Q: Can I purchase furniture on my Procurement Card?
A: As the Procurement Office works to streamline the furniture ordering process all ProCard orders are prohibited unless approved by the Procurement Office in advance.
Q: Can I buy from IKEA?
A: It is highly recommended that you DON’T purchase from IKEA. IKEA sells residential furniture that tends not to last in an office environment. Since IKEA is not a vendor in the Procurement system only a ProCard could be used there and it is prohibited to use a ProCard for furniture purchases.
Q: Can I buy from a website or a catalog I received in the mail?
A: While furniture from a catalog or website may seem enticing it tends to be of a lesser quality. These companies also drop-ship their product and rely on customer installation. Since most of these vendors are not in the Procurement system only a ProCard could be used and it is prohibited to use a ProCard for furniture purchases.
Q: Why has the Procurement Office standardized?
A: The Procurement Office standardized on furniture because in doing so we can we can control the quality and pricing. We establish excellent relationships with preferred dealers that know the campus well and help to lower installation costs. We will also be able to re-use and recycle similar furniture throughout departments as well.
Q: Why does furniture take so long to get? Why can’t I get something in a week?
A: Furniture that can be delivered within a few days tends to be of much lesser quality, doesn’t last as long and isn’t cost effective. Quality furniture is made to order and usually takes 6-8 weeks to receive from order. Our preferred dealers do offer some quick-ship items but these still tend to take 3-4 weeks for delivery and will cost more.
Q: Can I buy furniture from Office Basics?
A: Yes, you may purchase some small furniture from Office Basics however; it is recommended that you contact the Procurement Office first. Any Task Chairs need to be purchased through the Task Chair Program.
Q: Can I try a task chair before purchasing?
A: Yes and this is highly recommended. All task chair samples are working samples located in Suite 109 in St. Mary Hall. Please contact the Procurement Office to schedule an appointment. Chairs cannot be sent out on campus as they are currently in use.