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The mission of Procurement, a department within Procurement Services, is to directly support RISD's educational, environmental and administrative needs. We are dedicated to assisting the college community with the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services through the negotiation of special pricing agreements, terms and negotiated contracts. A centralized procurement process, with competitive bidding, maximizes the college's leverage and purchasing power, ensuring best value for end users.
Procurement also oversees the Procurement Card program and the Travel Management Program. Please see the appropriate links for more information about how to obtain RISD travel rates and links to partner travel agencies.
For departments interested in retaining the services of an independent contractor, please refer to the appropriate process to create an independent contractor agreement.
StaffDavid Jay Director of Procurement Services 401-709-8545 firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Barr Senior Strategic Procurement Agent 401 454-6441 email@example.com
Melanie Silva Credit Card Services, Travel & Reimbursement Administrator 401 454-6424 firstname.lastname@example.org
RISD Issued Credit Card Information
When deemed necessary by their department, faculty and staff members have the ability to apply for RISD issued credit cards. RISD offers a purchasing card for goods and services and/or a travel and entertainment card.
Which credit card is best for me?
Credit Card: Agreement Form and User Guide
Credit Card: Request Form
Controller's Office Policies
Requests for Proposal (RFPs)
Rhode Island School of Design has the following RFP/bid opportunities available. Please review the documents and respond appropriately.
|Document and attachments||Title/description||Pre-bid/RFP meeting dates||Due date|
Vendor RFP questions (Excel file download)
|Request for Proposal—Project Open Door study||October 18, 2022
submit questions about RFP by 4 pm
|November 1, 2022|
Vendor RFP questions (Excel file download)
|Request for Proposal—RISD Laundry Services and Maintenance||December 1, 2021||January 14, 2022|
|Request for Information—Multi-state Employment Consultant||n/a||January 6, 2022|
RISD preferred/contracted vendors
For further information on the above vendors please contact email@example.com.
Additional vendor discounts and programs:
- Home Depot: save up to 20% on all qualifying paint and primer purchases. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- Lowes: save up to 7% on all qualifying purchases. Contact email@example.com to sign up.
- Amazon Business: benefit from tax exempt status, free prime shipping on eligible items, and a 2 - 5% discount on all qualifying items. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
For furniture purchases please contact email@example.com.
For procurement card/travel + entertainment card inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Travel portal for visitor travel (not paid for by RISD)
RISD currently partners with several area hotels for accommodating campus visitors. Please use our campus travel portal—which is run by the Campus Travel Management (CTM) company—to self-book rooms at these partnering establishments. Booking through the portal provides campus visitors with the convenience of nearby lodging and discounted local hotel rates.
Preferred travel agency: The Travel Collaborative
RISD is a member of The Boston Consortium (TBC) Travel Program. This program offers RISD travel discounts on lodging and/or air, rail and rental car reservations through The Travel Collaborative.
Providing travelers with a seasoned travel agent to assist with booking, this service is intended to support more complex travel schedules. The Travel Collaborative offers additional discounted rates with a variety of airlines and hotels. To take advantage of these discounts, RISD employees can reach out to one of the agency's travel agents:
For questions about the Boston Consortium Travel Program, the Travel Collaborative or the discounted rates they provide, please email email@example.com.
RISD-paid faculty and staff travel: Egencia
RISD partners with Egencia (an Expedia company) as a complete travel management platform for RISD-paid travel. Booking through Egencia helps ensure better deals on flights and provide efficiencies when booking local and out-of-state hotels, rail passes, and car rentals.
Users can access the platform on your browser or with the Egencia app, which provides one place to book and manage all trip components. It also lets you create your own profile and store travel preferences, rewards member numbers, etc., that will be applied each time you book travel. Anyone who books travel on behalf of others can easily arrange travel for guests.
Egencia benefits include:
- a familiar, easy-to-use online booking tool
- business traveler tools that let you set personalized travel preferences
- the free Egencia app that can be used on iPhones, iPads or Androids to easily find, book and make adjustments to your travel at any point in your journey
- safety notifications
- 24/7 assistance for travel changes, refunds, delays and cancellations
For any questions about Egencia or the discounts they provide please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RISD Rides shuttle service
Procurement Services has contracted with First Transit to provide RISD Rides, a free late night shuttle service for RISD students, staff and faculty.
Charter bus rentals
Through a sister division, First Transit provides the opportunity for bus rentals for field trips or events through Peter Pan Bus Lines, which offers $115.00/hour (6 hour minimum) charter pricing for bus rentals.
First Transit contact information for charter bus rentals:
Travis Mills, First Transit General Manager
MDT Bus Lines, Inc. contact information:
Phone: 508 336-7111, 401-640-0055
Through E&I Cooperative Services, RISD has access to contract pricing from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental. Enterprise is the largest car rental company in North America and now owns National Car Rental. The contract offers exceptionally low rates and the ability to choose from two rental programs based upon the individual's needs and requirements. This rate is accessible on RISD's custom Egencia site. Please contact Procurement email@example.com with any access questions.
Within the interview/hire process, RISD Procurement Services may offer assistance with the moving and relocation of household goods to some employees. With the goal of providing reduced costs, greater efficiency and convenience for the employee, RISD has negotiated contract pricing with Conlon Moving Services, a division of United Van Lines. Upon confirmation of the employment offer, the employee should contact the Conlon Relocation Coordinator at the information below to schedule an appointment to review the details of the move and survey the contents of the house. Conlon will provide an accurate, written estimate to Procurement Services for review and processing.
Conlon Moving Systems, United Van Lines contact information:
Barbara Hodgson, Relocation Coordinator
800 831-7356 x 14