Go2GPO is a Meri M. Stockwell, LLC Company and a WBENC Certified, Women Owned, Group Purchasing Organization. Our company’s mission is to assist our Group Members and Supplier Partners come together to maximize their strategic business objectives by increasing their market share, streamlining their processes and leveraging their collective procurement spend to “lower” their Operational costs and save them hard dollars!
What we do
As professional Supply Chain managers, we utilize our extensive experience, vast supplier network and a very focused Category management process to deliver consistent value, drive compliance and maximize customer satisfaction. We continually strive to create “win-win-win”, insightful and scalable strategies for select, indirect spend categories and to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes for our Group Members, critical Supplier Partners and Go2GPO. We do this by leveraging the total combined spend of all our Group Client Members and then by joining closely with our carefully selected Supplier Partners to continually focus on their Assurance of Supply, Regulatory Compliance, Quality, Service, Cost, enhanced Technologies and their latest Product/Service Innovations.
Then, through extensive analysis and leveraged supplier partnerships, we provide pre-negotiated agreements that lower costs, simplify existing order processes and enhance critical/related data gathering. This comprehensive Category Management oversight ensures cost competitiveness, continual product/technology innovations and the strongest partnerships and true collaborations with our Supplier Partners that save money and optimize operational efficiencies.
Our demonstrated goal is to collectively operate our Group Purchasing Organization as the “first sourcing choice” for Small, Women, Minority and Veteran owned businesses, not-for-profit businesses, educational institutions and other organizations seeking both high-value contract opportunities and optimal choices for a broad/growing array of products and services. We also are very confident that this carefully molded “relationship based” business model will enable companies to reduce their worry and cost of sourcing, help maximize their procurement expenditures with most favored customer pricing and take advantage of a host of other value-added Supply Chain Management services that will keep you engaged now and in the future…
There are no costs to join Go2GPO
and savings begin from day one.
It is easy and risk-free to join.
Our Management Team
Meri M Stockwell, MBA, CEP
President & Founder
Meri is an extremely accomplished Procurement Executive and Consultant with a broad range of global experience and expertise in many Supply Chain areas including Procurement, Operations, Quality, Organizational Design and Development, Talent Acquisition and Management, Negotiations, Strategic Sourcing and Category Management. As a senior leader in both large corporations and private equity firms, Meri has led teams in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Although she is more professionally known for driving results (bottom and top line), engaging stakeholders, delivering value, increasing cultural awareness and leading critical change management implementations, Meri also shares a very “active” personal life and life-long love and exciting adventures with her (very precious and sometimes “precocious”) two adorable Schnoodles – Seaira & Pebbles.
Meri is a strong, demonstrated strategic visionary leader with a continual focus on increasing corporate financial strength. She has solid financial and operational skills including the ability to perform complex global supplier negotiations. Along with strong business acumen, she also has the ability to quickly grasp and positively impact a company’s desire for strategic growth and it’s key profit/performance metrics. Meri has an open “well-honed” executive presence and thus possesses the ability to work across a very wide range of interpersonal styles and cultures. Meri consistently exceeds cost reduction targets and in total has saved companies just shy of $1 billion dollars!
Meri is a sought after public speaker and is a Certified Energy Procurement Professional. She has served on the ISM National Diversity Committee and as President, and Program Director for ISM Florida Gulf Coast. Meri proudly serves on the St. Petersburg College LINCS Advisory Board for Supply Chain Management.
Meri earned her Masters of Business Administration from Saint Leo University, herBachelor’s of Arts Degree from Eckerd College and she has attended an Executive Leadership program at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Meri has recently graduated from the Small Business Executive Entrepreneur program through
The Jim Moran Institute at Florida State University. She was a scholarship award winner.
John T. Bittrich, Jr., CPM, PRC
Vice President, Recruitment & Supply Chain Consulting
John is an energetic, creative, “hands-on” certified and results/metrics oriented professional. He has significant global management experience and exceptional achievements spanning several industry sectors – Electronics, Healthcare, Printing, Direct Marketing, Manufacturing, Energy, Aerospace/Defense, Big Box/Retail, Instrumentation & Controls, Pharmaceutical and in every aspect of lean Supply Chain/Materials Management including indirect and direct Strategic Sourcing, Manufacturing, advanced MRP/ERP implementations, Commodity Management, Production Planning, Spend Analysis, Negotiations, Logistics, Warehouse Operations, Distribution, E-sourcing, Transportation, Contract Management and Organizational Team building.
John is also a well respected Supply Chain Management Consultant, a certified CPM and a successful AIRS Certified, Executive Recruiter. He is very active with ISM Florida Gulf Coast, serves on the LINCS Supply Chain Advisory Board at St. Petersburg College and also teaches several SCM courses as an Adjunct Instructor at the college as well.
John earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from St. Francis College, University of New England and has completed Executive Management Programs at both Sloan/MIT and Kellogg/Northwestern Universities.
Manny Samson, MBA
Sr. Supply Chain Consultant and Engagement Director
Manny is a subject matter expert Practioner with 20 years of varied Business Consulting/Services experience. Manny has a broad background in Procurement, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Manny has extensive leadership experience in managing Strategic Sourcing activities; developing Sourcing Strategies, Supply Chain activities, Manufacturing, Quality and E-procurement initiatives. His broad experience spans across various industries and geographies. Manny has held various leadership and staff positions with both strategic and operational responsibilities on a global basis. He has also consistently demonstrated strong project management and communication skills, along with team leadership capabilities during his many different assignments in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Manny has earned a Master’s of Business Administration (Finance) from Marist and hisBachelor’s of Science (Marketing) SUNY New Paltz. Manny is also Bi-lingual (French / English)
What People Are Saying
We placed our first order as a member of Go2GPO with ZipZatz (Office Zilla) and could not believe the ease of the purchase. I was looking for a few specific items and had no problem finding them on their site. The pre-negotiated prices were great and the customer service I received was excellent. We will definitely be using them more often; especially with receiving our order the very next business day. I was hesitant to try anywhere other than the two known office supply chains, however, this shows that trying something new can pay off.
We can’t wait to leverage our spend for all of the other categories within Go2GPO!Kim Sanford
Do you remember the days when a recruiter did more than collect resumes from the web and send them to you? Don’t you long for the days when a recruiter found the hidden candidate and screened candidates specifically for your needs?
Meri Stockwell and John Bittrich of Meri M. Stockwell, LLC are the kind of recruiters every business owners wishes they had. They not only recruit from multiple sources but more importantly screen candidates for cultural fit and technical skills as if they were hiring the candidate themselves.
The two senior management executives they recruited for my company contributed immediately to our bottom line and have strongly embraced and strengthened our culture. I strongly recommend Meri and John for your recruiting needs.Dr. Nancy Crews
We have been in the office products industry for over 30 years and Go2GPO is an innovative solution for all businesses to save time and money. ZipZatz is thrilled to be an exclusive supplier of over 50,000 office supplies, janitorial products, furniture and more to Go2GPO businesses. ZipZatz and Go2GPO have done the work for you to make buying your supplies the easiest it has ever been. Start today so you can focus on your customers rather than suppliers.Susan Baker
Team ZipZatz has extensive experience in the office products industry. ZipZatz is thrilled to be the sole supplier of over 50,000 office supplies, janitorial products, furniture and more to Go2GPO members. ZipZatz and Go2GPO have done the work for you to make buying your supplies the easiest it has ever been. Let’s get started!Barb Chenoweth
Meri, I wanted to thank you for all your help in making my business more profitable! When you explained to me over a year ago that I could be purchasing with more of an advantage by asking for rebates based on volume from my supply base, I laughed! I thought it was not worth the effort. Now, as I am getting over $8K in rebate money, I would love to thank you! You have a very disarming approach and I am so happy to be working with you.Camille Tanner Austin
As a certified women owned business we realize the strategic importance of having a diverse supply and member base. We proudly partner with small, minority, veteran and LGBT owned businesses. We also help our supply base partner with our member base to drive spend through their diversity programs. This is a very unique approach and we value this as a very important corporate and social responsibility. Companies must be nationally certified to be recognized through our Supplier Diversity program. Go2GPO accepts certification from:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
- Small Business Administration
- Association for Service Disabled Veterans
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (LGBTBE)
How does this change our current purchasing operation?
There is no interruption or disruption in your operation as you continue purchasing directly from our nationally endorsed Supplier Partners. Orders are delivered directly to your back door. When you enroll, you are gaining access to thousands of brand name products through our Supplier Partner’s massive network, and at lower prices, as part of our pre-negotiated contract agreements. Our simplified ordering process will guide you through a streamlined “lower cost/best practice” procurement process that is both easy to use and delivers documented savings.
Why should we use this program?
First, there is absolutely no cost to you. Secondly, our Go2GPO teams are industry experts in Supply Management with a wide range of expertise, including hands-on negotiations, category management and strategy development. We take a personalized partnership/team-building approach that adds value to all operational relationships. We understand key commodity drivers and market factors, and we maintain partnerships with best-in class Supplier Partners. The right products and services, at the best price and when you need them. You’ll be happy with the impact to your bottom line.
Why not do this internally?
Implementation of new initiatives requires special skills, which may be in short supply internally. Our team has the expertise and resources available to rapidly deploy new programs with success so your internal resources never have to stop building customer satisfaction and company growth.
We need to control key proprietary items. Is this possible?
With our program, you can continue to source key products and negotiate with key manufacturers or allow us to assist you. This flexibility allows our members to focus resources while also maintaining control over their entire spectrum of products and services.
We have a great agreement. Why would we take time for this?
You may be right, but how do you keep on top of an ever-changing market and obtain lower costs? With Go2GPO, you have the best agreement and the operational expertise necessary to lower your costs and more effectively manage your spend. When you work with the procurement experts at Go2GPO, you can focus more of your attention on your customers and your company’s growth.
Why will some Supplier Partners need to charge a delivery fee if we do not meet their minimum order requirements?
Some Supplier Partners will need to add a delivery fee to cover the cost of shipping on smaller orders that do not meet their minimum order size required for free shipping. In those cases we recommend increased efficiencies and lowered costs by consolidating your orders.
How much will we save?
Savings will vary by category and contract. Savings typically and range from 5% – 45% off your current costs.
What is a supply chain?
A supply chain is actually a complex and dynamic supply and demand network. A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move in a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. Supply Chain Management involves coordinating and integrating these flows both within and among companies.
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