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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES CONTRACT

STATE CONTRACT NUMBER MA087

As of July 31, 2012 the temporary bar code will no longer work when making a purchase at Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. You must obtain your permanent discount card from Lowe’s.

On July 31, 2012 the temporary bar code that has been available on the state purchasing web site that you have been using to get the 5% discount on Contract #MA087 at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store will expire. Please visit the Lowe’s web site to obtain your permanent discount card. You can access that from the State Purchasing website or go directly to the site at www.lowesforpros.com/wsca and follow the process. The contract number is MA087. Select the State of Utah and then your respective agency or political subdivision. Lowe’s will send you your permanent use customer discount cards.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Larry Thacker with State Purchasing. He can be reached at 801-537-9242 or lthacker@utah.gov.

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Windows Security Essentials

Microsoft offers free antivirus/antispyware software called Windows Security Essentials that is appropriate for both University business and personal home use. For more details and to download, click here

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Paper Pricing – May 2012

Current paper pricing at General Stores, Office Max, and Staples…

Copy and Multipurpose Paper Pricing
Ream = 500 sheets
Case = 10 reams

Paper Prices

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Roche – Seminar Series

University of Utah Campus – HSEB 4100B (Health Science Education Building)
Tuesday, May 8th

Let Roche Applied Science and Exiqon introduce you to new tools for qPCR, cellular analysis, microarray, sequencing and microRNA profiling.

Learn more by attending the upcoming Seminar Series!

Click here for details on this series.

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Schedule Your Department’s Spend Review!

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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Autodial Alarm Devices Required for Cooling Units Which Store Research and Pharmaceutical Materials

Autodial Alarm Devices Required for Cooling Units Which Store Research and Pharmaceutical Materials

Risk Management and Purchasing work with Research and Pharmaceutical departments to insure all materials kept in cooling units are protected from catastrophic system failures. Risk Management and Purchasing encourage the installation of auto-dialers for all cooling units that store expensive research materials from mechanical and electrical outages. The requirement for auto-dialers is mandatory for all departments that wish to make insurance claims against loss of research materials stored in cooling units.

Memo regarding Autodial Alarm Devices for Cooling Units.

The University of Utah currently has an agreement with a sales and installation vendor for auto-dialers, which can be found in the attached letter on this webpage. If departments require more information, please contact the Purchasing Department at 801-581-7241.

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Linen Services – Follow Up

In light of the wide variety and quality requirements of linen needs across campus, an RFP for linen services is not going to be issued at this time. Please note that there are state contracts currently in place with 2 linen service providers –G&K Services and Unifirst. We encourage use of the state contract vendors as they typically offer the best value for the University.

A listing for these providers along with a copy of their state contracts will be added to Purchasing’s Online Supplier Directory by the end of the week. If the products or services your department uses are not listed in the state contracts, please send an e-mail to with a list of products or services you need so that we can request the vendors add these items to the contract.

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Linen Services

Purchasing is in the early stages of issuing an RFP for linen services. If your department uses linen services, please contact John Arlen, Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Manager, at . Please provide a list of the linen items/services your department uses so that they can be included in the RFP. Please respond on or before February 17th. Any other comments or recommendations regarding this RFP are also welcome. Thank you.

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Ink and Toner Pricing

Ink and Toner Pricing for most common cartridges purchased by the U

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