Materials Distribution Services

IMPORTANT UPDATE: MDS's web ordering system has officially been replaced by Shop@UW software. This change went live on March 4th, 2013. All information relating to placing orders on the e-commerce system has now moved to the Shop@UW help and reference website: There you will find:

  • Account setup/revision information
  • PAT Tool and Default Funding informational pages and links to login
  • Training documentation and tutorials
  • Help guides such as a glossary of terms, list of desktop requirements, and frequently asked questions
  • Important news relating to Shop@UW and our suppliers.

If you have questions regarding your account or Shop@UW, please contact Customer Service at (608) 497-4400 or

The MDS site now holds information on merchandise distribution and warehouse storage services. Look below to read more.

Merchandise Distribution & Delivery

To cut down on the amount and size of the delivery trucks on campus, products purchased on Shop@UW head to our warehouse for package consolidation and distribution. In compliance with UW-Madison's Large Truck Policy, we sort the packages by delivery zone and ship them out immediately using our own vehicles that are less than 30 feet in length. MDS offers next-day delivery to the Dane County area on most items ordered. MDS will not accept any radioactive or perishable materials or any large non-palletized items.

MDS Warehouse Storage Services

The MDS warehouse, where we receive and distribute your goods, is also available as warehouse space for your business or department. We offer centralized, convenient, state-of-the-art services, including:

  • Long- and short-term rates
  • Clean, dry, temperature-controlled facilities; ideal for records storage
  • Access to your stored inventory during normal business hours
  • Capability to develop customized electronic catalogs to allow web access and ordering of your inventory with next business-day delivery.
  • Storage rate lower than state contract rates, including pickup and delivery service. See prices below:
Item Description Monthly Rate Size Annual Rate
1. Open warehouse with no services $0.45/square foot square feet $5.40/square foot
2. Pallet warehouse space with 1 free pick-up/delivery $12.50/pallet location 4x4x6 $210.00
3. Customized inventoried storage with electronic ordering enabled for your stored products and next day deliveries within Madison. Rates established based on service requirements and finalized with Memorandum of Understanding.
4. Other pick-up/delivery services (no storage) $75.00/hour    
Notes: For other deliveries (outside of Madison): Minimal fee applies.
Other custom storage options are available.
Please call Kyle Smith at (608) 497-4432 for further information.