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Facilitating Smart Purchasing Practices

Purchasing Services provides efficient and effective buying methods, purchasing policies and procedures, and customer support for Penn faculty and staff. Purchasing Services also manages the University's economic inclusion program and Green Purchasing initiatives, and establishes strategic supplier relationships to provide lowest "total cost" products and services to the Penn community. 

Mark Mills
Executive Director, Purchasing Services
3401 Walnut Street Suite 440A
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228
Economic Inclusion

In total more than 10% of Penn's purchasing dollars are directed to local community businesses, while diversity-owned suppliers also enjoy greater than a 10% share of Penn’s total spend. Approximately 20% of marketplace participating suppliers are diversity-owned.


Ben’s Attic is Purchasing’s web-based surplus property exchange site that allows Penn faculty and staff to exchange and purchase surplus University-owned property.

Purchasing Services promotes the purchase of products with a reduced or minimal (ideally zero) environmental impact.


Cost Containment & Revenue Development

Purchasing's efforts to Identify new institution-wide and School and Center specific contracting and cost savings opportunities has resulted in an average of $35M in annual cost containment for the University. 


Purchasing joined with the Divisions of Finance and Information and Computing Services to implement a comprehensive solution that raised one of the University's essential administrative process, the Procure-to-Pay process, to a higher level of organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The effort was recognized with a 2019 Model of Excellence. 

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