NJPA Earns UT System Accreditation as Group Purchasing Organization

UT System Receives National Joint Powers Alliance Accreditation

national joint powers alliance njpa purchasing groupAs of August 1, 2017, all 14 institutions within the University of Texas System now have access to over 200 vendor contracts through National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). Now, this program allows UT Systems to ensure its institutions use contracts from Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) who meet quality controlled standards.

NJPA aims to provide members with quality programs and services through a business and service alliance between buyers and suppliers who are legislatively qualified agencies. Basically, NJPA ensures you get the best bid according to your needs without the time-consuming task of slogging through poor quality contracts. The NJPA Board of Directors review and award all bid contracts competitively solicited across the nation.

Southwest Solutions Group® offers a wide variety of business efficiency products and services available on NJPA contracts. A few of our solutions include vertical lift modules and carousels, high-density shelves, document scanning services, and more.

NJPA Contract Advantages

  • Access to competitively bid contracts procured by a municipal contracting agency
  • Nationally leveraged, high-quality prices and services
  • No-cost membership
  • Nationally acclaimed and recognized vendors (including Southwest Solutions Group)
  • Time and resource savings
  • Annual independent audit conducted to ensure continued quality of agencies
  • Joint Powers Agreement means your municipality is an owner and member
  • You become a represented participant in the bidding process

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Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for storage and business efficiency products and services available on NJPA contracts. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before you buy. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or contact us today.

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Help! I Need More Office Space | Space-Saving Storage

How to Improve Your Office Space Usage

Office space: it’s a big problem for many businesses today. Workplace needs are only increasing, but many businesses can’t afford to expand or lease extra space. Employees feel cramped at their desks and dread sorting through small, disorganized areas for items they need. An uncomfortable workplace leads to decreased morale and productivity.

Luckily, you can implement plenty of easy and cost-effective solutions to save space in your office without expanding or leasing. By simply organizing your office, you’ll discover so much space that you weren’t using efficiently before. These storage solutions can help you give your office a new look and a new level of usability to promote productivity among employees.

High Density Storage

office space savings high density shelvingHigh density storage is an increasingly popular solution across nearly every industry. If you have a lot of shelving, this is a great alternative. Think of how much space you could save if you got rid of the aisles between every row of shelves. This would easily cut your space in half. High density storage does exactly that, converting your empty space into productive space. Click here to learn more about high density shelves and watch videos about how the system works.

Sliding Shelving

sliding shelving space saving office storageIf high density storage isn’t in your budget, sliding shelving is a great solution for smaller spaces. The shelves are mounted on tracks and slide back and forth instead of using aisles. Click here to view sliding shelves and buy them online.

Rotary Cabinets

These cabinets provide two-sided storage and are a perfect alternative to lateral file cabinets, which quickly eat up space. The cabinets revolve 360° for double the amount of storage in the same space as conventional file cabinets. Click here to shop for rotary cabinets online.

Mailroom Sorting Modules

Mailrooms can get messy fast. Mail sorting modules and mailroom casework help you organize your materials and encourage productive workflow at the same time. Click here to shop the huge variety of mailroom furniture solutions available online.

Portable Workstations

Maybe cubicles take up most of your floor space, or you’re running out of room to accommodate employees comfortably. Employees may not even use all of the cubicles you have available, which just wastes more space. Portable workstations fold up into a small profile and fold out again just as easily when they’re needed. This makes setting up collaborative meeting spaces or extra cubicles fast and easy. When you’re done, simply fold them away. Click here to learn more and watch how the portable cubicles work.

Contact Us About Office Space Saving Storage

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for all of these office space solutions and more. You will also receive a free consultation before you commit to buying anything. For more information or to speak with one of our storage specialists, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Buy Lockers Online at StoreMoreStore in Steel Metal Wood

Buy Lockers Online

buy lockers online at storemorestoreNeed lockers? Now you can buy lockers online from our affiliate, StoreMoreStore, which provides you with the best deals on a wide variety of unique storage equipment for practically any application. Whether you need steel, metal, wood, plastic, or whether you’re storing personal items or weapons, we can help you find a solution that fits your exact needs.

For example, here are some lockers available to buy online at StoreMoreStore:

Steel & Metal Lockers

Great for all-purpose storage and are available in a wide variety of heights, widths, and tiers. With multiple configurations, the lockers easily store personal items or hanging garments.

Wood Lockers

When aesthetics are a priority, wood lockers offer a professional look and durable, secure storage at the same time. The clean wood laminate finish is great for use in universities, lounges, offices, hotels, and more.

Keyless Lockers

steel metal wood lockers buy online storemorestoreYou can also configure most lockers with digital keyless locks, if you wish. This eliminates the need for manual key management, which takes up time and resources. It also eliminates the need for physical keys, which are liable to become lost or stolen.

Backpack Lockers

These lockers come with charging capabilities for laptops, cell phones, and other electronics. Vented sides allow air to flow through the locker and prevent electronics from overheating during storage.

Cell Phone Lockers

Cell phone lockers are great for storing smaller items such as phones, tablets, wallets, and keys. The cubby design offers the perfect amount of space for temporary storage of these personal items.

Firearm Lockers

A wide variety of weapon and ammunition storage lockers are available, including wall mounted lockers, long gun lockers, and trunk storage compartments. Allow users to quickly store and secure their weapons outside of prohibited areas or provide officers with a quick way to store and retrieve weapons.

Stainless Steel Lockers

Stainless steel lockers are a popular solution for applications in healthcare, laboratories, sanitary areas, and food processing due to their ease of cleaning and corrosion resistance. The stainless steel construction also prevents the growth of mold, bacteria, and rust.

Plastic Lockers

Plastic lockers are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), a lightweight but durable material. They are often used in pool areas, hospitals, outdoor areas, and changing rooms due to their resistance to chemicals, weather, impact, mold, and mildew.

Ventilated Lockers

With diamond perforated doors and sides, the ventilated lockers provide aerated storage that promotes airflow to keep items dry and odor-free. This makes them great for storing uniforms, gym clothes and bags, law enforcement vests, swimsuits, and other belongings that may be damp during storage. Due to security and ventilation combined with visibility, they can also be used for storing chemicals

Duty Bag Lockers

Duty bag lockers are designed for oversized storage. You can store all types of bulky and heavy items that don’t fit in conventional lockers like duffel bags, suitcases, gym bags, and more.

Rust Proof Lockers

A galvannealed steel construction and powder coat finish prevents rust from building up on these lockers, which are ideal for outdoor and high humidity areas due to their additional weather resistance.

Buy Lockers on StoreMoreStore

Even more types of lockers are available online. Visit StoreMoreStore to buy lockers online today, or contact us if you need additional assistance. We would be happy to help you decide what solution is right for you.

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Reuse Shelving for High Density Compact Mobile Storage

Reuse Shelving for High Density Mobile Systems

reuse shelving high density storage systemsYou might have noticed by now that high density shelving is more common than ever in every type of industry. We’re staunch supporters of this trend, of course. However, we also understand that making room in your budget just isn’t possible for everyone. Because everyone’s budgetary needs are different, the high density mobile carriages are designed to reuse shelving that’s already in your office—even if it’s from a competitor.

We can mount almost any type of used shelving or cabinets on the mobile carriages. This is also a smart option if you’ve never used high density shelving before and want to try it out before committing to a new system. In the future, you can easily exchange used for new shelving. We want to make sure your mobile shelving is fully worth the investment. Whatever your needs are, we will work with you to find a solution that best fits your needs.reused equipment compact mobile shelving

Additionally, we also offer pre-owned high density shelving. Buying pre-owned or reusing your shelves are a great way to save on costs. When you reuse shelving or buy used, you can also do your part to prevent waste and promote environmental friendliness. You could also lease a high density system instead of buying one outright. Click here to see more about buying vs. leasing equipment.

Contact Us About Reused High Density Shelving

Southwest Solutions Group® provides high density design and installation services with reused or new shelving. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. For more information or to speak with a high density specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.

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Pass-Thru Nurse Servers Patient Room Supply Exchange

An Efficient Patient Supply Stocking & Re-Stocking Solution

pass-thru nurse serversNurses and supply technicians face many challenges, with patient supply management just one of them. The pass-thru nurse servers are a complete solution that eases supply management so staff members can serve patients faster. The through-wall design also allows staff to exchange supplies without having to enter the patient’s room. Medical supplies, linens, medications, bandaging, and other items can all be stored and exchanged within the servers quickly, with multiple options available depending on your needs.

Nurse Server Patient Supply Advantages

While many hospitals use built-in millwork servers, they aren’t usually designed with hospital staff’s organizational needs in mind. That’s because a “one size fits all” solution doesn’t work for most hospitals. A millwork manufacturer generally won’t take into account the unique needs of hospital staff with regard to stocking and re-stocking supplies quickly and without disturbing the patient, security, and ease of use.

patient supply cabinet nurse technician serversThe pass-thru nurse servers are a “kitted” solution from the manufacturer and delivered ready to install into cavities in each patient room. When nurses or supply staff need to re-stock or retrieve supplies, simply pull the cabinet out from the wall without entering the patient’s room. Users can also access the server from within the patient room, as the cabinet slides in both directions. Once a patient is discharged, simply swap out the trays with fully-stocked supplies. The servers also meet fire code compliance when pulled out into the hallway.

You can easily customize the servers with bi-directional trays, shelves, linen hampers, and locking medication drawers. Just let us know what you want, and we can make it happen. The servers are also completely antimicrobial to assist in your efforts of preventing the spread of bacteria and HAIs.

We also provide mobile versions of the pass-thru nurse servers for quick supply transport anytime and anywhere. For security, we also provide a variety of locking options including key locks, keypad locks, and RFID locks. Click here to see an informational video about the nurse servers.

Contact Us About Pass-Thru Nurse Servers

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for pass-thru nurse servers. We are dedicated to helping your hospital achieve sustainability and patient safety initiatives. For more information about our healthcare products and services, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Ceiling Mounted Garment Racks Provide More Space for Clothing Donations

Overhead Storage Increases Space for Clothing Donations

ceiling mounted garment racksWomen Giving Back, a Virginia-based nonprofit started in 2007, is dedicated to providing clothing to homeless women and children. By providing appropriate and professional clothing, WGB hopes to help homeless women enter the workplace and their children go to school. However, they were running out of room for clothing storage. To solve their space issues, WGB turned to Southwest Solutions Group® with Lift and Store® to find a way to increase their capacity with ceiling mounted garment racks.

“We have a boutique-like setup in the front of the operation to provide a dignified feel to the process,” said Terri Stagi, President of WGB. “Our warehouse is controlled chaos while out volunteers sort through mounds of clothing, shoes, and accessories for our clients.”

Over 100 women attend the store openings two times per month. Overall, the group distributes more than 500,000 items to over 50,000 women and 15,000 children in crisis in the past ten years. And their program continues to grow. In 2016, WGB opened an expanded store to accommodate their increasing growth. Even with a larger building, they found that managing their clothing storage was a huge challenge.

Facilitating Growth by Storing Vertically

overhead ceiling garment clothing liftInstead of using up their valuable floor space, Craig Crock at Southwest Solutions Group® suggested that they think vertically. Ceiling mounted garment racks store clothing above the back room, allowing a significant increase in storage space without any building expansion.  With the push of a button, the lift brings racks of clothing down to floor level for retrieval. When the user is done, they simply push another button to raise the lift back to ceiling level. The lift stores over 250 pieces of clothing, and WGB recently ordered another to store even more. Since the garment lifts are modular, it’s easy to adjust and expand the system. See more here.

Now, Stagi says that WGB’s goal is “to serve double the women and children in 2017, and the garment racks will help us exceed that.”

Contact Us About Ceiling Mounted Garment Racks

Southwest Solutions Group® provides space-saving storage solutions for applications just like this one. We are a turnkey solutions company. This means we will work with you to determine how our solutions will integrate with your exact needs. To ensure we’re the right choice for you, we’ll provide you with a free consultation before you commit to anything.

For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

To make a donation to Women Giving Back, please call 703-554-9386 or visit womengivingback.org.

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Advantages of Leasing Business Equipment Vs. Buying

Leasing VS. Buying Business EquipmentLease Or Buy?

If you’re in the market for new equipment, don’t commit to buying yet; consider the advantages of leasing business equipment instead.

Business equipment is expensive, and making room for it in the budget isn’t always possible, but leasing can offer a more cost-effective purchasing option. Short-term leases also give you peace of mind knowing that you haven’t wasted money on equipment that may not be right for your business. And with rapidly emerging new technology, old equipment can become obsolete before its return on investment.

Save Money

Buying equipment requires a large down payment, which may not be in your business’s best interest. Instead, leasing business equipment requires a deposit and monthly payments designed around your budgetary needs.

Preserve Credit

Purchasing equipment impacts your credit. With a lease, you don’t need to spend time finding a bank who will extend credit to you. This keeps your business credit line open, which in turn allows you to receive funding for expansion, staffing, or other needs. Having a monthly budget also allows you to prepare for unexpected expenses.

Stay Competitive & Avoid Obsolescence

leasing business equipmentLeasing equipment allows you to always have access to the latest technology and new products. You don’t want to be stuck with equipment you bought when a new and better solution appears on the market. A lease helps prevent you from using outdated equipment and easily upgrade new equipment.

Avoid Maintenance Costs

This can vary with different types of leases, but oftentimes the lease can include extra expenses like installation, delivery, and maintenance. Since leasing companies are usually responsible for maintaining equipment, it relieves the burden on you and your staff to keep up with repairs and upgrades.

Determine Your Business Needs

A short-term lease allows you to evaluate whether the equipment is right for your business before you commit to a purchase or long-term lease.

Tax Benefits

That’s right—leasing business equipment can qualify as a fully deductible expense according to Section 179. When you qualify your lease as an expense, the equipment is also not listed as an asset or liability. This simplifies your accounting and helps you avoid debts.

Fixed Monthly Payments

Lease payments aren’t affected by market conditions. They’re fixed for the term of the lease, which protects you from inflation and higher payments.

Contact Us About Leasing Business Equipment

Southwest Solutions Group® provides a variety of equipment leases to all types of businesses. For more information about the types of leasing options and equipment we offer, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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Recyclable Modular Walls VS. Drywall: An Eco-Friendly Construction Alternative

Re-Think Your Walls

benefits of modular wallsRecyclable modular walls have become a popular alternative to drywall construction in the U.S. Now more than ever, businesses need flexible solutions to meet their changing needs. That includes the buildings they work in. With drywall, what you see is what you get. If you ever need to change the layout of your building, you’ll have to rip out the walls. After that, they’ll likely end up in a landfill, contributing to pollution. Additionally, new drywall construction is loud and can stall normal business operations for days or weeks.

For the environmentally conscious business who wants to save time, space, and money, consider modular walls instead. These walls install quickly and without any construction to your building. And if you need to change your building’s layout, the walls easily move with you. Simply unmount and reinstall them where you need them. Additional advantages and benefits include:

Easy to Install

recyclable modular wallsAfter panels are prefabricated in the factory, they are shipped ready to install in less than five weeks. Manufacturing, move in, and installation, is 30-50% faster than conventional construction. And the team installs them without mudding, sanding, cutting, or taping.

Flexible & Reusable

Any application from offices to industrial buildings use recyclable modular walls. If you need to reconfigure your space or relocate, the walls move with you so they can be reused instead of thrown out.

Quick ROI

Business often experience a return on investment in as little as three years after installing modular walls. If you plan on moving in five years or less, then moving the walls just once returns a full ROI.

Better Acoustics Enhances Productivity

Even in noisy industrial areas, the modular walls provide privacy and quiet so employees can focus more on their work.

Eco-Friendly

Modular walls are built with sustainable design and can help contribute toward your LEED project certification. This is due to the walls’ reduced construction materials and waste to minimize your carbon footprint. Additionally, modular walls have nearly 100% recyclability. You can easily disassemble and responsibly dispose of them to prevent creating any waste.

Contact Us About Recyclable Modular Walls

If you’re interested in sustainable and cost-effective solutions for your building design, we can help. As a full solutions company, Southwest Solutions Group® would be happy to work with you to achieve your exact needs. For more information or to speak with one of our trained specialists, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

 

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Southwest Solutions Group Transitions to 100% Employee Ownership Plan

Why SSG Chose An Employee Ownership Plan

southwest solutions group since 1969We have some exciting news for Southwest Solutions Group® for 2017. Going forward, we will transition to a 100% employee ownership plan (ESOP).

Why an ESOP? Former owners Craig Crock, Rich Riemer, Ray Streight, Randy Brant, and Troy Mechhofer agree that this is the best next step for SSG. They are excited to share the company’s success and prosperity with SSG’s dedicated and loyal employees. With this transition, the former owners hope to continue SSG’s growth as an even stronger team.

“The strength of Southwest Solutions Group is its people. The employee stock ownership plan preserves the company’s positive culture, and assures that the company’s continued success will directly benefit those doing the work. The ESOP allows us to prove to all who come behind us that we are faithful to our SSG legacy,” comments Streight.

An ESOP creates ownership among all employees, allowing them to directly benefit from a company’s success. This motivates everyone to collaborate towards achieving SSG’s bottom line.ssg employee ownership plan

According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, about 7,000 companies in the U.S. have a partial or full employee ownership plan. Employee-owned companies are more likely to grow faster, pay more, have better benefits, and are less likely to lay off employees or outsource overseas. As one can imagine, this focus on employee wellbeing often translates to happier employees. 84% of employee-owned companies agree that the plan inspires more productivity and motivation towards future goals.

The employees of Southwest Solutions Group are eager to continue SSG’s growth and become more successful and competitive. Of course, it’s not just the employees that benefit from this transition. SSG is also dedicated to providing continued customer satisfaction through its motivated employees.

We look forward to doing business with you!

southwest solutions group transitions to ESOP

About Southwest Solutions Group

Southwest Solutions Group is a full-service company that provides the best-in-class equipment, professional design, certified installation, and information management services. From reducing your storage footprint to providing CJIS and HIPAA compliant document scanning services, we have a solution to help your business’s efficiency. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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How Ultrasonic Washers for Surgical Instruments Prevent HAIs

HAIs Cost Hospitals $16.6 Billion Per Year

ultrasonic washers for surgical instrumentsAccording to Public Health Reports, approximately 1.7 million cases of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) occur every year. Hospital Topics estimates hospitals spend $16.6 billion on HAIs per year. The World Health Organization calculated 9.3 infections per 1,000 patient days. Many of these infections are due to the use of improperly cleaned surgical instruments on patients. While we have a long way to go toward eliminating HAIs, there is one way that could drastically reduce them. Read on to find out how ultrasonic washers work smarter and faster to make surgical instruments cleaner and safer for use than manual washing or other washing machines.

The Risk of Improperly Cleaned Surgical Instruments

Bioburden can still remain on surgical instruments even after washing. Manual cleaning instruments may not effectively reach every nook and cranny, especially of a cannulated instrument. The performance, training, and types of tools available to staff also affects how thoroughly the tools are cleaned. Most washing machines only wash the tools (instead of disinfecting them), which may not remove all microscopic residues. This bacteria in this residue can spread, which allows room for major complications in what may be an otherwise simple surgery. Would you want surgical tools with residue from the previous surgery used on you or your loved one?

Ultrasonic Washers Guarantee Cleaner Instruments

An ultrasonic washer is a solution that goes above and beyond, guaranteeing cleaner, faster results every time. By using a combination of disinfecting processes, the ultrasonic washers clean instruments inside and out in less than 40 minutes.

So how does it work? A 9-step process leaves instruments thoroughly cleaned inside and out.

  1. Instruments are loaded into the washer. Cannulated instruments are attached to one of 24 ports, and non-cannulated instruments are placed in the tray. You can use your own baskets or new ones.
  2. Push the start button—that’s it. The washer will take care of the rest of the cycle automatically.surgical tool ultrasonic automatic washer
  3. The tank fills and the ports are flushed with 120°F water and enzymatic solution, which the instruments soak in for 21 minutes. This loosens any debris in preparation for the next steps.
  4. The washer flushes a mixture of air and fresh water through the ports. Due to ultrasonic action, microbubbles formed within the tube implode to dislodge any bioburden.
  5. The ports flush 196°F fresh water through the cannulated instruments for four minutes. This occurs three separate times in one wash cycle.
  6. The drains open to empty the wash tank.
  7. An 196°F fresh water spray rinses the exterior of the instruments for another four minutes.
  8. A two-minute cold water ozone spray removed contaminates without leaving chemical deposits.
  9. A staff member removes the tools from the washer, which are ready for the sterilization process.

Take Charge of Your Hospital’s Patient Safety

If you want a fast way to improve patient safety and satisfaction, contact Southwest Solutions Group® for a free consultation to see if the ultrasonic washer is the right choice for your hospital. We strive to find the right solution that meets all of our client’s varied needs. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

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