NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), in conjunction with Consolidus Group Purchasing, recently launched the group purchasing organization (GPO) website, UMCGPO.ORG. The new website, free to all UM churches and organizations, provides the ability to take advantage of highly vetted, deeply discounted, pre-negotiated contracts on core supplies and services through top-tier supply and service vendors across the nation.
Moses Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer of GCFA stated that the UMCGPO.ORG "is a phenomenal asset for our churches and affiliates. It provides immediate savings, financial reporting and analysis, contract management, and will allow United Methodist churches to be able to reinvest those new-found dollars back into their ministries almost immediately!" While GPOs have existed for some time for large organizations in verticals like healthcare and education, the benefits of the GPO model have not been available for other business verticals to enjoy until now. Jason Ritchason, Founder and CEO of Consolidus explains, "We're recreating and literally introducing the GPO concept to the rest of the business world - law offices, accounting firms, restaurants, non-profits, churches, dentists, plastic surgeons, car dealerships, health clubs, jewellers, tanning and hair salons…you name it. The product incorporates everything any business would need to readily access in managing their business' expenses in one convenient place and in the cloud." For United Methodist churches, the Consolidus-managed website is a new way for churches to save money on goods and services nationwide by leveraging the buying power from thousands of their members into direct savings for each individual church. The UMCGPO.ORG portal is intuitive, flexible, and most importantly, saves UM churches as much money as possible by purchasing through the featured vendors.