More and more districts and schools are empowering staff to participate in some sort of purchasing, and often that participation involves small to mid range buys (like supplies, classroom libraries, or one-off department needs.) As that happens, there is heightened need for professional development around purchasing. Educators should be tracking their comparison shopping in order to prove that they are being good stewards of their purchasing power. That means reaching out for quotes before making a purchase.
When packing boxes filled with pencils, notebooks (or even textbooks) appeared in the back of my classroom, I did not ask questions. Sometimes I did not need the products. Sometimes I did not use them.
Noodle Markets recently debuted our first K-12 Buying Spotlight, with a look at tech-powered school uniform roll out. We worked with epluno, the leading national school uniform e-commerce solution, to break down the stages of a search. Weigh in on future topics.
Starting a school can be thrilling, inspiring, fulfilling, and worthwhile–but I doubt it’s ever been easy. For charter school founders, in particular, there can be a steep learning curve when it comes to nailing down the operations of the school and the vast array of purchases needed to make the school run.