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Lowe’s joins ESM’s supplier network

 [/et_pb_sidebar] “Users can now purchase items with credit cards, not just purchase orders. At the same time, a Lowe’s punch-out can help to bridge the facilities department gap in your procurement marketplace” Lowe’s joins ESM’s supplier network ESM users can now add Lowe’s punch-out We’re always on the lookout for ways to grow our supplier network because we know that online procurement portals get the most use when they have the businesses and retailers that users want to shop from.  So we’re excited to announce that we’ve recently added a big new business to the mix: Lowe’s, the second largest home improvement retailer in the world and the eighth largest retailer in the United States.  And as Lowe’s joins our increasingly diverse and strategic mix of suppliers with punch-out capabilities, it’s bringing some important new procurement initiatives to the table.  Users can now purchase items with credit cards, not just purchase orders. Government sector institutions can take advantage of an automatic 7% discount. And E&I and National IPA contracts are available. At the same time, a Lowe’s punch-out can help to bridge the facilities department gap in your procurement marketplace. Lowe’s sales representatives, who work regularly with facilities departments, can help pave the way with department leaders to encourage the use of an online procurement shopping portal, boosting spend, savings and overall benefits. We know our users regularly shop at Lowe’s, and we’re thrilled to add them to our supplier network. We’ll continue to add to our supplier network to ensure we have the right spend coverage for our customer base.  There is no minimum spend required to enable a...

Gonzaga Transforms Spend Management

 [/et_pb_sidebar] NEW: Case Study! Gonzaga University Transforms Spend Management with ESM Find out how they’re spending better! ESM Purchase gives the Procurement team at Gonzaga a clearer picture of just how university departments are spending their dollars and allows them to quickly address any issue that comes up. With a complete view into how the P-cards are being used, for example, it allows Gonzaga to analyze spend and identify new opportunities to drive savings and negotiate better contracts. In addition, the e-commerce shopping solution is easy to learn - no different than shopping and buying on consumer sites. They can simply search and click their way to the items they need. Then, if required, ship their online order to a supervisor for the appropriate approvals. “We promised an eCommerce experience and that’s really what it’s like,” said Steve Lunden, purchasing director at Gonzaga University said. “It’s really pretty simple and they know how to do it. They can order items without much interaction. It’s really intuitive.” In fact, Lunden said he didn’t have to schedule dozens of training sessions so users could become familiar with the system.  “It’s just a matter of people knowing it’s there and then making sure the right catalogs are available to them,” he said. Read more about Gonzaga’s experience in the newly published case study.   T Learn about Spend Management Transformation in our latest case study! Ready for Spend Management? Contact us. Free...

College of Western Idaho signs on with ESM

 [/et_pb_sidebar] College of Western Idaho signs on with ESM CWI to take advantage of ESM’s strategic partnership with Ellucian The College of Western Idaho will deploy ESM Purchase, with integration to Ellucian Colleague through Ellucian’s Ethos communication platform, and ESM Contract Management to streamline its spend management practices. Based in Nampa, Idaho, about 20 miles from Boise, CWI serves 31,600 students each year and operates with an annual budget of about $66.7 milion. Before signing on with ESM, CWI had procurement and contract solutions, but looked to ESM when it needed more sophisticated systems that also provided better experiences for its users. With ESM’s Procurement platform, CWI will deploy an online shopping portal where it can: Direct users to preferred suppliers and pricing to reduce rouge spend.   Improve processes for both accountability and transparency. Integrate with its ERP—Ellucian Colleague—for budget checking and funds encumbrance and to receive data via Ethos.   Cover the procure-through-receiving process, but continue to pay vendors using Ellucian Colleague. With ESM’s Contract solution, CWI will get the upgrades it needed, including: A fully searchable and centralized repository that contains multiple contract types. Flexible contract notifications that alert users about upcoming renewals and expiration dates and tracks deliverables to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. As CWI considered its options, ESM came out on top.. The solutions are affordable. The team has spent years helping other customers integrate our solutions with Ellucian Colleague. And, ESM’s strategic partnership with Ellucian assures that customers will continue to enjoy excellent ongoing support with the Ethos integration. This year, ESM and Ellucian announced that deeper partnership, which makes Purchase...

Ivy Tech Procurement Optimization

 [/et_pb_sidebar] NEW: Case Study! Ivy Tech Community College Case Study Procurement Optimization in the largest public college system in Indiana Ivy Tech Community College’s procurement leaders have a new mandate, courtesy of the public college’s latest strategic plan: To optimize the procurement process college-wide and increase virtual collaboration. Luckily, Ivy Tech’s team was already on its way to procurement optimization with ESM’s spend management platform, which features an intuitive user interface and a streamlined integration to its ERP, Banner by Ellucian: The platforms automatically talk to each other. ESM sends purchase orders and requests directly to Banner, which sends information back to ESM. ESM users benefit from Banner’s Budget Checking function. When users get close to or reach their budget limit, Budget Checking flags the transaction in Banner and sends a message to ESM. Together, the solutions track where transactions are in the process, speeding up the turnaround time for purchase orders. It’s simply built into the integration. T Learn about Procurement Optimization at Ivy Tech Community College in our latest case study! Ready for Spend Management? Contact us. Free...

Delaware Valley University Procurement Transformation

 [/et_pb_sidebar] NEW: Case Study! Delaware Valley University Case Study From paper process to seamless integration Delaware Valley University is a poster child for procurement efficiency. But that wasn’t always the case. Before partnering with ESM, the institution’s paper-based workflows were the cause of inefficiency and administrative headaches: Illegible yellow requisition forms Impossible-to-track paper contracts Lost and outdated paperwork But today, with ESM seamlessly integrated with Colleague by Ellucian, the procurement process has been transformed and real dollar savings are adding up. T Learn about Delaware Valley University’s Procurement Transformation in our latest case study! Ready for Spend Management? Contact us. Free...

ESM-Ellucian Partnership Continues to Build

 [/et_pb_sidebar] Big News from The Big Easy Momentum of the ESM-Ellucian Partnership Continues to Build April was a busy month at ESM! A major highlight for us was the Ellucian Live conference in New Orleans. With record crowds and a flurry of interest and activity about the ESM-Ellucian partnership, the enthusiastic crowds kept us hopping.  If you were there, hopefully, you grabbed one of our commemorative t-shirts! 😉 Interest in the partnership and the power of the integrated solutions has been even stronger than we expected. With the influx of inquiries, we are working on a number of additional resources for our audiences in higher education. In fact, you can already register for a live demonstration of Ellucian Purchase, scheduled for June 6th!   A REGISTER for a LIVE webinar demonstration of Ellucian Purchase on June 6th!   Back to Ellucian Live: ESM presented three heavily-attended sessions to share strategies for incorporating Ellucian Purchase, powered by ESM, into users’ spend management processes. During the four-day conference, ESM presentations highlighted our strategic partnership with Ellucian, including the recent launch of Ellucian Purchase and ESM’s integration with Ethos, to help higher education institutions better track their spend. Presentation topics included: All About Integration: Ellucian Purchase Leverages Ethos – Attendees learned how ESM is using Ethos Integration and Ethos Data Model APIs to integrate with Banner and Colleague much faster and more cost-effectively to meet organization’s procurement and accounts payable needs. What’s New with Ellucian Purchase – We presented what’s new in Ellucian Purchase, powered by ESM, which provides a consumer shopping experience and the ability to request goods and services, create purchase...

University of Alabama expands ESM spend management

 [/et_pb_sidebar] NEW: Case Study! University of Alabama extends, expands agreement for ESM spend management Institution to implement ESM’s latest applications The University of Alabama has both extended and expanded its agreement to implement ESM’s award-winning tools. The public research university based in Tuscaloosa, AL, serves more than 38,300 undergraduate and graduate students and is home to the top-ranked Crimson Tide football program. Since 2013, Alabama has automated procurement and other spend management functions with ESM, so it could rein in maverick spend and gain visibility into how the university’s budget dollars were spent. With ESM, Alabama has celebrated major gains, including a 132 percent increase in purchase orders processed through the system and a 183 percent jump in total purchase card transactions. Alabama now will extend its contract with ESM for an additional three years, so it can continue to take advantage of ESM’s procurement, sourcing and contract management tools along with ESM’s latest modules. With ESM, Alabama already has access to: An online shopping portal with only its negotiated contracts and preferred vendors. The intuitive platform helps organizations automate procure-to-pay processes, control maverick spend and gain complete visibility into its spend. The platform seamlessly integrates with its ERP - Banner by Ellucian. A fully searchable contract management platform that eliminates bottlenecks in the approval process, avoids unintended renewals or expirations and predicts future workloads.   Flexible software that lets it configure bids, RFPs, RFQs and other sourcing events, provides sealed bid capabilities and facilitates communication with vendors. As part of the updated contract, Alabama will license the ESM Purchase Storeroom module, which pulls in physical stores directly into...