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Changes made to VU office supply procurement policy promote sustainability

Posted in NEWS on Monday, March 31st, 2014

[Originally posted by MyVU]

Vanderbilt Procurement recently announced several changes to Vanderbilt’s office supply procurement policy through Guy Brown, with two focusing on further aligning procurement with VU’s committment to sustainability.

Automatic substitutions for selected products

Beginning Tuesday, April 1, Guy Brown orders for many brand-name printer toner cartridges and various general office supplies will be fulfilled with equivalent but lower-cost products. For example, most original equipment manufacturer toner cartridge orders will be fulfilled with comparable re-manufactured toner cartridges. This change supports Vanderbilt’s ongoing efforts to lower costs while enhancing sustainability efforts by using recycled products.

$25 Minimum Order

Also effective April 1, office supply orders placed through Guy Brown will require a $25 minimum order. Today, approximately 20 percent of Vanderbilt orders through Guy Brown are less than $25. By establishing a nominal minimum order amount, Vanderbilt will reduce the cost of processing small orders and ensure continued low prices for the entire university. This change also will eliminate 988 pounds of shipping waste per quarter, further contributing to Vanderbilt’s commitment to sustainability.

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