The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa Purchasing departments are collaborating with Huron Consulting to develop better master agreements in seven spend categories.  Consolidating and analyzing spend data across the three institutions by vendor will allow us to determine the best approach to strategically sourcing each category. 

In some categories, negotiations with the current incumbent vendor will provide us with the best outcome.  In other categories, the regent institutions will be developing and issuing a joint Request for Proposal (RFP) to ensure the best pricing and services are offered.  The overall goal of this initiative is to leverage spend across all three institutions and improve pricing.  The collaborative approach includes the following spend categories:

Wave One – Fall 2015

  • Office supplies
  • PCs/laptops
  • Computer peripherals
  • Prime food vendor

 Wave Two – Spring 2016

  • Janitorial supplies
  • Scientific supplies
  • Maintenance repair & operations supplies
Debby Zumbach

Debby Zumbach

Interim Assistant Vice President and Director of Purchasing and Business Services