PantherExpress

University-wide Contracted Suppliers

University-wide contracted suppliers offer the best overall value to the University. This means that in addition to discounted prices for the University's most frequently purchased items, University-wide contracted suppliers offer excellent service, direct on-time and generally free delivery, no-hassle returns, a quick and easy paperless ordering and payment process through the PantherExpress System, and other important contractual protections for the University.

When your product is not available through a University-wide contracted supplier

If your requirements are unique and a technically equivalent product is not available from a University-wide Contracted Supplier, follow this brief guide on how to assess benefits versus risks - and how to make purchases from alternate (i.e. non University-wide contracted) suppliers when necessary.

When you find better pricing with a non University-wide contracted supplier

University-wide contracted suppliers are very good about meeting or beating competitors’ pricing. When you find better pricing from an alternate supplier, contact the University-wide contracted supplier’s account manager to ask about meeting or beating the alternate supplier’s price. To find the University-wide contracted supplier’s contact information, use the directory below to find the suppiler, then click the supplier's name for contact information.

If the University-wide contracted supplier cannot meet or beat the alternate supplier’s pricing, follow this brief guide (same as mentioned above) on how to assess benefits versus risks - and how to make purchases from alternate suppliers when necessary.


University-wide Contracted Supplier Directory

 

The following supplier definitions enable the University to effectively leverage the University's spend, improve quality of products and services, reduce infrastructure costs, manage risk, and meet internal and external customer requirements. Supplier classifications include four levels of suppliers and is based on a supplier's performance and business model and takes into consideration University requirements such as: cost, delivery, responsiveness, technology, and quality.

Platinum Level

A Platinum Level supplier is a company with whom the University has entered into a long-term and collaborative business relationship. The supplier is committed to leveraging the strategic and operational capabilities of both organizations to achieve significant ongoing benefits for each party. This designation means that the University negotiated a discount pricing agreement and addressed all of the related terms and conditions and insurance requirements with the supplier.

Departments are required to purchase from Platinum Level suppliers as part of a University strategy to leverage its full buying power within a specific commodity.

There is only one Platinum Level supplier in a commodity and the supplier:
  • Meets all of the criteria for Gold Level suppliers;
  • Commits to, makes valuable contributions to and participates in all University supplier shows at levels higher than Gold, Silver and Bronze Level suppliers;
  • Has a robust e-business presence on the PantherExpress System with a punch-out, electronic invoicing and possibly electronic credits and e-quotes;
  • Assists the University in funneling much of its spend on the commodity through a single supplier; and
  • Maintains high visibility on campus through dedicated account managers.

Gold Level

A Gold Level supplier is similar to a Silver Level supplier as it meets all of the same criteria, in addition the Gold Level supplier:

  • Has a robust e-business presence on the PantherExpress System with a punch-out, electronic invoicing and possibly electronic credits and e-quotes.

Silver Level

A Silver Level supplier is company with whom the University has entered into a long-term contract, has negotiated a discount pricing agreement and addressed all the related terms and conditions and insurance requirements with the supplier. Several Silver Level suppliers also provide specialized or niche products which are not offered by Platinum or Gold Level suppliers. Departments are required to support Silver Level suppliers as part of a University strategy to leverage its full buying power within specific commodities.

All Silver Level suppliers:
  • Meet a certain minimum level of business with the University;
  • Offer products or services in a targeted commodity;
  • Focus on managing the University-wide relationship not individual transactions;
  • Implement continuous improvements; and
  • May have a punch-out or hosted catalog on the PantherExpress System.
  • Some Silver Level suppliers provide unique goods and services not offered by Platinum or Gold Level suppliers and
  • May be asked to:
    • Share business forecasts;
    • Recognize a shared destiny in business to ensure competitive pricing and thus maintain an aggressive and competitive pricing structure; and
    • Reduce delivery cycles through effective stocking programs and material production controls.

Bronze Level

A Bronze Level supplier is or will be enabled in the University's supplier database and generally offers goods or services priced on a single transaction. Several Bronze Level suppliers that are Diversity Business Enterprises (DBEs) have hosted catalogs on the PantherExpress System for ease of purchasing to fulfill Federal subcontracting plans.

The benefits of using a Bronze Level supplier include:
  • Products and services meet a specific need for a University department.

Bronze Level DBE Directory

Legend

Consolidated Suppliers

Several commodity categories (computing, office, and scientific) have been consolidated to one Platinum-level provider. Consolidated suppliers are no longer listed as University-wide contracted suppliers. If you are trying to find information about a specific cosolidation, please refer to the guides listed below. There is a stand-alone guide available for each consolidation.

Computing Consolidation Initiative

Office Supply Consolidation Initiative

Scientific Supply Consolidation Initiative

 


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