HostGPO is the first international Group Purchasing Organization (“GPO”) for the short-term rental industry. We help our members save time and money by offering access to exclusive deals on furniture, supplies, and more from the best vendors. No more scouring retail stores for linens and towels, no more waiting for Black Friday online furniture deals, no more haggling for bulk discounts with your local mattress store. We harnessed the collective buying power of our group to negotiate the guaranteed best deals for our industry with a curated group of select vendor partners whose products are ideal for short-term rentals. Whether you are setting up new units, replacing damaged items, or simply restocking supplies - HostGPO has you covered!
While we are certainly a “procurement and supply chain management solution”, we are first and foremost a community built by hosts for hosts. We combine and share the collective knowledge and purchasing insights of thousands of hosts into one source. Our goal is to make all our lives easier by streamlining ordering, make our businesses more profitable by lowering costs, and to deliver amazing experiences to guests by providing better products.
Our community is quickly growing and the larger we get, the better our deals will become. Come join us!
What is a Group Purchasing Organization?
- A group purchasing organization (GPO) is an entity that helps its members realize savings and efficiencies by aggregating purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate favorable terms with various vendors. A lot of industries have GPOs already, from healthcare to hotels - but HostGPO is the first group to do this in the vacation rentals industry.
I just signed up to join, why can’t I log in?
- Once you submit your application to join, you will have to have an onboarding call first before we can approve you. Once you are approved during your onboarding call you will be able to log in to the member portal at members.hostgpo.com.
What the heck is an onboarding call and why do I need one?
The onboarding call usually takes around 10 minutes and serves a few purposes: (1) we verify you qualify to join our group and approve your account (2) we get to know you and your business so we can help guide you towards the right offerings, and (3) we can show you how the member portal works and explain how to start ordering through HostGPO’s deals. Forget to schedule one? You can book a call here.
How much does membership cost after the first year?
- The short answer is, we don’t know! HostGPO is a new concept and we are still in the start-up phase. We feel like until we have a complete offering of vendor partners, you shouldn’t have to pay. That’s why we guarantee it will be free for a year, and when we do decide to charge it will depend on how big our group is - the larger we get, the less we’ll have to charge. What we can tell you is that you aren’t subscribing to anything by signing up and we do not collect any payment information from you - and when we do decide to charge it will ask you to opt-in.
What kinds of discounts are we talking about here and why can’t you just tell me?
- It’s definitely frustrating to not be able to tell you upfront exactly WHAT the deals are, but we are contractually obligated to keep that information confidential until someone becomes a member! What we CAN tell you is that most discounts are between 30-75% and most members save an average of 52% on their purchases.
Is there anything else besides just discounted prices?
So happy you asked! Yes, the discounts are just the surface of what HostGPO is able to offer its members. You will also get access to hospitality products not available to the general public, access to wholesale purchasing usually only given to multi-million dollar companies and preferable terms including shipping speeds and designated customer service representatives. Not to mention, access to the collective buying trends of the group saving you tons of time on finding the best products.
This is just too good to be true...how do you make money?
We are in the start-up phase and we plan to charge a membership fee when we get big enough. Again, how much we eventually charge will probably depend on how big the group is at that time. That said, we do charge vendors for promotion and marketing and to keep the lights and the website running for now. We are also hoping to hold vacation rental conferences in the future to get our community together. Ultimately, this is just the beginning of something much greater and until we feel it’s fair to charge our members, we are going to keep this free and clear.
How did we choose our vendors?
We chose our vendors because they are industry leaders whose products we use in our own units. Many of them were suggested to us by BY HostGPO members.
Am I buying these products from you?
No, we are not a party to any purchases made by our members. Our role is simply to facilitate and help guide purchases.
Are these deals on all products or just “certain items”?
No - our discounts apply to nearly all items from each vendor, not just certain styles or SKUs. We think that is important so that our members get to design and define their units as they see fit.
What do you mean by “international”?
HostGPO currently has members in the US, Canada, and Mexico! Most of our vendors will ship to all three territories, though a handful are still restricted just to the US. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate in letting us know. We are excited about our expansion in other countries as well. If you’d like to join HostGPO but you live outside of our current geographic zones, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and country to be added to the list to get notified when we start offering memberships to your region!
Do I qualify to join HostGPO?
HostGPO members must have at least three vacation rental units to join. Those units can be actively running units or new units you’re in the process of setting up. Some exceptions can be made, for example for members of our trade association partners and members of some vacation rental group partners. If you have questions about whether you qualify, or if you think there’s an exception for you feel free to contact us, using the live chat below, e-mail us at email@example.com, or feel free to submit an application and we can review it with you during your onboarding call.
Can I tell other people about HostGPO?
Yes...and no. Yes, please please tell other hosts and vacation rental groups about us. The more members we have, the stronger we get, the better our vendor deals become, and more money and time you save. That said, HostGPO is a group for hosts and people in the short term rental industry, so you are not allowed to share these deals with your Aunt Stacy...sorry Aunt Stacy.
Are there more vendors than I can see?
Yes, we are constantly updating and improving on our vendor list. The ones displayed on our main page just scratch the surface. If you want to know more or have other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
How big is HostGPO?
HostGPO’s members collectively represent over 50,000 vacation rental units and we are constantly growing. Those members are as small as 3-unit hosts and as large as 3,000-units+. Each member is equally important to us, and we are all in this together!