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Procurement and Payment Services

University resource for purchasing-related activities

Who We Are

Procurement and Payment Services, part of Financial Operations, is the single point of contact for all centralized procurement and payment activities. Procurement and Payment Services is considered the procurement expert at Northwestern, setting the overall strategy regarding how purchases and payments should be made.


New Vendors in iBuyNU

New Promotional Items Vendor - Corporate Imaging Concepts

PPS recently awarded four Preferred Vendor contracts for promotional items based on the results of a formal competitive bid. We are excited to announce Corporate Imaging Concepts (CIC) is the first of the four to be added to iBuyNU!

 All NU logos and logo placement on the iBuyNU site has been pre-approved by the Northwestern Trademark Licensing Office. This on-line shopping experience allows NU users to view popular promotional products (such as drinkware, apparel, bags, etc.) and place orders with the approved NU Trademark logos and logo placement.  This process will streamline not only the ordering and delivery of product, but NU’s internal approval process as well.

For questions, please contact Julie Maul at 847-491-5321 or

New Business Card and Stationery Vendor - Active Graphics

The iBuyNU Marketplace now features new stationery items reflecting Northwestern’s brand standards, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Procurement and Payment Services and Global Marketing. We have worked to ensure that quality, cost effective products are available, and hope you take advantage.
Northwestern recently awarded a preferred vendor contract to Active Graphics, Inc. for branded stationery items. The Active Graphics catalog on iBuyNU offers frequently ordered items, such as business cards, envelopes, and letterhead (both electronic and paper). Notepads and mailing labels will be added at a later date.
Key benefits of the new catalog include:

  • An easy to use, streamlined user interface
  • High quality products at competitive prices
  • Free shipping (most orders will be received within 5 business days after receipt of order)

 If you have any questions about the new Active Graphics contract, please contact Shelia Watkins at or 847.491.8125.

New Coffee and Supply Vendor - Mark Vend

Mark Vend offers many of your favorite coffee brands (Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Keurig, etc.) at competitive prices. Additionally, Mark Vend supplies a large variety of pantry items such as chips, sodas, juices, flavored water, and sweets.  
All coffee machines currently on campus have been acquired by Mark Vend to eliminate any downtime during the change in vendors. The machines are provided free of charge with your regular coffee or tea orders and there are no minimum orders or delivery charges.
The delivery days are as follows:
Evanston Campus – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
Chicago Campus – Tuesday, Thursday
If you have any questions about the new Mark Vend contract, please contact Julie Maul at or 847-491-5321.

Transitioning the P-Card Program to the One Card Program

Current Procurement Cardholders, we are pleased to announce that your new Northwestern chip and pin One Card will be available beginning August 2. This card will replace your current Procurement Card. As previously communicated, the One Card is one of several initiatives underway to improve service delivery related to procurement and payment services and processes.

For more information please see the One Card Transition Schedule and the One Card Activation Instructions & Program Reminders.

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