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Current News

This page provides procurement-related news including featured stories from our Dollars & Sense newsletter, current updates related to our Preferred Vendors, and upcoming events. You can also view News Stories By Year or view Back Issues of our newsletter for more information. 

Featured Stories

Regular Features

New Contracts

Procurement and Payment Services (PPS) conducts many Invitations to Bid to establish contracts for use by departments and schools. These contracts may be for use by all departments and schools, which are Preferred Vendors, or they may be contracts for use by specific departments and schools. Contracts are established based on the results of a formal, competitive Invitation to Bid process. See the Preferred Vendor List for more information on all vendor contracts.

Recent Contracts Established by PPS
  • Enterprise-wide Food Service
  • ARD - Uprising Software
  • ARD - iModules Software
  • Kellogg - Levels Beyond (Reach Engine) Digital Asset Management Software
  • Northwestern IT - Splunk Software

Changes to Existing Contracts

Updates to existing contracts established by Procurement and Payment Services (PPS) may include new contact information for dedicated representatives, service updates, and newly available products. For questions about these updates, please view the individual vendor pages on the Preferred Vendor List or contact PPS at 847.491.8120 or  

Recent Changes Made to Contracts Established by PPS

New B&H Account Team Email Address
B&H Photo-Video has created a new higher-ed specific team email address, which will streamline the ordering and email contact process. The same dedicated team members will still be handling the correspondence, however response times should be accelerated. The new email address is

DoubleTree Hotel is now DoubleTree by Hilton, Chicago MagMile

The DoubleTree Hotel is now DoubleTree by Hilton, Chicago MagMile. Along with the hotel's new branding, new representatives have been assigned to Northwestern:

New Dell Account Team
Northwestern’s Dell account team has changed, including our main sales representative and customer service person. The best and most-efficient way to initiate contact with the Dell team will continue to be emailing, which is monitored by everyone on the Northwestern Dell team. However, for direct access to specific team members, Dave Muehling (sales) can be reached at and Nathan Kolodziej (customer service) can be reached at or 512.513.1042.

Dell "Back to School" Offer
Dell is currently offering Northwestern faculty, staff, and students a $100 eGiftcard for all models over $499 under the "Shop Your Standard Configuration" section. To access personal purchase discounts, visit our dedicated discount site, The e-giftcard offer is valid until 10/1/18.

PC Hardware Tier 1 Refresh (Lenovo and Dell)
The “Tier 1” units (for which Northwestern receives the highest discount percentage) in iBuyNU have been refreshed across both Preferred Vendors for PC hardware, Lenovo (through CDWG) and Dell. This refresh will allow Northwestern to purchase the most up-to-date hardware at contract prices.

To access the Tier 1 units in the Dell catalog in iBuyNU, click on the “Standard Configurations” link on the main page. To access the Tier 1 Lenovo units, enter the CDWG catalog and click on the Lenovo icon from the main page. For both vendors, the entire catalog is still open, however Tier 1 units receive the highest discount.

If you need to custom-build a machine or have questions about a unit, please reach out to our vendor reps directly at or  Details on the specifications for the Tier 1 units can be found on the CDWG and Dell Preferred Vendor pages.

Contracts We're Working On

Procurement and Payment Services (PPS) is always working to establish Preferred Vendor contracts that best serve the needs of all Northwestern departments and schools. These are a combination of new contracts and timely rebids of current contracts. For questions about these or other bids, please contact PPS at 847.491.8120 or

  • Student Renter's Insurance
  • Life Safety Maintenance Program
  • Patent Prosecution/IP Legal Services
  • Laboratory Reference Testing
  • Carpet and flooring
  • Shredding services
  • Grease trap cleaning
  • Signage
  • Computer recycling
  • Travel Services
  • Banking
  • Copier Management
  • IT services prequalified list
  • Printing prequalified list
  • Staffing prequalified list
  • Construction prequalified list

Sustainability Highlights

Creating a More Sustainable Campus Workplace
Northwestern is committed to being a leader in sustainability, and faculty and staff have essential roles to play in reaching the University's sustainability goals. The campus sustainability program, sustainNU, offers opportunities for everyone on campus to get involved in reducing Northwestern’s environmental footprint. Here are some ways to pitch in and do you part to create a greener workplace:

Participate in the Green Office Program
The sustainNU Green Office program empowers University employees who are striving to adopt environmental best practices in the workplace. The program offers guidance on conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and increasing environmental awareness on campus. Program participants get support from sustainNU staff, and have opportunities to network with other Green Office participants. Learn more on the sustainNU website or email to get involved.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Everyone on campus can help cut back on the amount of waste going to to landfills by recycling, and looking for ways to generate less waste. Northwestern collects "mixed recycling," which means paper, cardboard, cans, plastic, and glass can all be placed in the same bin. Separate recycling collection services are available for other items such as electronics, lab equipment, and batteries. Learn more about what you can recycle on the sustainNU website, or contact sustainNU if you need recycling bins or labels for your workplace.

Host Sustainable Events
Faculty, staff, and student groups can help Northwestern become more sustainable by considering the environmental impact of meetings and events. The sustainNU website offers a guide to hosting more sustainable events by considering things such as printing, catering choices, and use of disposable items.

Get Involved
To stay up to date on sustainability efforts on campus, subscribe to the sustainNU email newsletter, and follow @sustainNU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wildcard Advantage Updates & Employee Discounts

New Wildcard Advantage businesses:

Business Category Campus Discount/Offer
Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill Food & Restaurants EV 10% off food and beverage purchases
Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery Arts, Crafts, & Hobbies EV 10% off most items
(employees only)
Automotive EV + CH Discounted rates
Sparkl Automotive EV

20% off on-site car washes 

(employees only)
Automotive EV + CH Preferred pricing
Electrolysis For You Beauty & Fitness EV 20% off appointments in first month
Seven Star Wellness Beauty & Fitness CH $15 off
Kovet Boutique Clothing & Accessories EV 10% off
Patagonia – Magnificent Mile & Lincoln Park Clothing & Accessories CH 20% off
Timberland Clothing & Accessories EV + CH 20% off 
UNiDAYS Clothing & Accessories EV + CH Offers vary
The Wall Street Journal Entertainment & Museums EV + CH Free membership
Cooked Food & Restaurants EV + CH 10% off meal delivery
Furious Spoon Food & Restaurants EV 15% off
Hearth Restaurant Food & Restaurants EV 15% off bill during Sunday Brunch
Leona's Pizzeria & Restaurant Food & Restaurants CH 15% off
Ovo Frito Cafe Food & Restaurants EV 10% off
Patisserie Coralie Food & Restaurants EV 10% off
Sam's Club
(students only)
Food & Restaurants EV + CH $25 gift card with purchase of $45 Collegiate Membership
Sushi Burrito Food & Restaurants EV 10% off
Z Breakfast Club Food & Restaurants EV 10% off
be better acupuncture Health Care EV First visit: $100; follow-up visits: $80
Custom Eyes Health Care EV 20% off of prescription eyewear and sunglasses
Divine Creative Synergy Health Care EV 10% off Reiki and aromatherapy 
Bozzuto Management Home Furnishings & Maintenance CH Waived admin fee and free club room rental
HUBBARD221 by Bozzuto Home Furnishings & Maintenance CH Waived admin and application fee
312 Elements Headshot Photography Professional Services EV + CH 50% off Essential Headshot package
Illinois Advocates Professional Services EV + CH 30% off
Mike Sansone Photography Professional Services EV + CH 30% off headshot session
Robinson Rental Professional Services EV Up to 75% off move-in fee
Freehand Chicago Hotel Travel Supplies & Services CH Discounted rates
Megabus Travel Supplies & Services CH $5 off any ticket


General Reminders

Some things to keep in mind for Summer 2018:

Reminders & Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints and Reminders When Arranging Moving Services
Moving season is upon us! Be sure to review Northwestern's updated Household Goods Move Process and Best Practices when you need to arrange moving services for new faculty and staff.  

WebEx Available at No Cost
WebEx audio and video conferencing is now available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. WebEx is a cloud-based meeting tool for hosting and attending online meetings. Meeting participants are able to join the meeting via smartphone, tablet, computer, or telephone. For more information, visit the WebEx section of the Northwestern IT website.