Purchasing Services

Purchasing provides the University with effective and responsive life cycle procurement practices. See our Mission and Vision for more information.

Items of Interest

  • New ItemUW-Madison Preferred Laptops and Desktops Survey

    Purchasing Services is requesting campus feedback on the UW-Madison Preferred Laptop and Desktop Computers program to assist in program development. Please choose your primary role in the process from the list to begin the survey and provide us with your valuable feedback.  Feel free to forward the link to others in your area that may wish to provide their input as well. Please contact Susanne Matschull at smatschull@bussvc.wisc.edu with any questions regarding the survey.
    (Added 3/6/14)

  • New Dell Laptops Added as UW-Madison Preferred Products

    Under the guidance of a cross-campus team of IT experts, Purchasing Services is offering new laptop options from Dell as UW-Madison Preferred Products. The Latitude E5440 and E5540 models are available at a base price of $759, including an upgraded processor (the 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U Processor). The Latitude E7440 (14-inch) has been made available in addition to the 12-inch E7240 at the same price of $949. The thin and light E7000 series models include a standard 128GB Solid State hard drive that is also available as an optional upgrade on the E5000 series laptops. No changes have been made to the desktop products offered. The systems are pre-configured to meet most staff computing needs and are offered at specially negotiated low prices. They can easily be ordered through Shop@UW by clicking on Dell in the Shop at a Punch-out Supplier showcase and choosing laptops or desktops listed on the main landing page. More detailed instructions are available on the UW-Madison Preferred Products ordering instructions page.
    (Added 2/13/14)

  • Easier Ordering Using Preferred Products

    Purchasing Services is pleased to announce that additional items have been identified in the UW-Madison Preferred Product listing, specifically, commonly ordered office supplies. These items, denoted with a red star, have been selected to support the work of the Administrative Excellence initiative at UW-Madison, a campus-wide effort to reduce costs and improve process efficiencies. Newly designated preferred products include items such as markers, folders, staplers, and tape. The Shop@UW web site provides step-by-step instructions on how to locate UW-Madison Preferred Products.

  • Event Contracting Guidelines-UW Foundation Gift Funds
    There is often confusion about whether the UW Foundation or the University should contract for events which are predominantly focused on fund-raising efforts. The UW Foundation and University Business Services collaborated to provide guidelines for the campus on how best to manage the contracting and payment for these events. See our new Procedures item on this topic: IPP 61
  • Ink and Toner Purchases
    Campus leadership has identified the purchase of remanufactured toner in place of new toner as an area to achieve significant cost savings for all departments. The new remanufactured toner vendor EIS Office Solutions is now available through Shop@UW and is the preferred campus source for purchasing ink and toner. Starting with your next toner order, please consider placing your orders for ink and toner with EIS through Shop@UW using your MDS account. For more information, see Ink and Toner Purchasing.

  • Purchasing Workshops Available
    Dates and times for all available face-to-face training sessions are listed on our Training page. We are offering a number of sessions during the semester, including our Overview session and sessions on Processing your Requisitions and Managing your Encumbrances and How to Purchase Goods and Services: Intermediate Topics.

  • Previous Spend Printed on CORs:
    The external requisition generator includes the amount spent to date for the previous requisition number.  This amount will also appear on the printed copy of the requisition.  If there has been limited or no activity on the previous order, please do not renew your COR. Instead, consider whether the products or services listed on the requisition can be obtained from MDS or by using the Purchasing Card. If the amount spent exceeds $100,000, Purchasing may contact you regarding opportunities for contracting for the goods or services purchased.

  • Purchasing System Inquiry:
    The Purchasing System Inquiry search pages provide a number of ways to lookup POs, check their status, encumbrance balance and spend, and track requisitions for your department. Instructional documentation is provided for the available functions.

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