Suppliers rewarded for good performance at show

Author: 
Jamie Churchill
Annual Supplier Show at Barton Hall.

More than 110 of Cornell’s contract and preferred suppliers gathered in Barton Hall June 13 for the 2013 annual Cornell Supplier Show.

Cornell Procurement Services hosts the supplier show annually for suppliers to share their products and business service information with campus customers. This year’s “Summer in Ithaca” themed show highlighted the variety of vendors available to Cornell, whose products and services ranging from laboratory equipment to promotional apparel.

This year’s theme featured a farmer’s market center tent where attendees could get show information and sign up to win prizes; a sidewalk café catered by Panera Catering; and a sustainability passport game offering attendees a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates to The Cornell Store for visiting specific suppliers.

Cornell’s diverse suppliers were also highlighted this year, with yellow draping on their booths. The diverse supplier engagement effort is one of the Division of Financial Affairs’ five annual goals to fulfill Cornell’s institutional diversity planning initiatives.

Sponsors of this year’s show included Airgas, Proforma Strategic Marketing, The Presentation Source, Eagle Envelope, The Computer Center, Maguire Family of Dealerships, Illumina, Adminders, Elmira Windustrial Co., Staples and Mister Koffee Services.

The evening before the show, Procurement Services hosted the second annual Cornell Supplier Recognition Awards, which recognizes suppliers who have performed best throughout the year in product and service quality, pricing, order fulfillment, customer satisfaction and social responsibility. Campus customers were invited to evaluate supplier performance through a customer satisfaction survey. Cornell is the first university to recognize suppliers in this way.

Awards for top recognition were given to: Casella Waste Management; Clark Air Systems, Inc.; The Computing Center; Dell Marketing, LP; Eastern Copy Services; Hill & Markes; Krackeler Scientific; Laboratory Products Sales; Maines Paper and Food Service; Sedgwick Business Interiors; Staples Business Advantage; and VWR International. Honorable mention awards went to Airgas East, Inc.; Audio Video Corporation; Fisher Scientific Company; Graybar Electric Company; Vasco Brands, Inc.; Verizon Wireless and W.W. Grainger.