Penn Purchasing Services
To the University
Several years ago, the Penn
Purchasing Department completed a successful reengineering of its business
operations. That reengineering resulted in the modification of a number of
business systems and processes that effectively changed the way purchasing
is conducted at Penn.
At that time, in order to
convey to the campus community the new role of the department in the
purchasing process, the department was renamed Acquisition Services.
Over the last several
months, Penn”s purchasing processes have similarly undergone a number of
additional operational changes. With the support and cooperation of many
of our colleagues at Penn, BEN Buys and the Penn Marketplace have been
successfully implemented; Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is now
extensively used as a means of expediting both purchasing and payment
transactions; new technology is being tested in several areas; and all
purchasing systems are re-evaluated regularly to determine where
additional improvement can be made. Regardless of the modifications,
changes, and improvements, we have always, however, been identified as the
organization that facilitates the "purchasing process."
Services was renamed Penn Purchasing Services on September
We have long been identified
as "Purchasing," and we are pleased to continue to be known by
that title. We deeply appreciate the support we have received from the
campus community and will continue to upgrade and improve the purchasing
Please visit our new Penn
Purchasing Services web site at www.purchasing.upenn.edu.
Questions regarding this change should be directed to Ralph Maier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in Purchasing Services.
Ralph Maier, Associate Director, Purchasing Services
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 5, September 24, 2002
September 24, 2002
Volume 49 Number 5