FAQs

How can I find out about additional savings opportunities?

Companies that partner with the University to provide goods and services often run promotions. These and other special negotiated discounts will be posted on “U”-Count’s Category Updates pages. Check back often for new promotions.

I have a suggestion for ways the University can reduce its expenses. Can I share my idea?

The success of the “U”-Count Procurement Initiative depends on the community’s involvement. If you have ideas on ways to save, send them to UCount Chair Melanie Savino at melanie.savino@uconn.edu or the appropriate Procurement team contact.

How do I use product standards when I need to make a purchase?

Product standards for each commodity area will be listed on the UCount website. Additionally, your colleagues in Procurement Services can help with any question you may have regarding standards. To speak with someone in Purchasing, please visit Purchasing Staff Directory for direct contact information.

Will new product standards affect the quality of the goods and services that I need?

Members of the UCount’s Category Sourcing teams thoroughly reviewed standards with quality in mind, especially since lower-cost products can sometimes result in a higher total cost of ownership. For example, inexpensive printers may have more costly toner. However, in other cases, substitutions for more expensive products were found. In most cases, standard generic products are of equivalent quality when compared to branded products.

Can I try new products before purchasing them?

Vendors may, in some cases, provide free product samples if you are interested in trying a new product. In addition, check the events calendar on this website for any upcoming “U”-Count Open Houses where products may also be displayed.

When should I consult with the Purchasing Department?

Working with UConn’s Purchasing Professionals for your procurement needs is always a good place to start. They can provide the best pricing options from the most qualified vendors. To speak with someone in Purchasing, please visit Purchasing Staff Directory for direct contact information.