Procurement Services Newsletter 

March 2023

Facilitating Requisition Processing

For RU Marketplace requisitions requiring a university signature for a supplier quote or contract, make sure to:

  • place a comment in the requisition advising that the signature is required; and
  • include the supplier representative’s name, email, and phone number in the comment or internal notes section.

Not providing the above information will result in Procurement Services returning the requisition.

Please note: all requisition related communications, including request to expedite, should be made through the comments section of the requisition.

Student Awards

University Commencement is approaching, and some departments will be requesting awards through the Non-PO upload process.

To ensure timely processing, please:

  • Submit your Non-PO upload requisition at least three weeks in advance. 
  • Provide complete and accurate information.
  • Note if you want Procurement Services to mail payment to student, or return to requesting department (specify contact) for distribution.

Please note: awards are taxable and require the student’s social security number, legal name, and permanent home address for processing. 

Grainger Switch & Save Feature

Grainger announces new Switch & Save feature. A quick and easy way to save money on comparable products.

When you see the Switch & Save option:

  • Click “Compare Products” to review a comparison chart, where you’ll see a pre-populated list of key specs and features.
  • Review the pop-up comparison chart on the item detail page. Pre-vetted matches are presented side by side. Any differences in product specs are highlighted to help you choose the right product. 
  • Easily compare and choose the products that best meet your needs and budget.

Save money by choosing comparable items featuring the Grainger Choice badge that have a similar form, fit and function to alternate brands.

For more info, contact Derek Strogis, Senior Government Account Manager.

Temp Staffing Services Training Coming Soon

University Procurement Services is in the process of executing 30 new Temporary Staffing universitywide contracts which are a result of a strategic sourcing competitive bid over the past year. 

The goal is to meet the University needs for medical, dental and general categories. 

Training seminars will be scheduled soon to provide information relating to the following:

  • End User Training – How to Buy
  • Supplier Overviews
  • Supplier Performance Management Approach

RU Supplier Diversity Survey Findings

Rutgers published findings from a 2022 survey conducted among more than 450 New Jersey-based diverse suppliers on potential barriers to doing business with the university. Rutgers deployed the survey, in partnership with Chambers of Commerce throughout the state, community-based advocacy organizations, and local businesses in the greater Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick areas, to identify and quantify barriers to entry for small, local, and diverse businesses.


The long-term strategy for the university's supplier diversity initiative calls for the creation of a multi-year plan to build and execute a new operating model that will capitalize on the engagement of internal stakeholders and small, local, and diverse businesses. This approach will incorporate a series of pilot programs that will culminate in a sustainable framework for universitywide implementation.

Visit the Supplier Diversity Program webpage for more information on this initiative and the survey findings.

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