Friday, September 6, 2019

Purchasing Celebrates 20 Years!

Well, it's official! The 2019-20 school year is underway. The dust has started to settle and staff, faculty and students are finding their way into a new groove. As the halls are buzzing with excitement and wonder that a new school year brings, AEA Purchasing is buzzing with celebrations of our 20th year in providing procurement services to Iowa's schools!

For 20 years, Iowa’s AEAs have provided schools with the opportunity to save money on the goods and services they use every day as well as an opportunity to simplify the procurement process. What began as a single program foodservice cooperative has expanded to include an active membership in a national purchasing group and coverage of over nine different purchasing areas, from the basics (like pens, crayons, markers and paper) to more involved services like 21st century classrooms, building safety and security and video boards/message centers!

In the span of 20 years, AEA Purchasing has progressed from a handful of contracts to working with over 90 vendor partners, all accessible in an online marketplace making it even easier to increase the bottom line. With the mission of enabling administrators and educators to worry less about their procurement and focus more on student achievement, we look forward to continuing our services for many years to come!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

1% Rebate from School Specialty When You Order Online!

Need further convincing that ordering online is the way to go? How about a rebate for online purchases! School Specialty and AEA Purchasing are excited to announce a new rebate program for orders placed online. Check it out!

Here's how it works:
1. Login and place an order through the School Specialty website OR AEA Purchasing Marketplace and 1% of your purchase value will come back to your school via a rebate! (The rebate is calculated on the net invoice amount of product only, less shipping and other charges.)

2. The rebate is good for the length of the AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract (through 2023).

3. District rebates go directly to the purchasing district at the end of the calendar year! It's that simple!

For more information on School Specialty's 1% online rebate program, contact:

School Specialty
Courtney Kokjohn | (515) 339-7227

Monday, August 12, 2019

Barnes & Noble LOVES Educators!

Calling all Educators and Administrators! Barnes & Noble appreciates all that you do! 

As a value added service, AEA Purchasing wants you to discover even more ways to save. Sign up for a Barnes & Noble "Educator Discount Card" and you save 20% off books and educational toys and games that you purchase for your classroom. It is fast, easy, and free!
When you sign up you will be invited to all of the BN Educator Appreciation Events where you can spoil yourself with a 25% discount on more items throughout the store. These events will be happening every Saturday & Sunday starting July 20th through September 15th to help you prepare for the new school year!
Sign up at your local Barnes & Noble or you can click the link below to sign up online.

Discounts and offers are available in stores for PreK – Grade 12 Educators only.

*Select items only. Discount is off list price. Certain restrictions apply. Ask a bookseller for details. Educator Discount Card must be present at time of purchase. Discounts cannot be applied to or combined with any other Barnes & Noble discount programs, Nook Books or other digital content, or accessories for digital services. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Get Excited About 'Back to School' with School Specialty!

When you think "back to school", think School Specialty! AEA Purchasing has partnered with School Specialty to offer significant savings on all your back to school essentials across a variety of catalogs.

Abilitations offers a comprehensive assortment of special education products and solutions for all children and their therapists, educators and families that support them.

Childcraft offers an extensive selection of early childhood educational products including furniture, manipulatives and games for children from birth through Grade 2.

Classroom Select encourages collaboration and promotes creativity through smart furniture design.

Projects by Design offers a turnkey solution to equip new and renovated spaces.

Education Essentials -- all the supplies, resources and materials educators need most for school and classroom.

Frey Scientific specializes in science education supplies, kits and curriculum. Their team can help you outfit your classroom or lab with safe, durable, easy-to-use equipment and supplies.

Sax offers a comprehensive line of affordable, high-quality arts and crafts supplies.

Sportime provides physical activity equipment and sporting goods that have been designed by PE teachers and are driven to motivate children of all ages and all ability levels.

SSI Guardian provides safety and security products and training.

Friday, August 2, 2019

2019 School Spirit Food Shows!

Our 2019 School Spirit food shows are drawing near. Here's what you have to look forward to. Join us, won't you? 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Let Freedom Ring!

Today we celebrate our freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are the great home of the free because of the brave. AEA Purchasing would like to extend it's deepest appreciation and gratitude to all that have served to help protect our greatest attribute -- FREEDOM!

Have a happy and safe 4th!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Take Advantage of Your Empty Campus

An empty campus is full of opportunity! Take advantage of the quiet and empty hallways while you can. AEA Purchasing vendor partner FSG shows you how here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Coding for K-5 Made Simple

Meet KUBO -- a simple, intuitive solution, that makes it easy for teachers to introduce computer science and coding to students as young as four.

Designed like a puzzle, KUBO’s groundbreaking Tagtile® programming language is tangible, easily managed, and completely screen-free. Free to educators are downloadable, beautifully illustrated lesson plans and task cards for your students, as well as video tutorials and quick start guides to help get you up and running.

Thanks to AEA Purchasing's partnership with PITSCO and AEPA, Iowa schools get an exclusive 2% off their KUBO solution along with free shipping!

Enter promo code AEPA22 during checkout!


Monday, May 20, 2019

Free Gift with Purchase from Sportime!

In partnership with Sportime, a School Specialty brand, AEA Purchasing is offering a free gift with purchase opportunity!

Now through July 31, use promo code 081PEFREE19 at checkout to receive a free gift with your qualifying order. Complete details can be found here

Happy shopping....happy saving!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Summer Pricing on Paper

Have you checked out our summer paper buy? If you haven't, than NOW is the time! Orders are due on May 24th.

Complete ordering information and order form downloads are available online.

Bid Features Include:

  • Wide variety of paper weights, colors and sizes
  • Additional discounts for orders of 840 cartons of white or greater
  • Letter and catalog envelopes

Clients Eligible for Participation:

  • K-12 Schools, Public and Private
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Public Libraries
  • City, County, State Government
  • Nonprofit educational organizations

Monday, May 13, 2019

Attend our Technology "Mini" Conference!

Interested in meeting our Technology contract partners? Join us on the date and location of your choosing to meet our Technology partners and learn more about how our contracts can best serve you!

Click here for complete details or email

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Enhancing Inquiry in the Classroom Using Makerspace Products

“An inquiry-based curriculum can increase student achievement and narrow the gap between high and low-achieving students” (Towns & Sweetland, 2008).

Incorporating maker activities into your inquiry-based lessons is an easy addition that will enhance student curiosity.

In Mackin's blog, Enhancing Inquiry in the Classroom Using Makerspace Products, author Ashley Gamlin explores how to use Boxels, Makey Makey, Legos, and other Maker products in your content areas.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Something NEW and EXCITING is coming in July!

AEA Purchasing is excited to announce the upcoming launch of a new and improved process to take advantage of our contracts and competitively bid pricing!

Enter in AEA Purchasing Marketplace!
Coming soon - July 2019

Ordering doesn't need to be difficult! That's why AEA Purchasing Marketplace was created. It's an online ordering, single sign-on purchase and quoting platform built with you, the end-user, in mind.

AEA Purchasing Marketplace offers:
  • Free-to-use online marketplace
  • Quick access to multiple vendors
    • No need for multiple usernames and passwords
    • All pricing is contract discounted pricing
    • Compare products and pricing at a quick glance
  • Flexible payment options
    • Pay via purchase order (PO), credit card or P-card