Small choices add up – you may think that it doesn’t matter much from where your pen or the desk it is sitting upon was purchased, but your department’s purchasing decisions definitely make an impact. The U spends millions of dollars each year on products and services that help keep our campus running. Both the University’s and the State of Utah’s Purchasing Departments have many competitive contracts in place for commonly used goods and services. Check out the Supplier Directory for a list of contracted providers including multiple on-campus vendors. Use the vendors listed in the Supplier Directory whenever possible so you will likely receive the best product and service available to the U at the best price. There are additional benefits of doing business with the vendors in the Supplier Directory including:
- Consolidate the University’s business with fewer vendors to help reduce emissions by having fewer delivery trucks and sales/service people visiting campus.
- The University or State has ongoing business relationships with the vendors in the Supplier Directory. This gives us some assurance and leverage to be able to resolve any issues or disputes that can arise over the course of the contract.
- Rewarding contracted vendors with our business provides an incentive to vendors to continue to offer competitive contract prices in the future.
Please take the time to review your department’s purchasing activities! The Purchasing Department can help by providing reports that cover both PCard and AP transactions. Contact John Arlen by e-mail or call him at 801-581-4022 to schedule a spend review for your department.
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