A Committee was established by The Jewish Charities to consider a central purchasing program for two general hospitals, one special hospital, two Homes for aged, and the child care institution affiliated with The Jewish Charities of Chicago. A plan was implemented involving the engagement by the charities of an experienced purchasing agent who would act in an advisory capacity to the agencies and would, in fact, serve as their buyer. The latter plan was finally adopted as it was felt that it did not interfere with the autonomy of the agencies, and made better provision for meeting the somewhat different needs of each agency among other advantages. The agencies had a positive outlook concerning the plan because they felt it gave them the benefits of expert advice and of the economies that can be affected by large-scale buying.
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Bernberg, Bernard. A Central Purchasing Plan in a Federation. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. June 1948: