PLACING PURCHASING CARD ORDERS
The procedure for placing
Purchasing Card orders is as follows:
- Identify the need for
materials required to perform a job related task.
- Determine if the intended
purchase will be within your Purchasing Card authorized limits.
If the purchase is greater than $4,999.99, you must submit a requisition for
purchase to Procurement Services. Instructing a vendor to split a
single item costing greater than $4,999.99 into more than one charge on
a Purchasing Card is a violation of the Purchasing Card program
guidelines, and causes the vendor to be in violation with his contract
- Ensure the materials to be
purchased are not on the list of items that must be procured through
Ordering Your Purchases
Call, visit or fax the supplier that you selected to place your
order. You can place your order on-line via the world-wide-web.
Pay with your UVM Purchasing Card. Your vendor will require the
- your name
- confirmation that you are
a UVM employee
- your Purchasing Card
number and expiration date
- UVM's sales tax exempt
status: The University’s Vermont Sales Tax Exempt Number is
- your campus delivery
- your campus billing
3. Ask the
vendor to provide a "priced packing list" with each shipment, or a copy
of the Purchasing Card sales slip and original receipt for each
in-person purchase. If you place an order over the Internet
using the World Wide Web, there should be a screen showing exactly how
much your card will be charged, including shipping. Print this
page from your
At time of order placement, note any changes in chart string or
to your home are not allowed. Shipments to other UVM locations
are permissible, provided you make arrangements with the employee
receiving the items to send you the itemized receipt, priced packing
list, and any other documentation included with the shipment. You
will need this documentation for your records.
- Do not
allow the supplier to make a partial shipment or back order the
balance, and charge you for the total quantity. The Purchasing
Card may only be used for one complete shipment at one time of all of
the items you order. When the supplier does not have all of the
items in stock, order the balance later when he receives his new stock
of the items you want.
- If your
card is declined by the vendor, it may be because you have exceeded
your spending limit, or because the vendor’s industry has been blocked
for your card, or because the card was reported lost or stolen.
Another frequent reason for a decline is the vendor making an error
with your card number or expiration date. There needs to be an
exact match of credit card number and expiration date in order for the
bank to process the transaction. Contact your Program
Administration Team to resolve the problem.
Receiving Your Shipment
- Make sure the supplier
correctly filled your order. Verify that you received all of the
items in the quantities that are specified on your Purchasing Card
receipt or priced packing list.
- Verify that sales tax
not charged to your invoice.
- Save the Purchasing Card
sales slip, itemized receipt or priced packing list, and shipping
- Attach receipts and
documentation to the PurCard Journal Report.
- Provide expediting/order
follow-up as necessary, including tracing of lost shipments and filing
claims for damaged shipments. You may request guidance in these
areas from the Procurement Services. However, the responsibility for
taking appropriate actions in these areas remains with the Cardholder.
Each time transactions are
downloaded from Mellon Bank, Procurement Services sends an email notification to
cardholders and designates. Review the email to verify the
accuracy of the charge. Unless the purchase is for airfare, Procurement Services does NOT
need to receive the email with the PurCard Journal Report. There are separate instructions for airfare
purchases and corresponding
- Ensure all goods ordered
billed have been received.
- Retain all Purchasing Card
sales slips, itemized receipts, priced packing lists, and shipping
documentation for your records.
- Remember, although other
functional areas of the institution, e.g. Procurement Services, etc., may be available to provide
guidance to you, the responsibility to complete the purchase from a
vendor (except for payment of the Purchasing Card bill) rests solely
with you the cardholder. These other functional areas are not
responsible to perform any of the tasks indicated above for the
Services is responsible for
payment of the total Purchasing Card bill. All items billed will
be paid. The total charge summarized on your monthly statement is
only one of many that are consolidated into one bill from Mellon Bank.
- The Procurement Services staff remains responsible for placing
blanket orders and negotiating other agreements with participating
- If a vendor asks for a
of the University's tax exempt certificate, call Procurement Services at 656-4192. A copy can be
printed from the Tax
Administration web site.