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Understanding CUNYBuy: Marketplace vs. Non-Marketplace Requisitions and the Role of Blanket Orders

CUNYBuy is comprised of the Marketplace as well as the ability to place non-Marketplace requisitions.

Marketplace Requisitions: all orders must be itemized. Each product or service, its quantity, and its cost must be explicitly specified. Furthermore, the marketplace operates solely with approved vendors. At the time of writing, only Grainger/Edge and Complete Book are supported as approved suppliers within this system. Amount Only (Blanket Orders), where you could simply specify a total amount without itemization, are not supported in the CUNYBuy Marketplace.

Non-Marketplace Requisitions: For those accustomed to using Blanket Orders, orders can still be submitted outside of the CUNYBuy Marketplace via traditional channels. Non-marketplace requisitions provide flexibility when itemization is not possible or practical upfront.

Example for Non-Marketplace Requisition:

Suppose you anticipate requiring office supplies but do not know the precise items or quantities needed. In this case, you could submit an Amount Only (Blanket Order) for $200 through a non-Marketplace requisition. This approach permits multiple purchases against a single order, up to the approved amount, without being limited to specific vendors.

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