A buying group is an organization made up of small businesses that band together so they can negotiate as a larger group to receive better pricing and terms on goods and services from vendors. Read about the different buying groups in our industry to decide which is right for your practice and what the benefits are.
Block Business Group members receive significant purchasing discounts from the industry’s leading suppliers of frames, lenses, laboratory services, contact lenses, and optical equipment. Practice management resources are available to members through our monthly newsletter, online video series, annual business academy, online CE, and our endorsed practice builder affiliates.
C&E is dedicated to providing the basis for the IEP’s success by making available to its member’s maximum discounts from the optical industry’s leading vendors, as well as offering a complete range of web based account management services to enable the IEP to reduce the time and money spent on practice management. With My C&E, C&E’s Members Only Web Portal, members are able to download vendor invoices, manage their frame displays, view frame information and much more.
Size matters when it comes to wholesale optical purchasing. The combined purchasing power of HEA’s 10,000 ECPs translates to new vendor programs for even lower cost of goods and increased bottom line profitability for all of our members. HEA has long-standing relationships with all of your preferred vendors. Whether it’s your ‘go-to’ supplier in any given product category or ancillary vendors you use to buy what you want when you want, HEA is the single source partner that gives you easy access to programs with 275 of the industry’s best.
Our member-base of over 3,000 independent optometrists means more buying power for you. Improve your bottom line by taking advantage of our vendor savings, exclusive for IDOC members. With over 50 vendor partner programs, we offer pricing discounts designed to lower your cost of goods on products, services, and equipment you use everyday in your business. View a complete list of IDOC preferred vendor partners below. Enjoy enhanced savings opportunities through vendor rebates that do not require growth, so you can begin earning on the first dollar spent.
IVA is a nationwide group purchasing organization comprised of the most successful independent eyecare practices in the United States. Working together as a group is what helps us to achieve the best value for the group as a whole. IVA is free to join, and members are not subject to monthly or annual fees. We are highly unique and second-to-none for those that qualify. Discover why our 4000 plus members have made IVA the clear choice for high-volume practices. By limiting our membership to $1,000,000 practices and above, we are able to negotiate some of the best programs in the industry. You can be assured, the elite status of IVA members will always motivate vendors to deliver exceptional programs. View our vendors.
Opti-Port is a national alliance of leading multi-office eye care providers that leverages the combined strength of its member companies to provide revenue enhancing, cost saving, and market expanding opportunities. We do this by offering a common solutions platform focused on Group Purchasing, Web Technology, Education & Training, and Marketing Solutions. Working together in this manner, allows our members much stronger advantages than doing business on their own.
(PECAA) Professional Eye Care Associates of America
Whether an established practice or new, PECAA delivers customized tools, progressive tactics, business advice, marketing support, education, vendor relationships and peer-to-peer camaraderie to help fuel practice success. PECAA’s group buying power connects Members to 70+ vendors offering discounts up to 50%. On average, Members save enough in discounts & rebates to triple their return on their Membership investment. PECAA Members receive some of the industry’s most competitive discounts on leading products, services and equipment.
PERC is a nationwide group purchasing organization comprised of the most successful independent eyecare practices in the United States. Working together as a group is what helps us to achieve the best value for the group as a whole. PERC is free to join, and members are not subject to monthly or annual fees. We are highly unique and second-to-none for those that qualify. Discover why our 4000 plus members have made PERC the clear choice for high-volume practices. PERC has Premier status with many vendors, translating into extraordinary value for our members. By limiting our membership to $1,000,000 practices and above, we are able to negotiate some of the best programs in the industry. You can be assured, the elite status of PERC members will always motivate vendors to deliver exceptional programs.
PEN’s vendor panel is comprised of the finest providers in the industry and includes those who support the ideals and goals of our PEN members. PEN has negotiated the highest discounts for our members. Some vendors provide an additional discount which is passed on to our members in the form of reduced administration fees. In addition to the listed discounts, PEN’s Cooperative Bonus Program provides an opportunity for you to receive a check within the first quarter of the following year, for up to 1% of your qualifying total annual purchases.
Whether you bill $500 or $5,000 per month with any or all of your preferred vendors, you will receive our best discounts on every lab, frame and contact lens purchase. Red Tray Network requires no monthly minimums to ‘qualify’ for our discounts, yet the average volume per Red Tray member is five times greater than other groups. Because our members save 3-17% MORE across the board, most elect to bill their lab and contact lens purchases, along with their frames, through their Red Tray account. Membership Is FREE – No Minimums. No Contracts.
The Alliance Buying Group is the eye care industry’s leading purchasing alliance for optical supplies, equipment and optical eyewear services. As a member of The Alliance Buying Group optical professionals can enjoy the benefits of group purchasing power with our vendors to save on optometry supplies, eyewear products and services from the industry’s leading suppliers.
We are a family owned and managed business in continuous operation since 1980. We pride ourselves as having the finest reputation for accurate, prompt and detailed monthly statements. We also provide a yearly summation of your purchases from each supplier, listed and totaled by month, to help with planning and budgeting.We offer discounts up to 3% better than most other groups. This means you realize greater cash flow savings from each purchase, which allows you more profit and/or more competitive prices to your customers. Compare and review our price discount list to other groups’ pricing and you will see for yourself. We add no extra management fee. All we ask is that you use at least three (3) of our suppliers.
Vision West has been the preferred optical buying group for the Independent Eye Care Provider, with over 3,000 members across the country. Members receive discounts from the largest selection of vendors in the buying group industry. Vision West passes on the full discount and accepts deferred billing from all of our vendors. Additional savings programs, special events, and exciting promotions are constantly being negotiated and offered to Vision West members.