The University of Connecticut continues to face a significant reduction in state funding. With a reduction in over $50 million in State appropriations since FY16, UConn continues to manage serious challenges as we continue to meet the needs of our academic mission now and in the years ahead.
In response to the fiscal challenges, Procurement Services and the University community continue to explore cost reduction opportunities, redefine business processes, and re-evaluate the way in which the University procures goods and services while maintaining the quality and integrity of the UConn community. While some efforts may seem small, collectively they make a difference that UCount on.
Campus end-users may achieve additional cost savings through recommended best practices for procuring goods and services. Each of the following commodity portfolio overviews contains a summary of recent Procurement cost savings initiatives and tips for end-users to save money when procuring these commodities:
President Herbst's Report to the Members of the General Assembly on efficiencies and cost savings. President's Message
In 2016, the University solicited proposals for laboratory supplies and related services. Input from the campus research community helped inform strategic direction of the bid. Feedback demonstrated that the research community preferred additional supplier options rather than continuing with a prime vendor model. Read More...
During Summer 2018, Procurement consulted with three of the University’s top furniture suppliers based upon overall spend. The purpose of this exercise was to determine if the appropriate contract vehicles were in use by the University to achieve maximum discounts and cost savings from these vendors. Read More...
The University, in conjunction with multiple Connecticut institutions of higher education and UConn Health, contracted with two national distributors for lab supply chemicals: Fisher Scientific and VWR. Fisher has been deemed preferred and VWR as secondary Procurement is currently negotiating with a regional, federally certified MBE original equipment/supplier manufacturer (OEM) distributor that will also further competition.
Finally, OEMs will be awarded and presented in the new HuskyBuy platform to provide researched with value options.
Procurement, in conjunction with Travel Services, is currently negotiating with a vendor of interest.
Procurement Services, in conjunction with Travel Services, is currently in the midst of the solicitation process for a Travel Management Services provider. Procurement will provide an update when it awards a vendor of interest.