How to Buy

 

THE PURCHASE OF GOODS AND SERVICES, ON BEHALF OF TUFTS UNIVERSITY BUSINESS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED VIA SEVERAL DIFFERENT PURCHASING MECHANISMS:


TUFTS MARKETPLACE – ONLINE ORDERING PORTAL

The Tufts Marketplace is a business-to-business, e-procurement system to make your sourcing, ordering and invoice payment easier. Tufts Marketplace is a one-stop, one-login shopping process with many of our strategic and preferred suppliers. You may place orders and “check out” with the ability to allocate charges to your dept-ids or grants, in accordance with your specific, authorized profiles. The Marketplace may be used for orders up to $5,000 without any Purchasing authorization.


SMALL DOLLAR PURCHASES UNDER $5,000

The Tufts Procurement MasterCard (PCard) may be used for purchases up to $5,000 for all non-restricted commodities from any merchant that accepts MasterCard as a form of payment.  You will learn about such restrictions in a required web based tutorial.


ELECTRONIC REQUISITIONING/PURCHASE ORDERS

Electronic requisitioning (EREQ) should be used for non-Marketplace suppliers or when a supplier cannot accept a MasterCard.


ALL PURCHASES IN EXCESS OF $10,000

ALL PURCHASE REQUESTS IN EXCESS OF $10,000 REQUIRE source selection documentation, as mandated by government regulations and Tufts policy. Please see the Tufts Bidding Policy for further information.


 TRAVEL RELATED EXPENSES

All travel related expenses should be paid by using the Tufts Corporate MasterCard or through reimbursement via the Tufts On-line Expense Management System (e-Expense).   Further this and other related information can be found on the Tufts Travel Portal.


 INTERDEPARTMENTAL REQUISITIONING

If ordering goods or services from departments within Tufts (internal service providers), please complete a Tufts Interdepartmental Requisition (IDR).


FOR QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE PROPER METHOD TO PURCHASE GOODS OR SERVICES AT THE UNIVERSITY, PLEASE CONTACT THE PURCHASING OFFICE.