Part of the Purchasing Services' mission is to ensure that responsibility
to the University of Minnesota Stakeholders (e.g., general business
community, targeted group businesses, citizens of Minnesota, etc.)
is considered in all purchasing policies and practices. This section
of the Purchasing Services web site is here for your use. In it you
should find helpful resources for all vendors that do business with,
or are interested in doing business with, the University of Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota is a public institution and as such, any documents submitted
(ie: bids, proposals, literature, pricing, etc.) are public information.
Purchasing Services has added a new tool to the current competitive vendor selection process - Reverse Auction. In a Reverse Auction, suppliers bid on-line against each other to supply products or services that meet published specifications and/or pre-established criteria. The University's Reverse Auction process consists of two phases. Phase one prequalifies the vendors and their products to participate in the Reverse Auction. A document titled "Request for PreQualification for Reverse Auciton (RFB/RA) is issued. In the second phase, prequalified bidders compete against each other in a web-based, real-time auction.
Public Disclosure during Reverse Auction Process.
After RFB/RA responses are opened, they will be reviewed by the University. The contents of the RFB/RA responses will not be open to public inspection until after the award.
Public Record upon Award.
After the contract is awarded, only the final bids and associated documents are public records and are subject to all applicable laws and University Records and Information Management policies and procedures.
New Copier Search Tool
Using this tool, users can search and compare the copiers offered through U-Wide
Contract. Authorized vendors may also login to the administrative
area of the online tool and submit additions, deletions, and modifications
to the current U-Wide contract.
Click to access the U-Wide Copier Tool