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As your Business Officer may have shared with you, Procurement and Business Services has been busy working on updates to the supplier registration process to help safeguard the University and ensure that the suppliers we have available to you are reputable companies.
Currently we are finalizing the new process and will be having our top suppliers come in and test the new process in mid-December.
Along with this new process, we are cleaning up the supplier database in buyWays to ensure that all supplier profiles are up to date and accurate. Any supplier that Clemson University has not done business with, or has conducted only limited business, within the past two years will be inactivated. If you have an urgent need to have a supplier added between December 8th and 15th, please contact Shirley Alexander.
Detailed information and training snippets on the new process will be available on 12/18. Below is a schedule of what is to come.
Updates will be posted to this site as we make this transition. New training items and more specific details will be added as new features and processes go live. Check back for updates.
|Update||What is it||Who's Affected||Estimated Start Date|
|Current Registration Site Down||On this date, no registration site will be available||Suppliers||12/8/17|
|Clean-up of Current Suppliers||Review of all suppliers in buyWays, inactivate suppliers not used||Suppliers||12/8/17|
|New Supplier Registration Process Live||New process for suppliers to be registered||Campus and Suppliers||12/18/17|
|Payment Policy Updates||New payment options will be available||Suppliers||12/18/17|
|Training||Updated online training for Campus and Suppliers||Campus and Suppliers||December 2017 and ongoing|
|Change Orders||Change orders to current PO's||Campus and Suppliers||Spring 2018|
|After the Fact Orders||Policy for orders placed without a purchase order||Campus and Suppliers||Spring 2018|
Recently, there have been multiple successful phishing attacks and security breaches at other Higher Ed schools. These attacks are focusing more on supply chain and procurement where significant money transacts. Our goal is to improve the process while protecting the University at the same time.
All suppliers will have their information vetted prior to becoming active in our system. Simply put, we are going to ensure that they are who they say they are and take the extra step to ensure we provide quality, reputable companies for you to do business with.
Clemson University is managing the conversion and administration of supplier’s receiving electronic payments as the default method of payment and moving away from making payments via paper check. There will be two payment options available for domestic suppliers, Paymode and TigerPay while the only available option for international suppliers will be via wire. Checks will only be issued on a limited and rare occasion.
Procurement and Business Services has updated the process in which a supplier will register to do business with Clemson to include a vetting process to ensure that they are a reputable business.
All suppliers will be affected. The top 2500 suppliers will have to update their profile in buyWays. Suppliers that have been inactivated will require a valid business need to be invited to register. (see details below)
Going forward, campus will need to request a supplier to be invited in the new process. This is to ensure we don’t have suppliers in the system that aren't being utilized. The request will be in buyWays with a few simple questions. Procurement and Business Services will then make the determination and invite the supplier to register.
Related Orgs will not be affected with this new supplier registration process.
No, suppliers with open purchase orders will not be inactivated.
During the interim (12/8 through 12/15) where there is no supplier registration portal, contact Shirley Alexander with a request for supplier addition.
If you find there is a need for a supplier, and the supplier is not in buyWays, follow the steps:
Suppliers will be invited by Procurement and Business Services to register once it is determined that there is a need for that supplier. Due to this new vetting process, it will take longer for the supplier to become active in buyWays.
Suppliers that are new to Clemson, will be required to register before receiving any orders. Only suppliers who are invited to register will be able to complete the registration process. An email invitation will be sent to the supplier to complete once a need has been identified.
The registration will capture key information about the supplier. Procurement and Business Services will review registered supplier profiles when considering suppliers for ordering.
Suppliers who do not receive an invitation from Clemson, will still be able to register with the University in our bidding system as a bidder where they can potentially earn future Clemson business.