement, such as:

  • Driving visibility around spend and identifying cost savings opportunities
  • Reducing time spent searching for items, requesting products to decision-makers, and waiting on the delivery.
  • Free up staff's time by automating ordering and reconciliation processes 

Amazon Business benefits your school by digitally transforming your school's purchasing process-- chief among them is enabling your faculty and staff to focus on teaching and mentoring students. Simplifying the purchasing processes empowers faculty and staff to make smart purchasing decisions, save time and money, and process remote supply requests quickly. 

Many schools are transforming purchasing with Amazon Business including Vincent Moorehead, Head of Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain at Success Academy Charter Schools: 

"The challenges of providing an exceptional K-12 education to 20,000 children in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods of New York City have been unprecedented. This month alone, we distributed tens of thousands of books, headphones, science, and art kits to ensure our kids' at-home learning experience was the best it could be. With Amazon Business, Success Academy has been able to simplify the purchasing process and improve efficiencies, while also identifying cost savings." 

We encourage you to watch the webinar and visit www.amazon.com/business to learn more.

Patricia Guidetti is the director of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.