Purchasing Guidelines

Below you will find information on the different purchase methods available to support you in your purchase. Contact a member of the Purchasing Division with questions.

Purchase Methods When to Use? Benefits
Blanket Order(BO) Use a Blanket Order when your Department is making frequent low dollar value purchases from the same vendor. ✔ Save time
Order directly with the vendor, a Purchase Order or LPO is not needed.
Purchasing Card (PCard)

Use a Purchase Card (Scotiabank Visa) when you don't have a Blanket Order set up for a vendor or when a vendor won't accept a Purchase Order. ✔ Shop online
Great for purchases outside normal business hours.
Limited Purchase Order (LPO) Use an LPO when there isn't a Blanket Order set up for a vendor, when the purchaser doesn't have a PCard or when the merchant doesn't accept PCards. ✔ Flexibility
Once authorized, an LPO can be used by anyone in the Department.
Purchase Order(PO)/ Supply Purchase Requisition(SPR) Use a Purchase Order/SPR when ordering a Restricted Item. You can also use a Purchase Order when a vendor won't accept an LPO or a PCard.

Need help deciding? Contact Purchasing.

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