Bringing You the Tools for Success

From textbooks to computers to playground equipment, ISS School Supply helps schools around the world streamline purchasing and save money. Leveraging new technology, we work to meet the purchasing and shipping needs of over 100 schools each year, all while minimizing paperwork and headaches. Our client schools are located everywhere from Kazakhstan to Costa Rica, and range in size from less than 10 students to more than 3,500.

OUR VENDORS

ISS is actively involved with more than 1,000 school supply vendors in North America, Europe and Australia. As a result, we offer international schools access to materials and equipment with significant cost savings and full administrative follow-through. Individual schools can benefit from our buying power, resources and the efficiencies resulting from consolidated shipping.

OUR SHIPPING AGENTS

Our shipping agents are experts at quickly and reliably sending materials to small remote locations, to big cities and any easy or challenging location in between. Our experience in managing the requirements of so many different countries pays dividends for schools who need their supplies before the school year begins!

OUR PROMISE

ISS Account Representatives processed close to 15,000 individual orders last year with hundreds of different vendors, while never losing sight of our mission to help improve the education of children worldwide. That means providing the best customer service, the highest quality school supplies at the lowest price possible, packed and shipped to arrive safely and on time.

Benefits of Supplying with ISS

SINGLE ISS
POINT OF CONTACT

Instead of juggling multiple school supply vendors and contacts, you’ll work with one dedicated ISS purchasing representative who will place and manage orders on your behalf and follow up from the time you order until the shipment arrives at your school.

COST
SAVINGS

Through our many vendor partnerships, ISS has negotiated significant discounts with many popular vendors to pass on directly to your school. We also work with our freight forwarder to provide all necessary export documentation, and assist whenever possible to expedite clearance and delivery of the goods.

WAREHOUSING
AND CONSOLIDATION

ISS owns and operates our own warehouse, which allows us to focus entirely on serving you. Our dedicated staff uses custom software to track all items from order through receipt, storage, shipment and delivery – so you can know the status of your orders at any time.

PAYING
AGENT

ISS will pay vendors on your behalf immediately upon receiving invoices. We then consolidate all of the vendor invoices onto a single monthly ISS invoice that provides line item detail of all your purchases and costs. The Paying Agent service allows your business office to focus on sending one bill instead of multiple transactions.

Partners and Products

Vendor Partners

ISS saves schools money through discounts negotiated with hundreds of school supply vendors, including:

  • Delta Education/Foss
  • Dick Blick
  • Follett Library Services
  • Frey Scientific
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Lakeshore
  • McGraw Hill
  • PCM Sales
  • Scholastic
  • School Specialty
  • Virco Furniture
  • Ward’s Science/VWR International, LLC
  • Woodwind and Brasswind

WHAT'S AVAILABLE

From biology books to beakers to badminton rackets, ISS is your go-to source for school supplies. Here are just a few examples of what ISS can provide for your educational institution:

  • Textbooks
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Digital Resources and Subscriptions
  • Lab Equipment
  • Musical Instruments
  • Sporting Goods
  • Furniture

Getting Started

Each year, ISS works with over 100 schools, helping them meet their comprehensive supply needs. Here’s how to get started:

1

Fill out our contact form. You’ll be contacted by a representative to assess your school needs and how we can help.

2

Develop and sign an agreement that works for your school before ordering materials.

3

You will be assigned your own ISS Account Representative, who will ensure personalized service and a high attention to your school's individualized needs.

Connect with ISS

 

What’s Next?

Your Account Representative will work with you to develop a list of supplies and materials needed. ISS will work within the individual timeline of your schools, with an understanding of school culture.

Your orders will be placed and managed through our Princeton office.

We work with over 1,000 vendors to make certain that schools receive the best price and materials. ISS operates and manages its own US-based warehouse, allowing us to minimize errors and to consolidate all shipments promptly.

Testimonials

“For the last 23 years, I have seen ISS as an absolute professional organization. The packing, documentation and follow on queries related ordering have been done in a very organized way. I had privilege of visiting ISS offices and warehouse twice. Meeting ISS staff and seeing how orders are processed at their end definitely helped us to modify our system to handle orders in an efficient manner. The regular presence of ISS representatives at international school conventions helps us to discuss matters of improving the total ordering process for ISS and the school.”

- Hemant Dutia, Business Manager, American International School of Muscat, Oman

If only we could find comparable partners here in Europe - ISS are second-to-none in terms of efficiency, flexibility and speed. With a huge variety of excellent vendors on-hand, combined with a dedicated, conscientious and committed account manager, ISS does a great job in terms of communication, pricing, consolidation and delivery for our school situated here in Belgium. A definite 10 out of 10!

- Peter Aitchison, Procurement & Logistics Manager, The International School of Brussels, Belgium

School Supply Supplement

Place an ad in our School Supply Supplement and reach nearly 700 schools before they begin purchasing for the upcoming school year.

News & Resources

School Supply Patterns »

Every item a school orders tells a story. Read about some ordering trends our team has noticed over the years.

Are you ready to deliver success?
Download ISS School Supply Guide »

Frequently Asked Questions

ISS requires a school to sign a purchasing agreement before purchases can be made through ISS. The agreement is straightforward and lays out the terms of the relationship clearly for all.

No, although ordering in bulk can help save costs by consolidating orders for shipping, a school is free to order on their own as well. ISS handles and is responsible for any orders placed through our service, but does not have to be the sole provider for a school's ordering.

Turnover time varies based upon materials ordered, the vendor, and time of year. ISS Account Representatives manage orders closely and ensure that consolidation benefits are maximized. We can expedite immediate orders and arrange shipping by air freight or courier but recommend advance planning and sea shipment to ensure the lowest cost to you.

Your school’s dedicated ISS School Supply Account Rep will work with you individually to set up a timeline based on shipping times to your location and taking into consideration you school's unique needs.

Absolutely. Just specify the exact requirements for specialized paperwork required by customs and ISS will prepare the documentation for any shipments sent.

Here are some things to remember when placing orders to help avoid delays in getting orders processed:

  • Ordering directly from publishers and manufacturers saves time and money.
  • Complete the ISS Purchase Order form completely and accurately for each order.
  • Place as many orders at the same time as possible and as early in the school year as possible.  Longer lead time on orders gives us the opportunity to manage cancelled and back ordered items and fill your shipment efficiently.

ISS does not typically ship Hazardous Material additionally we are unable to ship materials restricted for export by suppliers/publishers or by US Fish & Wildlife.