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Making the Most Common Purchases
Use this summary to understand the basics of your purchase descision. Look under the "Buying" tab for more information about each purchasing method. Employees involved in departmental purchasing are still expected to fully read and adhere to all departmental, sponsored, and University policies.
Best Practice Allowable Allowable but only in rare, specific instances Unallowable N/A = Not Available at this time
|Commodity||Example||U Market||Internal Sales/ Auxillaries||PO||PCard||Non-PO||Guidelines|
|Airfare||Plane ticket from Delta Airlines||N/A||N/A||Visit travel.umn.edu for travel-related discounts.|
|Animals for Research||Laboratory mice or rats||Research Animal Resources (RAR) is the only acceptable method. www.ahc.umn.edu/rar|
|Books & Subscriptions||Text books; magazines, newspapers, or journals||N/A||Due to the broad types of publications and suppliers, all methods are acceptable.|
|Architecture & Engineering, Construction, Maintenance, Custodial Services||Maintenance and repair services for existing buildings, design or construction of new buildings||N/A||Contact an FM Zone manager before any work in this category begins at www.facm.umn.edu. New construction must be approved by CPPM at www.cppm.umn.edu.|
|Capital Equipment||Copy machine, MRI machine, electron telescope||Equipment must cost $5,000+ and have a shelf life of at least one year. If a U Market supplier (umarket.umn.edu) cannot be used, a PO is required.|
|Car Rental||Fleet Services; National or Enterprise Car Rental Agencies||N/A||Use Fleet Services (www.umn.edu/pts/fleet) if travel is within driving distance. Visit travel.umn.edu for other car rental discounts.|
|Carpet||Carpeting and installation||N/A||Carpet is typically included in FM projects. Contact a Zone manager at www.facm.umn.edu.|
|Catering||Boxed lunches or snacks for events or lunches||N/A||University Dining Services (www.dining.umn.edu) is a preferred supplier. Some facilities or events require a food contract and require OGC approval.|
|Chemicals||Reagents or other chemicals used in labs||Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) before ordering any chemicals. www.dehs.umn.edu|
|Computers & Technology||Laptop, desktop computers, or software||N/A||Departments are expected to use U Market (umarket.umn.edu) whenever possible. Purchases on the PCard may not exceed $2499.|
|Conference Registration||Workshops or conferences||N/A||N/A||Refer to each conference’s procedures for registration and payment.|
|Furnishings||Office chairs or desks||N/A||These may be included in a facilities project. The PCard is allowable for items unavailable in U Market.|
|Lab Supplies||Beakers, gloves, or goggles||Departments are expected to purchase lab supplies from U Market suppliers (umarket.umn.edu) whenever possible.|
|Maintenance, Supplies (MRO)||Padlocks, tools, or cleaning/custodial supplies||N/A||Departments are expected to purchase MRO supplies from U Market suppliers (umarket.umn.edu) whenever possible.|
|Office Supplies||Paper, pens, or printer supplies||Departments are expected to purchase office supplies from U Market suppliers (umarket.umn.edu) whenever possible.|
|Professional Services||Consultants, speakers, or copywriters||N/A||N/A||Professional services $3,000+ require a contract prior to the start of work; services under $3,000 require a CPS order after completion. CPPM approval is required for architect or engineering services.|
|Standard Services||Temp services or printing services||N/A||Look internally first to see if the service is provided by another department. If the service is recurring, use a PO blanket order.|
Download Making the Most Common Purchases Guide. (pdf)