University of Washington consolidates purchasing

Q&A with the assistant director of procurement at The University of Washington, who consolidates purchases under a single master account, allowing for greater visibility into spend.
University of Washington: Enabling education with streamlined purchasing

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the world’s preeminent public universities, educating more than 54,000 students annually at three regional campuses and employing more than 29,00 faculty and staff. The UW Procurement Services organization is responsible for purchasing across the university.

Recently, University administrators recognized that faculty and staff were making university-related purchases on the popular consumer marketplace, Amazon.com. In order to gain greater visibility into spend and to simplify order administration, the institution decided to consolidate these purchases under a single master account on Amazon Business.

As a result, faculty and staff now have greater autonomy and an easier purchasing experience, while the University’s Procurement Services staff has reduced cost and complexity of purchasing, while gaining additional insights through built-in reporting and analytics on Amazon Business.

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