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Benefits of a Ceres Membership

As a full service procurement management company, we provide our member companies access to Ceres's web-based eCommerce purchasing tool powered by DSSI. This allows our members to manage their order activity at the facility level, while controlling finances and reporting at a central location.

At Ceres we are always cultivating our supply chain relationships. Therefore, we are able to continue providing our members new and innovative programs that are designed to help improve patient outcomes at cost effective prices.

After reading more about the benefits of a Ceres Membership below, please click here to fill out a membership application, and take your first step towards becoming a Ceres Member.

 

What We Offer Our Members

 

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eCommerce Tools

  • Able to access the majority of your suppliers from one centralized location.
  • Products are viewable on the website, including detailed descriptions and ordering information.
  • Eliminates paper purchase orders, faxes, or call-in orders.
  • Eliminates paper catalogs.
  • Purchasing data at your fingertips: Purchase order summary, product level, facility level, and general ledger reports.

 

Leveraged Pricing

  • Ceres manages over $500 million of annual spend between 2,200+ long-term care centers.
  • Affiliation with Premier. Our direct procurement management and large customer base allows our members to access Premier’s top tier pricing levels.
  • Contracted Manufacturer Agreements. When appropriate, Ceres contracts directly with the manufacturer vs. the supplier.

 

Enhanced Financial Control

  • Standardizes a corporate formulary
  • Ability to specify order approval levels to help contain costs (i.e.,
    view only, order entry only, order entry & approval (minus capital orders),order entry & all approvals and corporate)
  • Provides monthly automated reporting by facility, category, and GL code.

 

Category Management Expertise

  • Access to skilled procurement category managers for all of your product questions.
  • Utilizes best-in-class benchmarking to ensure operational efficiency and cost savings.
  • In-depth consulting services are available for category-specific analysis (e.g. dietary spend, menu design, indirect spend, etc.

 

Account Management & Customer Service

  • Account representative dedicated to support all of your needs.
  • One contact for questions and issue resolution for all your suppliers.
  • Customer service department is ready to answer any of your questions via phone, fax and email.
  • Quarterly business reviews to identify opportunities for improvement, and assess facility performance over time.

 

Relationship with Premier

Contact us for information about opportunities with Premier.

 

Featured Ceres Partners

By Partnering with some of the healthcare industry's most established and respected companies including Medline, Direct Supply, Dean Foods and U.S. Foods, Ceres Members don't have to sacrifice quality because of price.

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