As your president-elect, I am excited to tell you about WDASupplySource.com. I’ve been waiting for months to test the dental supply savings of our newest member-only benefit from the Wisconsin Dental Association.
I am a partner in a Madison area group practice that has seven doctors and two locations. We order a lot of supplies. Our practice is fortunate to get volume pricing on a number of items through our regular national vendor. I was hopeful that perhaps we could save more.
When I learned what WDASupplySource.com could do, we mailed in our last two months of invoices and within a week, they gave us a price comparison report for the exact same items: same sizes, same quantities and same SKU codes. There were a few products offered as alternatives if they did not carry the identical product and we were asked if we wanted some free samples to try. Otherwise, they quoted only exact matches. The samples came via free shipping the following week. Even with our preferred pricing from our national supplier, we found the price of some very common, top-selling items could be beat on WDASupplySource.com.
I set up the account in our practice name and designated our supply staff person’s name and email as the primary purchaser for order confirmation emails and invoicing. I shared with her a dedicated password, so she could get started.
Best of all, WDASupplySource.com took that price comparison report and set up a shopping list for our practice based on what we had already ordered elsewhere. Now, we go to the website, look up “My List” and order, or do a search of other available products. Our first order came in four business days direct from the product manufacturer – free shipping and full warranties.
We still expect to use our national vendor for those products for which we get preferred pricing, but we are going to save what we can with WDASupplySource.com. Every dollar we save goes straight to the practice’s bottom line.
As a member of your leadership team, I am also pleased to tell you that two percent of all WDA Supply Source sales are returned to your state association each month. This revenue helps us hold the line on membership dues, while continuing to offer new and innovative programs and services.
I encourage you to do your own price comparison by submitting a few of your recent supply invoices to [email protected]. If you are part of a one, two, or three dentist practice, your savings will be greater. Thanks to the purchasing power of your 2,300 practicing WDA dentist colleagues, this new venture gives you the volume pricing that large practices can demand.
Let me know what you think…