Cooperative Purchasing Programs

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AZA Smart Source is a national purchasing cooperative designed and managed exclusively for the benefit of AZA member zoos, aquariums,and related facilities. AZA members can select Smart Source purchasing programs to lower operating costs.

Smart Source programs also are designed to address other aspects of purchasing that are important to AZA members. For example, many Smart Source purchasing programs provide a high number of green and sustainable products, enhanced reporting to help track spending, and an opportunity to retain relationships with local distributors.

Accredited zoos and aquariums spend more than $3.5 billion annually on goods and services. Smart Source purchasing programs have been negotiated to leverage this significant buying power, saving AZA members time and money while also providing an enhanced level of benefits member institutions could not attain on their own.

Smart Source is offered through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and professionally managed by Vendor Centric, a company that specializes in building and managing purchasing cooperatives for non profits, trade associations and niche industries. Access AZA Smart Source for information on a broad range of vendor categories and to register for savings and other member benefits.

Additionally, AZA offers this special program for your animal health team:

Zoetis Program
AZA-accredited Institutions and Certified-Related Facilities that are U.S. based and 501c(3) nonprofit are eligible to request donated pharmaceutical products.

Have Questions?

Contact Gina Velosky, Manager, Business Development and Marketing,  (301) 244-3354.