12 10 / 2012

Even though this week has been a short one (coming off the long Thanksgiving weekend), it has been filled with challenge and entertainment!

There’s been one burning question I’ve been presented with on several occasions this week:

"Why do we need to submit a Purchase Requisition (PO)?"

I went on a slight rant about this topic in a previous post (Cheque Requisitions vs. Purchase Requisitions), but I think it deserves a second chat.

At Queen’s, we are fervently attempting to eliminate Cheque Requisitions for purchases of goods and services. In the efforts to acheive that lofty goal there are other options Queen’s departments have (and are recommended to utilize) in order to still acquire and pay for their departmental purchases:

Visa Procurement Card or Purchase Order

There are loads of benefits within each option (i.e. Visa Procurement Card purchases are typically instantaneous in the sense that you order the product and “pay” for it right away; PO’s are completed online as opposed to printing and having to obtain signatures on a form, and are considered a “contract/agreement” in a sense between Queen’s and the vendor).

In both scenarios, paying with personal cash/dealing with reimbursement is not something to worry about. What’s not to love about that?

I spent a couple mornings over at Botterell Hall this week, giving condensed training sessions on Purchase Requisition entry. The goal was to present another option to the attendants, for dealing with the purchasing of goods/services.

My hope is to have the above ramblings answer the question posed in this post.

If I haven’t, as always give me a shout - nicole.mundell@queensu.ca.

Happy procuring!