Save Time, Save Money • The Value of Group Purchasing
Save Time, Save Money • The Value of Group Purchasing
Cooperative purchasing organizations reduce procurement cost by leveraging the purchasing power of group buying. Members can save time by simplifying steps to procure.

What You will Learn:  
  • Gain an understanding of how you create efficiencies within your team and your municipality by utilizing a group purchasing organization
  • Top five reasons why organizations choose to work with a GPO and understand the advantages of using a GPO vs the traditional procurement process.
  • Learn how easy it is to stretch your municipalities spending dollars by taking advantage of a national contract.

Who Should Attend:
  • Local government staff that are responsible for procurement or are involved in the financial aspects of procurement.
  • Local government staff that are responsible for ensuring fiscal sustainability within their municipality.

Benefits of Attending: Participants can expect to
  • Gain a clear understanding of group purchasing organizations and the value offered to the Canadian Public Sector.
  • Gain insights into a how a group purchasing organization can save your municipality time and money.

About your Webinar Leaders:

Kinetic GPO is a Canadian cooperative purchasing organization established for Broader Public Sector and MASH entities across Canada with the specific purpose of reducing procurement cost by leveraging the purchasing power of group buying and saving members time by simplifying steps to procure. Kinetic GPO makes cooperative purchasing as simple as possible. There is no charge to become a Kinetic GPO member, no volume commitments and membership is not an exclusive agreement.

The Home Depot began operations in Canada in 1994 and quickly grew to become Canada’s leading home improvement retailer with 182 stores and over 20,000 associates in 10 Canadian provinces. Over the course of 2021 and beyond, Home Depot will continue to enhance the Pro experience to bring customers more features and tools to help manage and grow their business. The Orange Promise ensures that The Home Depot and their team deliver the most convenience experience and best value for customers.

In January 2020, Home Depot of Canada Inc. entered into an agreement with Kinetic GPO Inc. to help Kinetic GPO members save time and money.

Gerald R. Ford, BA, CSCMP, CPSM, CMC, CPSM
Director of Supplier Development & National Programs – Kinetic GPO

Gerald is a Supply Chain Management Professional with over 40 years of experience and has worked and consulted for over 100+ different organizations and businesses both in the private and public sector. Currently Gerald is the Director of Supplier Development and National Program with Kinetic GPO (Group Purchasing Organization). With Gerald’s assistance, Kinetic has grown to offer 31 competitively awarded contracts to a membership of over 480 members (as of June 25, 2021).

Michelle McCarthy
Business Development Manager – Kinetic GPO

Michelle joined the Kinetic GPO team July 16, 2018, bringing with her 20 years of supply chain and procurement knowledge along with a strong belief that you can accomplish anything that you put your sights on. Her energy is infectious, and she uses it to inspire when collaborating with not only members but the supplier community as well. As the Business Development Manager, Michelle always puts the member’s needs first and is always looking for ways to provide additional value.

Peter Muench
Vice-President, Finance – The Home Depot Canada

Peter Muench is Vice-President of Finance, Strategy & Procurement for The Home Depot Canada. He is responsible for Canadian financial planning and analysis, merchandising and marketing finance, operations finance, supply chain finance, internal audit, financial services, strategy, real estate, and procurement. Peter holds an Honours BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a CPA-CMA.

Lisa Brown
National Account Manager – The Home Depot Canada

Lisa has a 21-year career with the Home Depot; and is established within the organization in both Canada and the US as being reliable, customer driven, ground engaged and knowledgeable within the business and industry. She has established relationships with all Canadian landscape locations in both Home Depot core retail and Home Depot commercial.
Lisa is the subject matter expert in product and operations to improve the customer experience and is proud to wear the Orange Apron and represent The Home Depot Brand.


What Kinetic GPO can do for members
Home Depot Partnership

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