New Online Education Marketplace To Launch in Early 2016
founder of The Princeton Review and 2U will
launch an Amazon-like online marketplace for education products and
early next year. Noodle Markets will also provide
administrators with tools to streamline procurement processes such as
requests for proposal (RFPs).
Katzman's Noodle Companies will open the free
marketplace to K-12 educators, according to a release from the company,
make it easier to connect buyers and sellers.
who founded The Princeton Review, said, "Noodle
Markets will help the best education companies and tools stand out and
remove friction from the buying process. This is a win for education
and chief product architect will be Nicole
Neal, who was most recently president of the Education Solutions Group
Education Consulting and Solutions and previously senior vice president
major accounts at Pearson Education.
have the opportunity to change the landscape
of how K-12 educational institutions buy products and services," Neal
right products will get into the hands of students and teachers as
efficiently as possible."
the online platform will not go live until
early next year, education suppliers can now register to join it in
for the launch.
to company representatives, procurement
officers will save time and increase competition for their RFPs by
Markets' bid creation and communication platform. Likewise, vendors
will have a
uniform bidding process available to them, allowing them to connect
with schools and districts.
district knows from experience that finding
excellent products and digital resources is far too challenging today,"
Ken Eastwood, superintendent of the Middleton (NY) City School
look forward to using these tools."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.