Preferred Vendors

Preferred Vendors

Departments/schools are strongly encouraged to utilize preferred vendors for purchases of goods and services. A list of preferred vendors is maintained on the Purchasing Resource Services (PRS) website.

Bids for Purchase of $25,000 or Greater

For a purchase of $25,000 or more, if the department/school does not wish to utilize an existing preferred vendor or if a preferred vendor relationship does not exist for the product or service needed, the University requires that bids from at least three vendors be solicited and evaluated. If the department/school determines that a single vendor is uniquely qualified to meet the procurement objective, the sole source justification process must be completed. Refer to Purchasing Resource Services for more on the bid process.

Sole Source Justification Process

If the department/school determines that a single vendor is uniquely qualified to meet the procurement objective, the sole source justification process must be completed. Refer to Purchasing Resource Services for more on the sole source process.

Resources

Contact Information

Questions about preferred vendors? Bid and sole source justification processes? Contact Purchasing at 847-491-8120 or purchasing@northwestern.edu.