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1600 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803)777-4115
Fax: (803)777-2032



 
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SECTION:               PURCHASING CARD
SUBJECT:              BENEFITS OF THE PURCHASING
PROCEDURE:      ALL CAMPUSES

THE PURCHASING CARD:

  1. The Purchasing Card is a Visa credit card issued by Bank of America. It is a fast, flexible purchasing tool which offers an alternative to the existing purchasing processes and provides an extremely efficient and effective method for purchasing and paying for supplies, selected contractual services, memberships/fees and dues (with appropriate signature authority) with a total value of $2,500 or less. The card is to be used only for official University of South Carolina purchases.
  2. The Purchasing Card will enable cardholders to purchase non-restricted commodities in person, by telephone, fax or internet directly from vendors. Eliminates the need for issuing low dollar purchase orders, many blanket purchase orders and minimizes the use of Direct Expenditure Vouchers.
  3. The Purchasing Card will be issued in the employee's name with the State of South Carolina emblem, the wording "For Official Use Only" and the "University of South Carolina" clearly indicated on the card.

BENEFITS OF THE PURCHASING CARD:

  1. Cardholders - Able to obtain supplies directly from vendors without using a purchase order. This streamlines the purchasing process and can help improve turnaround time on receipt of your order. It significantly reduces the workload and processing costs related to the purchase and payment of supplies.
  2. University of South Carolina- The Purchasing Card program provides a cost-efficient, alternative method for purchasing low-dollar supplies. Built-in card features make the program easy to control and manage and reduces processing costs at all levels by reducing the number of requisitions, purchase orders, invoices and checks. The Purchasing Card enables all departments to focus on higher yield value added activities.
  3. Vendors - The Purchasing Card is welcomed by vendors who accept VISA. Once accepted for business purchases, vendors must send invoices, receipts, etc. directly to the departments of the University of South Carolina.
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