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
- Supplier Search
- Classifications Defined
- Supplier Spreadsheet
- Consolidated Suppliers
- Evaluate a Supplier
|Supplier Name||Commodity||Classification||Purchasing Method||Green Program||DBE||PPD||PA Supplier||Uniform Guidance|
|Abcam, Inc.||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Silver||Punchout||No||No||No||No||No|
|Access||External Records Storage||Silver||Standard Form||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|American Management Association (AMA)||Training Solutions||Bronze||see instructions||No||No||No||No||No|
|Agilent Technologies||Scientific - Medical Supplies||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Anixter||Electrical & IT||Gold||Punchout||No||No||No||No||No|
|AT&T Mobility||Cell phones||Silver||see instructions||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|B&H Photo, Video & Pro Audio||Photo & Video Equipment||Silver||Punchout||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Baker Company, the||Scientific - Medical Equipment||Silver||Standard Form||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|BD Biosciences||Scientific - Medical Supplies||Silver||Standard Form||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Bio-Rad Laboratories||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|BioLegend||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||Hosted Catalog||No||No||No||No||No|
|burkeMICHAEL+/Haworth||Furniture & Furnishings||Gold||Punchout||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cell Signaling Technologies||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|DAI Scientific Equipment||Scientific - Medical Equipment||Silver||Standard Form||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Don's Appliances||Appliances||Silver||Hosted Catalog||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|EMD Millipore (MilliporeSigma)||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||see instructions||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Fisher Scientific||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Platinum||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Franklin Interiors/Steelcase||Furniture & Furnishings||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Gemini Bio-Products||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Genewiz||Scientific - DNA Services||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||No||No|
|Grainger||Facilities Management Supplies||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Henry Schein, Inc.||Scientific - Pharmaceuticals (non-clinical)||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||No||No|
|Integrated DNA Technologies||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Laboratory Product Sales (LPS)||Scientific - Medical Supplies||Gold||Punchout||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Lerro Corporation||Audiovisual||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Life Technologies||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Medline Industries, Inc.||Scientific - Medical Supplies||Platinum||Punchout||No||No||No||No||No|
|Mettler -Toledo Rainin LLC||Scientific - Medical Supplies||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Miltenyi Biotec||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Silver||Hosted Catalog||No||No||No||No||No|
|Molecular Devices||Scientific - Medical Equipment||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|New England Biolabs||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Nikon Instruments, Inc.||Scientific - Medical Equipment||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||No||No|
|Panasonic North America||Scientific - Medical Equipment||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Perkin Elmer||Scientific - Medical Equipment & Radioactive Substances||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Priority Worldwide Services||Customs Brokerage Services||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||No||No|
|Psychology Software Tools, Inc.||Software||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|QIAGEN, Inc.||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||Punch-out||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Quest Diagnostics, Inc.||Medical Testing Services||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||No||No|
|Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc.||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||Punchout||No||No||No||No||No|
|Scott Electric||Facilities Management Supplies||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Sigma Aldrich (MilliporeSigma)||Scientific - Medical Chemicals||Gold||Punchout||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|SMARTSolution Technologies L.P.||Audiovisual||Silver||Hosted Catalog||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Software Listing||Software||NA||see instructions||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Specialty Underwriters||Equipment Maintenance||Silver||see instructions||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Spok Mobile (USA Mobility)||Communications-Pagers||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||No||No|
|Supra Office Solutions, Inc.||Office Supplies||Platinum||Punchout||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|T-Mobile||Cell phones||Silver||see instructions||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|UniqueSource Products & Services||Shredding Services||Bronze||Standard Form||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Various||Networking Hardware||Silver||see instructions||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Verizon||Cell phones||Silver||see instructions||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|VWR International||Scientific - Medical Supplies||Silver||Hosted Catalog||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|VWR Lab Furniture||Scientific - Lab Furniture||Silver||Standard Form||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Waters Corporation||Scientific - Medical Equipment||Silver||Standard Form||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Workscape/Knoll||Furniture & Furnishings||Gold||Punchout||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
Welcome to the OptiFreight Program (formerly FDSI Logistics) information page.
The OptiFreight Program provides University-wide inbound freight management services.
How the OptiFreight Program Works
If you are placing an order with a “participating supplier” (i.e. a supplier that is participating in the OptiFreight Program), the supplier will fill the order and the carrier will ship the order on our third party account with OptiFreight.
Highlights of the Program
- Reduced Freight Costs: University departments will save an average of 45% on inbound freight expenses (savings percentages will vary by supplier).
- Increased Efficiencies: The OptiFreight Program closely monitors the quality of carrier and supplier performance and allows you to track inbound freight costs.
OptiFreight and Your Level Report
The OptiFreight program is provided by Cardinal Health, a University-wide contracted supplier for freight management. Therefore, when you place orders through a participating supplier, the inbound freight charges for each shipment will appear on your FGAR311 Level 1 Financial Report as “Cardinal Health” with the correlating PO numbers as shown in this example.
Please note: Cardinal Health provides the OptiFreight service but it is not a University-wide contracted supplier for scientific, medical, or other supplies.
Participating Suppliers – Current Listing
Download this spreadsheet to see a current list of all participating suppliers.
For questions, please contact PantherExpress Customer Service by submitting an online inquiry or by calling 412-624-3578.