To:  University Business Managers, Campus Unit Finance Leads, Research Administration Support Group (RASG), Res_Info Listserv
From: Troy Morse, Director of Purchasing Services

Effective Aug. 22, Procurement Services will increase the purchase limit for many scientific suppliers to $25,000 per order as we continue Phase II of our ePro order threshold increase project for vendors that are under competitively bid contracts.  Purchase limits will increase for the following vendors:

  • Fisher Scientific
  • VWR
  • Sigma Aldrich
  • Bio-Rad
  • Genesee
  • Qiagen
  • Roche
  • Life Technologies
  • Applied Industrial Technologies
  • Fastenal
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • MSC Industrial
  • Mayer Electric

Previous increases were applied to:  Lenovo, Dell, Apple, CDW-G and Agilent Technologies.

Note: Perkin Elmer, Staples, Storr, Airgas, ARC3 and Amazon Business will remain at a maximum of $5,000 per orders.

Project Background

Phase I of the ePro order threshold increase from $5,000 to $25,000 began in early June and included all vendors in the information technology category. Phase II began with Agilent and now includes all vendors in the scientific supplies category. A planned Phase III will include the MRO supplies category. These plans are explained in June 7 and July 31 memos.

The vast majority of our eProcurement vendors are under competitively bid contracts with the University.  In order to encourage broader use of these contracts, Procurement Services has begun a phased increase to the ePro ordering threshold for select ePro vendors from the current $5,000 per order limit to $25,000 per order.  The ePro landing site will indicate which vendors have been taken to the higher threshold with an asterisk next to each vendor.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please contact purchasing_team@unc.edu

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