Monday, August 29, 2022

Back-to-School Essentials From School Specialty

Back-to-school is in full swing and AEA Purchasing is excited to share essential supplies from School Specialty and three of their popular brands. With our partnership, we make it easy to get your classrooms prepared for a new year of learning and set your students up for success!

Stock up on back-to-school supplies and classroom essentials featuring products from:

Click on the links above to view all of the details.

ALL purchases made online throughout the calendar year (via www.schoolspecialty.com/aeapurchasing or AEA Purchasing Marketplace) receive a 1% rebate directly back to the customer next year. 

Be sure to reference "AEPA IFB 019" on all orders and POs.

Happy saving and welcome back to school!

Vendor Profile: BioCorporation

Awarded through our participation with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies -- AEPA, AEA Purchasing is pleased to offer contracted savings on preserved and dissection specimens, specimen displays and other related resources offer by BioCorporation (biologyproducts.com).

Benefits of this contract include:

  • 5% off catalog pricing
  • Free UPS ground shipping on orders of $50+
    *Pail packaging and live material excluded

For more information on the contract and how your school can start saving today, visit Bio Corporation's profile on the AEA Purchasing website. 

*Reference contract number #IA-020-C on all communication with vendor.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Our Partnership with AEPA

AEA Purchasing is a proud member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA). AEPA is a national cooperative of education purchasing professionals representing lead agencies in their respective states. Their contracts are competitively bid and tailored to meet each member state’s specific legal requirements. As a result of this partnership, AEA Purchasing can bring Iowa's schools and service agencies great prices from vendors like School Specialty, Daktronics, CDW-G, and more.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Contract Profile: Mackin

Mackin has been a long-time vendor partner with AEA Purchasing in providing high-quality resources for school classrooms and library customers. Featuring the largest PK-12 collection of age-appropriate titles, Mackin offers a vast selection of print and digital titles from different publishers at www.mackin.com. They also provide free collection analysis and development services, and free processing and cataloging options with superior customer service!

Under the AEA Purchasing contract, schools across Iowa receive additional discounts off Mackin’s already competitive online prices through AEPA contract #020-C:

  • Additional 8% off Mackin.com for print books
  • Additional 7% off Mackin.com for eBooks and digital audiobooks
  • Additional 3% off Mackin.com for Makerspace
  • Additional 3% off Mackin.com for Multimedia (DVDs, Blu-Rays, MP3s)
Newly added to the contract in May is Mackin's latest library service, Accessit Library. In short, Accessit Library delivers easy and precise access to a school’s or district’s library catalog and is an essential part of its successful operation. 

For additional product information or to request a quote for your next purchase, contact:

Mackin
Mindy Romero
Mindy.romero@mackin.com
Cell: 319.899.9717
Toll-Free: 800.245.9540

August Program Highlights

Here's the latest in news from AEA Purchasing!

+AEA Purchasing Summer Education and Food Show
In June and July, AEA Purchasing facilitated ServSafe® certification courses for 462 school food service staff. Of that 462, 68% passed the end exam with scores of 70% or greater. We would like to extend a warm congratulations to all of those who put forth the effort in preparing for and passing the exam! Additionally, our annual School Spirit Shows took place in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines earlier this month, hosting 126 school districts and over 500 members. Activities included four hours of education followed by a food show with 80 companies and 460+ items to sample and review. 

+IASL Award Book Orders (2022-23)
Mark your calendars! The deadline to order the IASL Award Book sets is Aug 31! More details can be found here.

+School Specialty Summer Sale!
Find hundreds of hot buys at cool 40% savings -- but only while supplies last! Click here.

+Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA)
AEA Purchasing is a proud member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA). AEPA is a national cooperative of education purchasing professionals representing lead agencies in their respective states. Their contracts are competitively bid and tailored to meet each member state’s specific legal requirements. As a result of this partnership, AEA Purchasing can bring Iowa's schools and service agencies great prices from vendors like School Specialty, Daktronics, CDW-G, and more. 

Want to know more about our vendor partners and what they have available? Check out this month's Vendor Promotions folder! Special offers, flyers, and brochures are added throughout the month.

Follow us on social media to see what we are up to! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Contract Profile: Konica Minolta


For several years, AEA Purchasing has been happy to partner with Konica Minolta. As a result of this partnership, Iowa schools can save on a broad range of products in security, print quality and network integration. 


  • bizhub® multifunction products (MFPs)
  • bizhub PRESS digital presses
  • bizhub PRO production print systems
  • magicolor® color printers
  • pagepro® monochrome printers
Follow this link to view a variety of products available from Konica Minolta.

Contact your local Konica Minolta dealer for detailed contract pricing information. Be sure to request the AEA Purchasing/AEPA discount when asking for a quote!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

School Specialty is Focused on Back to School!

School Specialty is focused on helping you stock up for back-to-school! Restock your classrooms and your supply closets with an exclusive Summer Sale event & 3M for less!  

The Summer Sale provides deeper discounts on the items you need to restock and get ready for back-to-school. Because these items are NET priced, our standard 35% discount does not apply. (Net price is a better deal.) There are savings to be had in all categories!  This flyer provides more details and a sampling of the available products.

In addition to the Summer Sale, School Specialty is featuring 3M products this month. Check out the selection of the 3M products available to you here.

ALL purchases made online throughout the calendar year (via School Specialty or AEA Purchasing Marketplace) receive a 1% rebate directly back to the customer next year.

Happy saving!

Monday, August 8, 2022

Power Tool Combo Kits

Midwest Technology Products is an AEA Purchasing vendor partner specializing in the resell of industrial arts, vocation and technology equipment for your curriculum needs AND is based right here in Iowa (Sioux City).

Bring fun, engaging learning to your classrooms with their power tool combo kits! Featuring brands such as Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, Skil, and Bosch, Midwest Technology Products has the tools you need to develop the next generation of skilled workers.

Support Iowa vendors and save with the AEA Purchasing contract! For more information on pricing or to place an order, contact:

Midwest Technology Products
Contract # AEPA IFB 022.5- Industrial Arts & Career and Tech Supplies
Sarah Cruz
scruz@midwesttechnology.com
800.831.5904 ext 3120
www.midwesttechnology.com
Online Product Catalog

Thursday, August 4, 2022

More Than Just Plumbing Parts!

Best Plumbing Specialties is an awarded vendor partner providing discounts on MRO and plumbing supplies. As a family-owned business, they specialize in hard-to-find plumbing repair parts and maintenance items.


Best Plumbing Specialties is more than just plumbing parts! They are your one stop shop for MRO and more!

Here are just a couple of categories they can assist you with:
  • Faucet Parts
  • Partition Hardware
  • Flushometers Parts
  • Chemicals
  • Safety Gear
  • Tools
  • HVAC
  • Hardware
Check out their line card to see the hundreds of manufacturers they carry parts for.

The AEA Purchasing contract discount is up to 20% off on items. Contact Best Plumbing for quotes and additional discounts.

Best Plumbing Specialties
Contracts Department
800-448-6710 x1765
Bid Reference: AEPA IFB 018.5-A MRO Catalog

Monday, August 1, 2022

August Vendor Promos!

Have you checked out the latest info and specials from our vendor partners?

What are you waiting for? 

Check out our August vendor promotions today! 

Content is added throughout the month.