PantherExpress

Purchasing from Suppliers that are not

University-wide Contracted Suppliers



Even though there are many benefits to buying from University-wide contracted suppliers, occasionally, a University-wide contracted supplier cannot provide the item or a technical equivalent, or may not be able to meet or beat a competitor's price.

An item or its technical equivalent may not be available through a University-wide contracted because of unique technical specifications, etc.

A competitor's price may be lower than a University-wide contracted supplier's price because:

  • the competitor is running an inventory-clearing special
  • it is a "grey market" item being resold possibly without warranty
  • it is an item infrequently purchased by others at the University. University-wide contracts offer the best deals on the highest-demand products.

When choosing a supplier, it is important to balance the risks of using an outside supplier (for a one-time purchase or for a temporarily reduced price) versus the benefits of using a University-wide contracted supplier.

Use the chart below to assess risks versus benefits when choosing the right supplier and purchasing mechanism. You can also view the chart here.

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If you think that the item has potential to be purchased frequently by many University departments, please submit a request to the PantherExpress Customer Service department to request a reassessment of pricing, or to determine whether the item can be added by a University-wide contracted supplier.

bullet Reminder: All purchases over $5,000 must go through Purchasing Services

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Contact

For questions, please submit an inquiry to the PantherExpress Customer Service department or call 412-624-3578.



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