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Procurement Update, May 2017
  A quarterly newsletter from Cornell Procurement and Payment Services

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    Procurement Services hosts annual supplier show June 1  

Procurement Services will host its annual supplier show June 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Barton Hall. The event provides an opportunity for members of the Cornell community to meet Cornell’s contract suppliers, learn about their products and services, and hear about the savings and efficiencies they provide.

Participants who register online and attend the show will be eligible to win door prizes. You do not have to be present at the time of the drawing to win a prize. Read more...

    Grad students offer diverse suppliers a better shot at growth  

For the fourth consecutive year, diverse businesses recently collaborated with Cornell Procurement Services and BR Consulting, a nonprofit, student-run consulting firm based at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to come up with solutions to business problems of the suppliers' choice. Read more...

    New resources available for buyers on Procurement website  

To help make buying at Cornell easier, we’ve updated the For Buyers section of our website with new information and a quick guide. We’ve also updated our e-SHOP training resources and will be hosting more e-SHOP workshops in the coming fiscal year! Read more...

    Two Procurement Certification training sessions coming this fall  

This fall, the Procurement Certification Program sessions will be offered in September and October. In future years, the program will be offered twice a year with fall and spring sessions, and it will be open to all staff members. The certificate program is designed to guide participants through the purchasing decision process from identifying the appropriate payment method, selecting a vendor, processing a purchase order, identifying independent contractors, paying for services, and more. Read more...

    New features offered by VWR  

VWR, one of our largest lab and science suppliers, recently released an update to its order tracking system, Order Status, which allows the Cornell campus customers to track orders. The system now allows you to register returns, cancellations, and obtain credits for returns, along with other key features that have been well received by the Cornell community. Read more...

    America To Go makes it easier to find diverse restaurants and caterers  

America To Go has been working diligently to increase access to local restaurants and caterers, particularly those identified as minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned. In February, America To Go updated its website to help you identify diverse suppliers when you place orders. Read more...

    Improved phone coverage with T-Mobile  

After two years of planning and preparation we are pleased to announce that T-Mobile has a new campus cell site on the roof of Bradfield Hall that went on the air on February 21, 2017. Read more...

    Printing from KFS after the recent upgrade  

Since the KFS upgrade, the ability to print documents using the browser print button from within the KFS application is no longer available. The new user interface includes features such as floating buttons, collapsible menus and hover-over text, which are not printable but significantly improve the usability. Users are asked to avoid printing, whenever possible, but options are available for instances where printing is unavoidable. Read more...

    Buying Manual updated May 1, 2017  

Several updates were made to the Buying Manual May 1, including clarification for processing payments to students, and changes to the service provider contracts. Read more...

Procurement Savings
  • Established goal of $2 million for all fund types by June 30, 2017
Outreach Activities
  • Conducting monthly e-SHOP workshops
  • Conducted Procurement Certification Training in April, and scheduled additional training dates for September and October
  • Hosting monthly meetings with FTC/BSC directors
Process Improvements and Streamlining
  • Supporting evaluation of systems in conjunction with Travel streamlining project
  • Supporting evaluation of systems in conjunction with CIT’s replacement of the Automated Vendor Form
  • Evaluating procurement processes and documenting procure-to-pay processes
  • Conducting focus group meetings with customers across campus

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