HuskyBuy Update – Temporary Ship to Home Address

Due to the need to keep specific University areas functioning, as a temporary measure critical purchases related to the furthering of education and research only can be shipped directly to other in-state (CT) locations (e.g. home) through HuskyBuy. When a CT off campus address is used, requisitions will come to Procurement for final approval, regardless of dollar amount or contract vendor. If the employee of the “ship-to” address wishes not to list their personal address, please list your local USPS, FedEx, or UPS location for “pick-up.” When purchasing items with a ProCard, items must be shipped to a UConn address and NOT to other locations (e.g. home). Continue reading

Laptop Purchasing Option

We are all set to purchase laptops on a PO through “Best Buy Business” physically located in Richfield, MN.  This is the process:

  • Call Jenny Rish at 612-292-0155 rish@bestbuy.com
  • Request a quote on the make and model you need.
  • Mention if stock available in CT, it would either be shipped or pick-up for faster delivery.
    • Note it may be in stock at another location out of state so it would need to be shipped.
    • Identify delivery method (next day, 3-day, etc.)
  • Create a HuskyBuy requisition using vendor number 13861-0 and mention the information listed above

If you have any issues, please contact John Clifford (john.clifford@uconn.edu).

COVID-19 Travel Update

Governor Lamont sent executive branch agency heads a directive designed to help prevent and delay COVID-19 in Connecticut, including freezing employee travel on state business.

University-Sponsored Travel Outside of Connecticut is Suspended: Though not an executive branch agency, UConn wishes to act in keeping with the governor’s goals. Effective immediately, all domestic and international, university-sponsored travel outside of the state by faculty and staff is suspended until further notice. Any exception needs to be approved by university leadership. Continue reading

W.B. Mason on HuskyBuy!

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We are excited to announce that W.B. Mason will be joining our team of office supply vendors!

W.B. Mason will provide UConn with competitive pricing, exceptional customer service, and fast & free delivery on all of their office supply products. Take advantage of their product offerings through their on-line catalog, which is anticipated to go live in HuskyBuy on Monday, March 2, 2020.

With W.B. Mason, you can expect:

  • Free Desktop Delivery by uniformed W.B. Mason drivers
  • No order minimums
  • A dedicated customer support team located in CT

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UPDATE: Liquid Helium Shortage

AirGas, UConn’s primary contracted supplier, has announced a national shortage of liquid helium. As such, AirGas has reduced the allocation of helium to the university, and has increased the price by 30%. Given current research needs, the new allocation will not meet the university’s demand. Despite challenges, Purchasing is working diligently to ensure UConn’s need is met. AirGas has offered to inspect installations and provide recommendations on conservation and loss-reduction. We will provide further updates as supply becomes readily available. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Liquid Helium Shortage Letter

Guidelines for Surplus & Equipment Share Opportunities

The terms and conditions of sponsored awards may have specific requirements for the acquisition of equipment, such as the National Science Foundation, which requires that before equipment is purchased the grantee assures the same or similar equipment is not otherwise reasonably available and accessible.  Further, 2 CFR OMB part 200 Uniform Guidance 200.318 lays out the requirements for equipment purchases with federal funds.  The rationale for these regulations is that shared use of existing equipment promotes availability of equipment on university campuses, reduces unnecessary duplication of equipment, and frees up federal funds to further the aims and objectives of the award.

For more information download Guidelines for Surplus & Equipment Share Opportunities

Water Cooler Guidelines

The University has adopted a new guideline as it pertains to the purchase of bottled water coolers.  The guideline helps promote sustainability and cost containment values, and brings the University in alignment with practices at other State of Connecticut agencies as previously established by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) pertaining to bottled water purchasing.  For additional information, please contact Kristin Allen in Procurement Services at 860-486-0970 kristin.allen@uconn.edu.

Water Cooler Guidelines

Introducing SMBeConnect

SMBe Connect

UConn's SMBeConnect Tool

UConn Procurement Services has launched a new SMBeConnect tool on our Supplier Diversity (USDP) website. It is designed, primarily, to assist small/minority business enterprises (S/MBEs) seeking to conduct business here at the University, by connecting them directly with the buying team responsible for managing their particular commodity(ies).

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Fraudulent Toner Activity Alert

Procurement Services has recently been made aware of fraudulent activity relating to the “alleged” purchase of toner, printing supplies and/or service.  It appears that someone has been calling departments on campus to discuss a “placed” order and seeking to verify address delivery information.   Please be advised that this is fraudulent and you should not provide such requested information.    Continue reading