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Procurement Update, October 2018
  A quarterly newsletter from Cornell Procurement and Payment Services

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    Procurement receives national award for fifth year  

For the fifth year in a row, Cornell's Procurement and Payment Services has been awarded the Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute (NPI).

Cornell's procurement office was one of 27 higher education institutions — and one of only five recipients in New York state — to receive this award. The award is earned by organizations that demonstrate excellence in the areas of innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership.

"The ability to continue receiving this award is a testament to our staff's commitment to stewardship, process improvement and excellence," said Thomas Romantic, senior director of Procurement and Payment Services.

NPI is a national network of purchasing and supply management professionals; its award program encourages the development of excellence and continued organizational improvement.

    Suppliers Showcase provides visibility to Cornell's vendors  

The Computing Center gave away 600 camp chairs in the first two hours of the Suppliers Showcase June 1, while more than 1,000 faculty, staff and community members circulated among almost 100 on- and off-campus vendor representatives who displayed their wares and promoted their services. Read the full article on the Pawprint website.

    Buying Manual updated July 1, 2018  

The Export Control Office has updated the roles and responsibilities for end users, business service centers, Procurement and Payment Services, and the Export Control Officer in Buying Manual section 617, Export Controls. Read more...

    New janitorial suppliers and other enhancements from suppliers added to e-SHOP  

Johnston Food Service and Cleaning Solutions is now available to e-SHOP users in Building Care, and W.B. Mason was awarded a custodial agreement to serve other departments. Hill & Markes has added a punch-out site, and America To Go has added a new customer dashboard for diverse supplier spending. Read more...

    e-SHOP Monthly Webinars scheduled for 2019  

Procurement Services will continue hosting monthly webinars this year and in 2019 to help campus purchasers learn more about e-SHOP. These workshops provide basic e-SHOP training and familiarize users with features that may help make purchasing easier. Read more...

    Procurement Certification Training open to all staff this fall  

The Procurement Certification Program, which was launched for business service center (BSC) staff members in 2016, is open to all campus staff members beginning this fall. Read more...

    Strategic Sourcing Manager Glenn Morey has retired  

After 39 years of service, Glenn Morey retired from Cornell Procurement and Payment Services on July 30, 2018. Read more...

    Update on Targeted Diverse Supplier Initiative  

The effort to grow awareness of and interaction with diverse suppliers has been effective with an increase in annual purchase volume from $31.4 million in 2013 to $44.9 million in 2018. The targeted diverse supplier program has yielded over $8 million in growth for select suppliers since the program's inception in 2013. Read more...

Procurement Savings
  • Annual savings goal: $2 million
Outreach Activities
  • Hosting monthly e-SHOP training webinars in FY 2018
  • Providing Procurement Certification training sessions in September and October
  • Hosting monthly meetings with BSC directors
Process Improvements and Streamlining
  • Supporting the pilot phase of Concur project and the travel and meal card program for the Travel streamlining project
  • Supporting testing and integration of a new vendor registration portal
  • Evaluating procurement processes and conducting paying for services pilot project

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