What if I find an item cheaper from another vendor, rather than the preferred contracted vendor?

We understand and acknowledge there will be instances in which this will occur. We also recognize budget limitations. However, the success of these contracts is captured with pricing based on the entire university community. When we can demonstrate aggregation of spend over time, we can then negotiate further cost considerations with these suppliers. If the price differential is not significant, purchase with the preferred supplier and forward appropriate information to Procurement. For large price disparities, please email procurement@kent.edu for advice or approval. If we cannot resolve with the preferred supplier, we will work with the departments on alternative sources.