Skip to Content

How Batteries Plus Helped Texas A&M University Save On Their Battery Budget

For Professionals - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 9/29/2023

Two men walking the halls of a school with red lockers

Today's schools face the challenge of providing a quality education on an ever-shrinking budget. This is particularly true in many universities where lower enrollment rates have led to economic deficits. If you're struggling to make the most of your battery dollars, Batteries Plus can help. We are the power supplier of choice for over 9,100 schools ranging from preschool and elementary facilities to major universities like Texas A&M University. We offer significant savings through our E&I Group Purchasing Organization contract. Plus, we can help eliminate supply chain delays and simplify your ordering by consolidating your spending under a single supplier.

What is E&I?

E&I is a member-owned non-profit purchasing cooperative that serves the education industry. Through our partnership with them, Texas A&M University was able to save over 37% by taking advantage of our E&I agreement. This competitively awarded contract allows you to save money and time by allowing you to purchase products that have already gone through a formal RFP process. Here are the contract highlights:

  • A significant discount off regular retail pricing on over 100 core items
  • Up to 40% discount on non-contract items
  • Online ordering and full punchout capabilities

What Items are Offered in the E&I Contract?

Our specially priced core items include batteries that are essential for universities, including:

  • AGM batteries for UPS backups, emergency lighting and floor scrubbers
  • SLI batteries for cars, trucks, buses and other fleet vehicles
  • Lithium disposable batteries for keyless door locks, home security systems and touchless sinks, toilets & paper towel dispensers
  • Alkaline batteries for clocks, remotes, smoke detectors and fire alarms
  • Lighting solutions ranging from ballasts, LED & fluorescent bulbs

Batteries Plus Offers On-Hand Inventory and Flexible Delivery Options

At Batteries Plus, we make it easy to get the essentials you need when you need them. We have over 700 stores throughout the U.S. with on-hand inventory that is ready for immediate fulfillment. Our local stores provide our clients with flexible delivery options, as well as the option of picking up last-minute or emergency items at their neighborhood stores, which are open seven days a week, including evening hours.

Our Batteries Plus stores are locally owned and operated small businesses, including many HUBs. By purchasing from Batteries Plus, you are supporting local, small business owners, including many women, minority and veteran franchisees.

What are the Additional Benefits of Batteries Plus?

When you partner with Batteries Plus, we'll put our experts to work for you. Oftentimes, we can recommend a more efficient battery or lighting product, saving you money, as well as the labor costs of constantly replacing it. Here are a few additional benefits:

  • Free On-Site or Virtual Needs Assessments - We'll come to your school and help identify opportunities to improve your battery and device usage.
  • Dedicated Personal Account Representative - Your account rep is available in person, online or over the phone to offer advice and answer questions.
  • Competitive Volume Pricing - We'll work closely with your school to create special product and pricing packages to match your needs and budget.
  • Device Repair Service - Our stores repair phones and tablets, saving you the cost of replacing them.
  • Recycling Services - Not sure what to do with your spent batteries and bulbs? We'll help you dispose of them responsibly.

Start Saving Today with Batteries Plus

Are you looking for a way to save money, eliminate supply chain delays and consolidate your ordering under a single supplier? Robby Bounds, the Executive Director of Procurement Services for Texas A&M University recommended Batteries Plus, "This collaboration allows the university to leverage the purchasing power offered by the E&I Cooperative Services agreement, resulting in substantial price reductions and improved efficiencies through the university's e-procurement platform."

If you're struggling to stretch your power and lighting spending, sign up today   for a free Batteries Plus business account. You'll be glad that you did.

Learn about partnering with Batteries Plus?

Learn about Business Accounts