Duquesne University and Unimarket Announced Today the Implementation of a SaaS Collaborative eProcurement Solution to Help Automate Campus Purchase-to-Payment Processes

Annapolis, MD, April 04, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Today, Duquesne University and Unimarket, the innovators in SaaS collaborative eProcurement, are excited to announce the signing of an agreement to implement eProcurement throughout the University. As one of 87 private independent colleges in the state of Pennsylvania, Duquesne joins the growing list of those institutions looking to eProcurement to help improve the way the University’s administrative operations are conducted to the betterment of students, faculty and staff.

Duquesne was founded in 1878 and is known for business, sciences and law, among its 10 schools of study. The institution is noted as one of the strong mid-sized private universities in the US with more than 10,000 students, 3,500 of whom live on campus.

As Vice President for Management and Business of the University, Stephen Schillo welcomes achieving the business process advancements and cost savings that other Unimarket’s higher educational clients have achieved, many of them members of the private independent college sector. “Higher education has a unique, less quantitative mission than your average commercial enterprise that strives to make a profit,” Mr. Schillo remarked, “but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be as efficient as possible in our business operations on campus. We are very pleased to be advancing our procurement operations through Unimarket’s state of the art eProcurement solution,” he added.

Scott Blackwood, CEO of Unimarket, commented on the focus of Pennsylvania’s independent college sector and their enviable record of finding ways to collaborate and reduce costs, “Duquesne and other mid-size schools have every reason to implement proven technology to maximize returns on the tuition investments of their students,” said Blackwood. “We welcome Duquesne University as a valued partner and customer.”

Tim Alexander, the Vice President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), of which Duquesne is a member, adds, “Many of our member colleges and universities have been seeking cost effective technologies to improve their business operations. eProcurement has certainly been one of those technologies attracting greater interest among administrators. Whenever you can safely replace a paper/labor intensive process with a few keystrokes on the computer, you free up the purchasing function to activities that are of a higher order and more valuable to the university. Instead of processing paper, eProcurement systems should free the purchasing professional to negotiate better contracts, validate contract compliance more readily and measure outcomes with much better data in hand.”

About Duquesne University: Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.

About Unimarket: Located in Annapolis MD and Auckland NZ, Unimarket provides online software for collaborative eProcurement to reduce costs and improve efficiencies for customers. Unimarket delivers world-class functionality to manage spend and process transactions from purchase requisitions to electronic payments. Customers locate and buy the most cost-effective goods and services – all in sync with controls within respective finance/ERP systems. Thousands of customers’ suppliers from small to large and local to international can also maintain online catalogs and integrate their eCommerce/supply chains with Unimarket for complete automation. A distinctive feature of the Unimarket solution is the ability for customers to collaborate on their common purchases, thereby increasing economies of scale and driving down unit costs. Visit http://www.unimarket.com/ for more information.

Unimarket, Inc.
Steven Biggs