WPMA, NPP Join Forces to Support Fueling Western America

Western Petroleum Marketers Association, National Purchasing Partners in pricing deal

Western Petroleum Marketers Association WPMA, National Purchasing Partners NPP

SALT LAKE CITY & SEATTLE -- The Western Petroleum Marketers Association (WPMA) has teamed up with National Purchasing Partners (NPP) to offer members special pricing on a variety of products and services.

Through this partnership the association's members can now access NPP's portfolio of discount contracts with pricing that is not typically available to the general public.

"The mission of WPMA is to assist members in increasing their business effectiveness and profitability," said Gene Inglesby, WPMA executive director. "Our partnership with NPP will enable our members to save money and improve their bottom line."

NPP is a nationwide group purchasing organization (GPO) with multiple contracts that help energy companies reduce their costs and improve their margin. NPP is a free and voluntary program, and member companies are welcome to choose which contracts they wish to access. NPP's large membership volume ensures top-tier contracts and rates.

"Partnering with an association such as WPMA gives us insight to the industry and allows us to help small business get access to products they need to stay competitive in today's economy," said Andy Carmichael, national account manager for NPP.

NPP is a cooperative purchasing organization that offers competitively bid and publicly awarded contracts for our members. Members receive discounted rates on essential products and services from prominent industry companies, including Verizon, John Deere, Fastenal, Expedia, Staples and more.

Membership is free, and there is no obligation to purchase. Members have access to items such as wireless service, electronic devices, equipment, office and industrial supplies, furniture, printing and commercial flooring.

Public entities, such as city or state governments, can use our competitively bid, publicly awarded contracts. These contracts comply with national and local procurement requirements, and save organizations both time and money in the purchasing process.

Seattle-based NPP was founded in 2001, and is now one of the largest cooperative purchasing entities in the country. It is owned by Virginia Mason Medical Center.

NPP also serves thousands of companies nationwide in a wide variety of other industries, among them construction, transportation, fire and rescue, energy, legal and finance.

Salt Lake City-based WPMA represents petroleum resellers such as gas stations, convenience stores, truck stops, trucking companies and bulk storage facilities. Founded in 1953 as the Intermountain Oil Jobbers Association, seven state associations are members of WPMA, including Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington. It assists the state groups in administering their programs, distributing legislative information and providing convention and membership services. WPMA hosts a national convention and expo in Las Vegas each year.