Our department provides services such as purchasing cards, vendor setups, and inventory control. Our office is located on the third floor of Samford Hall, room 301. We are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Banner manuals are available for your convenience to help assist you with any questions you may have concerning the program.
Purchasing Card Dispute FormRequest for Local Hotel ReservationRequest for Local Rental Vehicle
Fixed assets belonging to Samford University are identified and maintained through this area of the Purchasing department. Assets such as equipment, furnishing and related items can be relocated, removed, stored or disposed with prior approval. Assistance is also available to departments for the allocation and reutilization of equipment.
Office Depot is our primary office supply vendor. Samford Purchasing Card holders may order supplies directly via the Office Depot website and have them delivered to their offices.
Office Depot Business Solutions Division and Samford University have partnered together to help you with personal expenses! Take advantage of private online ordering at bsd.officedepot.com and next day delivery. This offer includes discounts on general office and school supply, technology and furniture.
For questions, contact Mickie Manning at email@example.com or call (205) 945-2650 (ext. 210).
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The Business Services Department is delighted to offer a University VISA Procurement Program for ordering supplies or business services as a flexible alternative for processing low dollar value items from vendors by using a University VISA Card. The Card (The Samford University Purchasing Card) may also be used for travel related services, i.e. airline tickets, hotel charges, restaurant charges and car rentals.
The Purchasing Card Program is arranged through Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama. With the Purchasing Card you, the end-user, can purchase non-restricted commodities of $500 or less, directly from the vendor without a purchase order. It will also drastically reduce the effort required to make payments for your purchases.
The use of the Purchasing Card will not change the policy of using good procurement practices. Therefore all cards are issued with the approval of the department managers. Any Card can be rescinded at any time by your manager or the Program Coordinator.
Purchasing Card Manual
The card may be used for purchases for goods or business services under $500 three times a day with a total maximum of $2000 in a 30 day billing cycle.
The card may be used for the purchase of travel related goods and services with a transaction limit or maximum per billing cycle set by the President, V.P.’s, Dean or department head. Having a University Purchasing Card does not entitle all holders to have the privilege of using the card for travel purchases.
Because most of the funding of Samford University is based on student tuition and donor gifts, faculty and staff should be vigilant about excessive spending on food and entertainment and should avoid instances where the University is funding employees entertaining each other.
The University will pay for approved, necessary and reasonable business meal expenditures that are hosted by and paid for by a Samford University employee that includes guests, business colleagues, donors and prospective employees and which results in a business benefit to the university. Examples include fundraising and recruitment.
If there are reasonable and necessary meal expenses for business meetings involving only University personnel and/or students during which focused business discussions take place, the frequency of such meetings and the related expenses must be appropriate to the purpose of the discussion and the nature of the business conducted. Examples of such meetings might include:
It should not be the expectation of any employee that Samford University will provide meals and/or snacks on a regular or routine basis.
The control limits are flexible and may be set for the particular individual card. The limits that can be set are:
The card holder is responsible for verifying all purchases and transactions on their individual statements.
Retail only purchases are exempt from State of Alabama sales tax.
If you believe a transaction on your statement is an error, please complete the Regions Dispute Form, or write a detailed letter on a separate sheet attached to this form with any accompanying documentation. This form can also be mailed to: Commercial Card Services, Attn: Fraud Dept, P.O. Box 1049, Southeastern, PA 19398.
Hotel reservations and car rentals are reserved primarily through the Purchasing Department. We only use local businesses for this purpose. All travel requests should be made at least one full day before the date of travel Enterprise Rent-A-Car 15 passenger van requests should be made as soon as possible to guarantee the availability of the van. More notice ensures less difficulty.
For charter bus rentals, the requestor must work out a contract with the charter company personally. We commonly use these companies:
P. O. Box 1540 Sumiton, AL 35148Phone: 205-648-2732Fax: 205-648-2793
301 Fl Shuttlesworth DriveBirmingham, AL 35234Phone: 205-324-4024
Things to remember when requesting new vendors:
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Mike McCormackDirector of Business Serviceshmmccorm@samford.edu205-726-2916
Julie MyersPurchasing Agentjbmyers@samford.edu205-726-4084
Monica SunPurchasing Assistanttsun@samford.edu205-726-2917