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BuyQ Awards New Group Purchasing Agreement for Facilities and Operations Supplies to Grainger


Charter Schools Nationwide to Benefit from Deep Discounts and Other Benefits on Maintenance, Repair and Operating Supplies

Denver, CO (September 15, 2015) – BuyQ, the only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools, today announced the award of a new group purchasing agreement for facilities and operations supplies to Grainger, North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products. Through the new agreement, charter schools across the country will receive significant discounts and other benefits on products ranging from safety products, to general maintenance items to cleaning supplies.

“Grainger has proven itself as the nationwide leader in MRO supplies and has shown a true commitment to serving the K-12 community for 40+ years,” said Marco Rafanelli, President and Founder, BuyQ. “In addition to a comprehensive product line, Grainger offers a full suite of services to help schools run more efficiently, safely and sustainably, like complimentary safety audits and inventory management tools. We are excited to help bring these solutions to charter schools.”

Grainger was selected by BuyQ and a national committee of charter school representatives for BuyQ’s facilities and operations supplies contract through an open, competitive RFP process to ensure the best overall value to schools. There is no cost to charter schools to purchase through BuyQ’s Grainger contract. To access contract pricing and benefits, schools must simply affiliate to BuyQ’s Grainger contract by visiting or by calling 1-800-GRAINGER (472-4643) and asking to affiliate to the BuyQ contract.

Through the BuyQ Grainger contract, charter schools can take advantage of:

  • Up to 61% off retail prices on the top 375 core K-12 items
  • 10% off of Grainger’s retail price on all everyday purchases
  • Volume-based discounts on large orders
  • Free shipping, except for freight-related orders

“Multiple studies show that when school facility conditions improve so does student achievement and teacher effectiveness,” said Brian Driskell, Sr. Strategy Manager, Education, Grainger. “We look forward to working with charter schools to help them improve everything from their water and indoor air quality to lighting and acoustics to thermal conditions, and to saving them time and money in the process.”

Grainger offers maintenance solutions for every school area, including top selling charter school products like lighting, plumbing, HVAC, safety products, cleaning supplies, hardware and tools.


BuyQ is the only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools. Working in collaboration with 25+ state-based charter support organizations, BuyQ leverages the combined purchasing power of 5,000+ charter schools to negotiate significant savings and other charter-specific benefits from top national vendors. Participation is free and easy. Visit to learn how you can join thousands of charter schools already saving $10+ million annually on the products and services needed to run your school.


W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in EuropeAsia and Latin America.

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