E-Procurement

Spotlight on Procurement

With cost containment in the front row of institutional priorities, procurement takes a leading role on campus.

Bill Cooper didn't mince words when Stanford University officials contacted him about coming on board as their director of purchasing. "I said, 'No, I'm not interested in a fragmented function and I'm not interested in an institution that has just a director of purchasing,'" recalls Cooper, who now has an office at ... Stanford.

Why higher ed needs vendors

Increasingly, colleges and universities, like their corporate counterparts, are being asked to do more with less. Vendors can play a key role in offering expertise, reducing workload, and saving money.
Increasingly, colleges and universities, like their corporate counterparts, are being asked to do more with less. Vendors can play a key role in offering expertise, reducing workload, and saving money.

ULS Freight App Introduced by Unisource Logistics Solutions

Unisource Logistics Solutions, part of Unisource Worldwide, Inc., has introduced a new ULS Freight App, now available for Apple and Android devices. The ULS Freight App provides Unisource customers with a state-of-the-art mobile tool to handle their logistics requirements, including managing freight calculations and real-time estimates.

U.S. Bank to provide purchasing card services to The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN)

The agreement streamlines the onboarding process for any of TCPN’s 30,000-plus active government and nonprofit members who wish to lower costs, reduce paperwork and enhance the efficiency of their payment processes.

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Audit Criticizes UNL's Purchasing Practices

Nebraska Auditor Mike Foley has found six-figure University of Nebraska-Lincoln contracts that were not competitively bid and a $470,600 contract that wasn’t reported to elected university leaders as he thinks it should have been.

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Spend Analytics for eProcurement

ESM Solutions, a leading provider of SaaS spend management solutions for the public sector, announced a partnership with Evisions, a leader in higher education enterprise analytics and reporting. ESM Solutions will deliver advanced spend analytics within the easyPurchase platform, powered by Evisions technology.

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Compliance: One Provider’s Advice

Encountering resistance to e-procurement platforms isn’t unusual, says Max Leisten, market director for higher education at SciQuest. He offers the following advice to thwart compliance issues:

e-Procurement: From Buy-in to Buying

The right strategies help ensure institutions—and employees with purchasing power—realize all the benefits of e-procurement solutions.

As the benefits of e-procurement become more widely known, institutions are moving to incorporate these systems into their operations. And why not? As Sabrina Stover, CEO of BidSync, a provider of e-procurement systems, says, e-procurement saves time, keeps departments on budget, increases efficiencies, makes the procurement process more transparent, and encourages a more competitive bidding environment, among other advantages (including being greener).

Strategic Snapshots

Bill Cooper of Stanford University and Jack D. Zencheck of Yeshiva University (N.Y.), who serve on E&I Cooperative Purchasing's strategic sourcing committee, offer these examples of how their more strategic ideas and actions are paying off for their institutions:

Pathways to Procurement

E-procurement gives universities far more control over their purchasing power.

If your institution is not among those that have realized the considerable benefits an e-procurement solution offers, we have one question: Why not?

E-procurement saves time, money, labor, and paper, while increasing the service delivered to constituents.

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