December 5th, 2011.
Members of the Queen’s community who order printed materials, chemicals, lab supplies and furniture will benefit from a newly-established preferred suppliers list.
“The preferred vendor list is the culmination of a lengthy process that involved consultation and input from a wide array of staff and faculty at Queen’s,” says Eoin MacDonald, Director, Strategic Procurement Services.
The list includes 32 vendors in four categories: print, furniture, chemicals and lab supplies. Queen’s publicly tendered the opportunity for vendors to become preferred suppliers in a fair, open and transparent process. Proposals were scored on their level of customer service, product catalogue, product delivery and pricing.
“The list will allow vendors to offer the best value to clients, generate cost savings, and improve supplier performance,” says Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration).
In addition, many local, regional and national vendors are on the list. Four of the five vendors of furniture are from the Kingston area, and many of the 32 companies have local representation.
For staff and faculty who conduct experimental research, the list provides a variety of options.
“Researchers will continue to have a considerable choice of vendors who can meet their needs,” says Susan Cole, Deputy Provost and Bracken Chair in Molecular Medicine and Genetics. “The list also offers researchers the chance to save on shipping and surcharge costs while still having options for rush and next day shipping.”
The new list does not include any other product categories at this time. This is the first step in a multi-phase plan to streamline the university’s procurement processes and maximize cost savings across campus.
“The preferred vendors selected build on unit specific relationships already in place,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “The list provides better organized, more efficient, and lower cost means for staff and faculty to order the supplies they need for their day-to-day work.”For more information visit the Strategic Procurement Services website. To leave feedback regarding the Preferred Supplier initiative please contact Eoin MacDonald (x32175).