Overview and Groups

About LVAIC Strategic Sourcing 

LVAIC seeks to identify strategic sourcing and procurement opportunities that meet the common needs of its members. LVAIC does not purchase any goods directly on behalf of the members, but rather, works in conjunction with members and suppliers to establish mutually beneficial agreements.

LVAIC works in cooperation with the member colleges to identify goods and services where it makes sense to purchase items collectively to leverage our purchasing power. This is accomplished by managing the successful relationships with our existing preferred suppliers, while exploring new suppliers that can provide improved value while lowering the overall cost of products and services at our colleges. By utilizing LVAIC-preferred supply agreements, members are assured of doing business with suppliers that offer competitive pricing, consistent service and excellent performance.

LVAIC collaboratively delivers greater buying power. Working in cooperation with a focused group of institutional purchasing directors, LVAIC provides member colleges greater cost savings and improved operational efficiencies. So much so, that LVAIC has been recognized by peer consortia as a national model for group purchasing and business services in higher education.

LVAIC regularly facilitates forums for sharing best practices, exploring new opportunities, and group training sessions. Its new and existing programs account for approximately $30 million annually in joint purchasing through shared contracts.

Since 2001, more than $37 million in cost-avoidance savings can be attributed to LVAIC contracts. Over the past decade, collaborative spending has increased significantly.  The current portfolio includes approximately 40 active agreements, and the estimated impact upon the economic vitality of the Lehigh Valley is more than $900 million. 

Member Colleges
LVAIC currently has 6 primary members and 6 associate members.

Primary:  Cedar Crest College; DeSales University; Lafayette College; Lehigh University; Moravian College; Muhlenberg College

Associate: Albright College; Alvernia University; Lehigh Carbon Community College; Neumann University; Northampton Community College; Reading Area Community College

Code of Ethics
LVAIC endorses the principles identified in the National Association of Educational Procurement’s (NAEP) Code of Ethics. ( www.naepnet.org )

Contacting Us
Email is the preferred method of contacting us. It is the most efficient way to make appointments and provide information about the supplier's operations. Please consult the Guide to Doing Business with LVAIC for additional information regarding Business Services and the consortium.

Appointments
All suppliers are expected, as a professional courtesy, to make an appointment to meet with LVAIC sourcing staff: this insures that adequate time is available for discussion and that personnel are available to meet.

Groups
LVAIC facilitates meetings for select member functional teams including:

  • Chief Campus Safety/Security Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Controllers
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Facilities/Plant Operations /Facilities Planning
  • Head Athletic Trainers
  • Health Insurance Consortium
  • Human Resources Directors
  • Information Technology Directors
  • Purchasing Directors
  • Telecom Directors
  • Transportation and Parking Directors
  • User Support/HELP Desk

 

If you have additional questions, or to request an appointment, please email info@lvaic.org or call 610.625.7888.

Thank you for your interest in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges!