Do you have to use a contracted preferred supplier?
No, but it is strongly encouraged that you use the University’s contracted suppliers as the first choice of suppliers. In general, you should use the University's contracted suppliers for purchases. The University’s commitments to these suppliers grant quantity pricing, which benefits all units. When you buy through these supplier contracts, you generally do not have to obtain additional quotations, or use the competitive bid process.
The time it takes to process your requisition depends on the nature of the items you are purchasing and how long it takes your unit to work through the approval process in RU Marketplace. Once your unit approves the requisition, you may track the status by typing your requisition number search field on the top right of the RU Marketplace page.