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UPDATE: The listening sessions originally scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Marshall University would be adopting a “Save to Serve” culture to eliminate waste and inefficiencies through a shared governance accountability model and by investing in e-procurement capabilities. As part of this process, the Office of Purchasing is implementing a new e-procurement solution by Unimarket that will streamline and standardize the procure-to-pay processes on campus. This new system, called the Marshall Marketplace, will be implemented this spring.
Over the last several months, the Office of Purchasing has been busy preparing for these upcoming changes. This has included working with Huron Consulting on the pre-planning process.
In addition, the Office of Purchasing has been working on the backend to make the necessary changes and updates in Banner to prepare for the launch of the Marshall Marketplace. This includes the scrubbing of current vendor lists, codes, users, ORGS, etc. Next, the Office of Purchasing will begin identifying existing contracts for the vendor catalog.
Existing purchasing policies and procedures are being reviewed and revised to align with the new e-procurement processes and a communications plan is being created to ensure proper notification of these changes. Updates will be provided throughout the implementation process via the We Are Marshall newsletter, campus email and on the purchasing website at www.marshall.edu/purchasing/marketplace.
The Office of Purchasing has planned information sessions for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 to go over the project goals, status and timeline and to address any questions or concerns. These identical sessions will be available both in-person in Drinko Library 349 and virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Focus teams are also being created for early 2024. These teams will participate in testing and providing feedback prior to the launch of the Marshall Marketplace.
For questions regarding the Marshall Marketplace implementation or the information session or to request to participate in the upcoming focus teams, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.