KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2018--Small and medium-sized businesses are paying too much for everyday purchases such as office supplies and shipping because they have not been able to leverage volume or “bulk” discounts. But business today has changed with the UNA.comGroup Purchasing Organization (GPO) model.

GPOs level the playing field of indirect spend for businesses. Historically only for those in healthcare, UNA.com makes the cost-savings of a GPO available to businesses of all types and sizes. Joining a GPO provides collective buying power so you get bulk pricing on everything.

“The best GPOs help your business get contracts and savings you would never be able to negotiate on your own. Jackpot discounts like UNA’s drastically increase your purchasing power,” said Anthony Clervi, president of UNA. “As one of the fastest-growing business GPOs in North America, UNA.com gives small and medium businesses (SMBs) a level of buying power they could never obtain by themselves. And for many businesses when they save on expenses at these levels, they have more money to create jobs and competitive advantage.”

Discount examples from a free UNA GPO membership:

Corporate Hotel Discounts with an average of 26% savings $100 a year off each Adobe Creative Cloud subscription Up to 80% off Office Depot and Staples products Average of 20% off small parcel and international shipping Up to 40% off rental cars Up to 45% off janitorial and MRO supplies through Grainger and Home Depot Total 22% average savings on direct and indirect spend across all categories

In 2011 according to SpendMatters.com, the average-sized GPO member was a company with roughly $750 million in revenue and about 5,000 employees. Today, a business with as few as one employee can get the same buying power from UNA.com. This “Democratization of Discounts” has led to UNA.com experiencing 150% year-over-year growth, and 97% customer retention.

“Most small businesses don’t recognize the financial damage occurring like a slow drip through their indirect spending,” Clervi said. “Over time, those drips can become a deluge and can make a real difference in business operations.”

About UNA

UNA is the #1 Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) empowering associations, businesses, and professionals to save money on products & services that matter. Leverage UNA’s network buying power to get deep discounts on the products and services you use daily. Saving has never been simpler. Learn more at www.UNA.com.

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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MISSOURI

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SMALL BUSINESS OFFICE PRODUCTS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RETAIL

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