Purchasing Services

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Purchasing Services

Advancing the professional practice of Procurement and Contracting to drive value and competitive advantage to a prosperous, sustainable, advancing and leading University.


Purchase Orders/Chrome River Process Update:

  • We will have a process change that is taking effect July 1, 2020 related to Ushop and Chrome River.  With the new fiscal year, Purchasing will begin issuing “After the Fact” purchase orders for goods, equipment and services in lieu of campus partners requesting check requests/invoices in Chrome River.  This will provide an improved accountability for the university overall as it relates to guidelines the Finance Team should be abiding by at a state level.  From an end user standpoint this update will provide a more uniform approval process through uShop and remove the stigma that sometimes was felt by end user when they “missed” the opportunity to enter items into Ushop.   The Finance Team will be making policy updates in the upcoming month – until then be sure to enter items into Ushop starting July 1.  In the meantime, filter questions up to the DBOs or contact your person in Purchasing. 

uShop New Shopping Experience

Beginning April 9, 2021 uShop will reflect a new Shopping Experience that is more user friendly.  Until then users have the option to utilize a button in order to toggle back and forth from the new Shopping Experience to the Classic Experience.  Please review the PowerPoint to help navigate the new Shopping Experience.  If there are any issues or questions please contact Jody Leber (leberj@uncw.edu).  New Shopping Experience PowerPoint.



The Department of Purchasing Services' mission is to provide direct support to the educational mission of the University by assisting departments in obtaining products and services of a high quality, at the lowest cost, and in the time needed. Purchasing administers relative contracts and leases; manages assets from acquisition through disposal and achieves this mission by processing orders, generating agreements and leases along with tracking equipment in an efficient manner and within the constraints of state purchasing requirements, UNCW policies, and the highest ethical standards. Meeting the needs of the University community is the focus of Purchasing Services' efforts.

Location and Hours:

Admin Annex - 2nd Floor

622 MacMillan Dr. N.

Wilmington, NC 28403-5615

Fax: 910/962-3829

8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday