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How to Join the Penn Marketplace

The University of Pennsylvania, introduced the Penn Marketplace (Penn's private online supplier exchange) to the campus community on January 1, 2002. Campus wide utilization of the Penn MarketplaceĀ  has resulted in increased customer satisfaction, streamlined ordering efficiency, significant increase in utilization of authorized buying tools, increased business opportunity for participating preferred contract suppliers, and significant product and service cost savings for the University.

The 180 Penn Marketplace participating preferred contract suppliers received approximately 68% of all University purchase order transactions, a remarkable accomplishment considering that there are over 20,000 approved suppliers in the University's BEN Buys purchasing system supplier database. Participating suppliers also realize significant annual growth in their business at Penn, due in large part to the University's commitment to eProcurement, support from the Purchasing Services organization, and ease of ordering for faculty and staff. For these suppliers, participation in the Penn Marketplace is a "competitive advantage".

As Purchasing Services continuously addresses the eProcurement solution, we identify opportunities to add new suppliers and content to the Penn Marketplace. If you are a current BEN Buys approved supplier, or a supplier interested in establishing a new business relationship with Penn, participation in the Penn Marketplace provides suppliers - large and small - with an equal opportunity to gain Penn's business.

Suppliers interested in an opportunity to participate in the Penn Marketplace should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Director, eBusiness in Purchasing Services.