July Buying Blue CoP-Procurement Optimization Program, Chrome River transition, and QTO

Jul 1, 2024 | News

We hope you’ll join us—virtually—on Thursday, July 18, 2024, from 10 to 11 a.m. ET, for our next Buying Blue Community of Practice event.

We invite you to submit questions in advance related to the topics below using this form.

  • Procurement Optimization Program—Tally Thrasher, assistant vice president and chief procurement officer, will provide opening remarks and an update on the Procurement Optimization Program.
  • Chrome River transition—Procurement Services is partnering with the Shared Services Centerto upgrade U-M’s expense reporting system to Chrome River on August 1, 2024. The current expense management system, Concur, will be retired on September 30, 2024. Karin Feher, assistant director travel & expense and business operations, will discuss how you can prepare for the upcoming transition and provide an update on our PCard/Travel Card programs.
  • Quote-to-Order overview—Quote to Order (QTO) is a web-based portal designed to help you easily obtain estimates from multiple university suppliers for mailing, printing, web/graphic design, and IT temp staffing services. Paul Labute, assistant director of strategic sourcing, and Becky Smiedendorf, strategic sourcing manager, will provide an overview of the QTO tool.

Register here

This event will be recorded and posted on the Procurement Services website on the Buying Blue page. If you have any questions about Buying Blue or our upcoming Community of Practice event, please email us.

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7071 Wolverine Tower
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1282
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