Cornell's suppliers are categorized by commodity in the Supplier List. Some commodities require special instructions for how to place orders or additional information about products. That information is included in the pages in this section.
Suppliers are divided into three categories: Preferred, Contract, and Pricing Agreement.
Preferred suppliers have participated in a competitive bid and negotiation process and were selected because they met criteria developed by commodity teams comprising campus experts and have agreed to provide the best overall value to the university. Where agreements with a specific supplier exist for a good or service (commodity), units must procure those goods and services from these preferred suppliers.
Contract suppliers have participated in a competitive bid process and have agreed to Cornell’s terms and conditions. We encourage you to use these suppliers and take advantage of the price discounts they offer.
If a preferred or contract supplier agreement does not exist, and if the purchase exceeds the formal bid limit of $25,000, units must identify a vendor through competitive bidding, unless an appropriate justification has been made and a procurement agent specifically authorizes an alternative selection method.
Procurement and Payment Services also offers pricing agreement suppliers for convenience and ease of purchasing. Purchases over $25,000 to these suppliers are subject to bid in accordance with university policy. They are approved vendors who have agreed to Cornell's terms and conditions and who meet at least one of the following criteria:
For more information about making purchases in line with Cornell's policies and procedures, see For Buyers.
Note: Information regarding contracts negotiated with suppliers is confidential and must not be shared with anyone outside of Cornell University, as per University Policy 4.6, Standards of Ethical Conduct.