Announcement:  May 31, 2011


TO:                  Health Sciences, Arts & Sciences, and Engineering
                         Deans, Directors and Department Chairs


FROM:            Maureen Beal, Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Operations


DATE:              May 31, 2011


SUBJECT:       Scientific Suppliers Consolidation Initiative



The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is pleased to announce the official launch of a cost saving Scientific Supplier Consolidation Initiative effective July 1, 2011.


As you may recall last year, Art Ramicone, Chief Financial Officer, introduced Fisher Scientific as the designated preferred provider of scientific supplies, equipment and instrumentation.  This designation allowed Fisher Scientific to streamline purchases of the top 700 most frequently used items for a projected savings to the University of $7 million over the next five years.


The Scientific Supplier Consolidation Initiative is a next step in our efforts to maximize cost savings through Fisher Scientific’s market position.  We have identified approximately 90 key scientific suppliers comprising $9.7 million of annual spend that will provide substantial benefits to the University by consolidating their purchases through the University's Fisher Scientific channel.  By utilizing Fisher Scientific’s larger volume discounts and streamlined ordering and distribution systems, this new consolidation effort will allow the University to realize an additional $500,000 to $750,000 of annual product cost savings.


What does this mean to University Purchasers?

In order to streamline the purchasing process and benefit from this cost savings initiative, effective July 1, 2011, approximately 90 suppliers of scientific supplies, equipment, and instrumentation will be consolidated and will no longer have direct supplier accounts in PRISM.  Instead, purchasers will be able to acquire these same products from Fisher at improved discounts by using a one-stop-shopping experience on PantherBuy.


What do Purchasers Need to Do?

Purchasers in your area must be PantherBuy ready by July 1, 2011.  Please refer to our website at for a full directory of information including a list of the participating suppliers, PantherBuy training requirements, frequently asked questions, contact information, and copies of past announcements.

 In these challenging economic times, we appreciate your cooperation in achieving the full benefits of this initiative.


cc:         Arthur G. Ramicone, Chief Financial Officer

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Related Announcements

June 6, 2011:  Scientific Supplier Consolidation Initiative - Announcement to University Purchasers (electronic)

June 6, 2011:  Scientific Supplier Consolidation Initiative - Announcement to University Purchasers (original)

May 31, 2011:  Scientific Supplier Consolidation Initiative - Announcement to Deans, Directors, and Department Chairs (original)

May 28, 2010: Fisher Scientific Preferred Provider Award Details (electronic)

April 29, 2010: Fisher Scientific Preferred Provider Award (original)