What are Buying Groups and how do they work?
A buying group, in our industry, is an organization joined by optometrists and opticians, who collectively receive, among other things, preferred pricing on optical products and services.
How long has Combine Buying Group been serving Optical Professionals?
Combine Buying Group has been providing buying group services to optometrists and opticians since 1981.
What value does Combine provide my business?
We know running a small business can be difficult, complicated and time consuming. Combine Buying Group, and its combined purchasing power, provides access to products, brands and pricing that you would not otherwise get as an independent business. One single bill, organized and audited every month insures you are accurately billed and all credits applied. The time saving alone allows you to focus on the business of selling Optical products and services, rather than book keeping and administration.
How can Combine Buying Group save me time?
No longer will you have to:
Just 1 Bill, Organized and verified by your Combine Buying Group Team
How do I order products and how I am billed?
When you apply and are an approved Combine member you will gain access to our Portal. Your account is set up with all approved Combine Buying Group vendor partners. The process is simple and easy, with minimal information and time required on your part. Each month you get an organized bill of all purchases, organized by vendor, complete with discount adjustments, credits and all applicable taxes.
How do I find out about promotions and deals?
Every month suppliers compete for your attention. We propose and review all promotional offers, organize promotions by category, negotiate with vendors, and present to you a consistent and impactful selection of promotions to grow your business. You have complete decision making power on which promotions you chose and how you customize them for your business.
What services does Combine Buying Group provide?
What is the process for applying for a member account?
To join a group, you will complete an application that includes your credit information. After a successful credit check, the group will inform your supplier that you are now a member of a buying group, and will request that your future bills be sent to the group, rather than to you directly. The group will amalgamate your bills at the end of each month, deducting your suppliers’ discounts, and send you a consolidated net bill for payment. Note: Some suppliers require a separate application process, in addition to ours.
What method and terms apply to my monthly bills?
We pay our vendors immediately at month end. Our discounts and privileges rely on our members paying in 20 days. If a supplier has extended terms, you are billed accordingly.
Who do I call if I have a problem with my statement or a vendor?
We have an experienced and dedicated team who will talk to you live and solve any vendor or statement questions you may have. We have excellent relationships with our vendor partners, and with few exceptions, we solve problems and answer questions the same day or faster.