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Penn Purchasing Services

To the University Community:

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."

Therefore, Acquisition Services was renamed Penn Purchasing Services on September 1, 2002.

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 process.

Please visit our new Penn Purchasing Services web site at Questions regarding this change should be directed to Ralph Maier ( in Purchasing Services.

-- Ralph Maier, Associate Director, Purchasing Services

Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 5, September 24, 2002


September 24, 2002
Volume 49 Number 5

The Annenbergs enhance Penn's Annenberg School for Communication with a new $100 million endowment.
A Sesquicentennial Celebration--celebrating 150 years of Engineering at Penn, this week.
LGBT Center celebrates new home and 20th anniversary on Thursday.
A White House Town Hall Meeting on Securing Cyberspace will be held on campus next Thursday.
Alumna on Jeopardy! tonight.
Speaking Out: Compensation; Safe-guarding Labs, and Arms of University.
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center--a state-of-the-art facility--gives new meaning to recreation.