Buyer III Lead
Welcome to the Campus Marketplace; a one stop shop to access preferred vendors and our CSU contract pricing!
This site is brought to you by 16 CSU Campuses acting as a partnership. The team has worked together to provide a shopping site, catalog suppliers, and great contract pricing. This is an exciting new venture and we hope it provides the catalogs and suppliers you need.
Campus Marketplace will be accessed through our campus portal, much like PeopleSoft. You will use your campus credentials (UserName and password) to log in.
- Select California State University, Stanislaus on the InCommon page.
- Click Next.
- Login to our campus Portal using your regular campus UserName and Password.
- You will land on the Campus Marketplace page.
Please let us know your comments and suggestions for future catalog suppliers by contacting our program administrator.
Supplier Catalog List
- B&H Photo Video
- Carolina Bio
- Complete Book & Media
- Fisher Scientific
- Gordon Industrial (SB/DVBE)
- Henry Schein
- Hewlett Packard Company
- IRG (DVBE)
- MSC Industrial Supply
- School Specialty, Inc.
- Sigma Aldrich
- Vet Force (DVBE)
- VWR International
- Waxie Sanitary Supply
FAQs…about the Program
1. What is the Campus Marketplace?
The Campus Marketplace is an online shopping site that features suppliers and special CSU contract pricing. The site is shared across the (16) member campuses (Chancellor's Office, Bakersfield, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Los Angeles, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Sonoma, and Stanislaus.) Together the campuses have created a common website, identified suppliers, and provided discounted pricing for the campus users.
2. Why are we partnering with other campuses on this shopping site?
The (16) campus collaboration has significant savings for the CSU. The campuses have shared the site expense, reduced the number of implementation hours, negotiated for improved pricing, and provided other improvements. The individual campuses may not have been able to accomplish this implementation alone with their own campus dollars, procurement staff, or implementation teams.
3. What is the advantage of using this catalog site?
The common site features special contract pricing for frequently used suppliers. It puts in one location the discounted pricing that is available to the CSU. The pricing often represents savings of 17-29% for many of the suppliers you currently use.
4. Have you experienced savings?
Yes, while working with the suppliers during the implementation phase we found that many users were not utilizing contracts at all and were paying list price for items. We found some users were buying from a non-CSU supplier who was then sourcing from our contracted suppliers at a higher rate than we would have paid if we had used the contracted supplier. We found that users often didn't know what suppliers to use or what contracts to access often missing a discount or free freight when placing orders.
5. When will the site become available?
The production site is currently being tested before the final release to our campus PCard users. Anticipated release will occur this summer.
6. What suppliers are featured?
Current suppliers include: B&H Photo, Carolina, CBMS, CDW, Fastenal, Dell, Fisher Scientific, GovConnection, Grainger, Graybar, Henry Schein, HP, IRG, McKesson Surgical, MSC Industrial, PPG and Glidden Paint, School Specialty, Sigma-Aldrich, Staples, VWR International, Waxie, and Wesco. We also have a catalog for VetForce to support California DVBEs. (Note that not all suppliers are available at this time but may be in the future.)
7. What if I don't have a PCard?
The site will feature a browse function that will allow a user to fill a shopping cart and forward it to their department PCard user for processing.
8. Is training available?
Yes, training will occur around campus at several locations and times. In addition, a training guide will be posted on Procurement's website.
9. May the site be used for personal purchases?
No, this site is for CSU Business Only. Discounted pricing is offered to us because of our role as a state agency or higher education entity. These prices are not offered by the suppliers to us as individuals.
10. How can I get a supplier added to the site?
Requests to add new supplier catalogs are welcome. Please send an email with your supplier name, supplier contact information, and any contract discounts you currently use to Procurement & Contract Services. We will review the request and submit the recommendation to the program administrator at the Chancellor's Office if there is enough activity/transactions to warrant it.
FAQs. . . about the System
11. What if I forget my password or get locked out?
After entering your full email address, select the "Forgot Password" link located to the right of the orange login button. You will be emailed a link to answer your security question and change your password. If this email takes longer than 90 seconds, check your spam folder. If you are locked out (after 3 attempts with an invalid user id or password), contact your Campus Marketplace Administrator to unlock your account.
12. What are external/internal notes on the Check-Out tab used for?
External notes will be visible on the order sent to the vendor. This will be helpful for noting your department or building on the shipping label. Internal notes can be used to document information for internal purposes and can be seen on your Activity Extract Report (menu>extract).
13. Can I add items from multiple vendors to my cart at one time?
Yes, you can shop from multiple vendors, add to your cart, and upon check-out, you will be asked to provide your credit card number for each vendor. You will receive separate transactions for each vendor.
14. How do I see the detail of my order at the checkout page?
At the checkout tab, your order will be in a summary format. If you want to view your individual lines, click the small blue triangle located on the top left side, next to the transaction number. This will expand to show all lines associated with your order. At this point, you may delete a specific line(s), change quantities, or add internal/external notes.
15. Will I receive an order confirmation or shipment receipt?
Campus Marketplace will email confirmation of order transmission; however, each vendor is responsible for emailing your order confirmation/shipment/receipt information.
16. How does the site control PCard limits or declined transactions?
US Bank controls will govern your purchase. Any limits, merchant category blocks, special requirements will be controlled by USB at the vendor's transaction level.
17. If a merchant category code is blocked, will I get an email from Campus Marketplace?
No. Any declined transaction notification would come from the vendor when the charge is declined, not through the Campus Marketplace.
18. Can I set up a "Favorite Shopping List" for recurring items?
Many of the vendors provide this functionality, and each vendor's site will be unique.
19. How are backorders handled?
It is the vendor's responsibility to communicate any backorder information to the requestor.
20. What do I use for my credit card reconciliation?
Do not use the Campus Marketplace credit card order for reconciling your PCard. You must submit the vendor's itemized receipt with your Stanislaus State / US Bank PCard statement.