Supplier Search by PO History – This feature allows a user to enter descriptive words about a product or service (e.g. “pipette” or “advertising”), and then returns a list of Approved suppliers from which the University has purchased in the last 18 months. The listed results indicate whether or not each supplier is a Preferred Contract Supplier to the University, thereby removing the requirement for competitive bid.
Supplier Search by Classification (see below) – This feature allows a user to check certain classification criteria (e.g. Minority, West Phila) as well as keywords to help identify Approved suppliers based on the selected criteria. As with the Supplier Search by PO History, the results indicate whether or not each suppliers is a Preferred Contract Supplier to the University, which removes the requirement for competitive bid.
If you still can’t find an approved supplier in the database for your needs, please consult with Strategic Sourcing by submitting an inquiry at
or by contacting the appropriate Sourcing Manager per the Staff and Responsibilities section of the Purchasing Services website.