Supplier or Vendor Contracts

The use of required supplier or vendor contracts is a State of Ohio initiative mandated by the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education. Kent State University implemented the mandate into university policy in order to increase efficiencies in expense management, as well as decrease cost to students and their families. All purchases of goods and/or services for which there is an existing university contract with one or more preferred vendor(s) must be made from those vendors.

Additional information about the mandate and considerations about vendor selection can be found at the Preferred Vendor Contracts FAQ.

These commodities and their corresponding vendors are the only mandated university contracts. If you need help sourcing goods or services with any other commodity, please contact and for recommendations. Updates to these vendor contracts will be communicated through BAS forum communications.


Required Vendors - University Contracts

The vendors within these commodities are required and university-wide. Their contracts are a result of the State of Ohio initiative or have been selected as part of a cross-departmental formal bid process through the Procurement department.

Asbestos, Lead and Haz WasteBeverage

Car RentalChemical Haz Waste

Computer Hardware & PeripheralsCopiers and Printers

Document Shredding and DestructionEnvelopes

Janitorial or Cleaning SuppliesLinen Rental or Laundering Services

Office FurnitureOffice Supplies

Printing Services & Large FormatPromotional Items

Scientific SuppliesSmall Parcel Courier Services

Travel ServicesUniversity Amazon Business Account


Preferred Vendors

The vendors within these commodities offer purchasing discounts and benefits through higher education consortia or departmental RFP-awarded contract agreements. The use of these vendors maximizes best overall value for the university and improves individual productivity.

Audio Visual Equipment and Services Cellular Companies

Chartered BusingInformation Technology Hardware Components

Moving ServicesMaintenance (MRO) Supplies

PaintRings, Diploma Covers, Awards