August 15, 2017 - In This Issue:
Earlier this year, a new BearBuy Software Form was introduced for software and cloud computing purchases to identify and mitigate notable potential risks associated with these types of purchases.
After the launch of the Software Form, we received valuable feedback from our campus community about the Software Form guidance. We are listening, and based on this feedback, we are currently working to provide more clarity on the form usage by improving the guidance on the form and the Software Guide.
Please look for more details about Software Form and guidance improvements in upcoming Supply Chain Management newsletters. 
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UPS Rates Increased by Three Precent

As of July 24, 2017, United Parcel Service (UPS) has increased its rates by three percent for all services covered by an agreement with the University of California (Agreement #UCOP-35).  These new rates will affect inbound freight shipping charges as well as anyone who uses a UPS account for their outbound shipping.

This is the first rate increase since the agreement began in May 2014. Under the terms of the agreement, there will be no additional rate increases for at least one year. All other terms of the agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
New GE Healthcare Dharmacon Punch-Out Catalog

We are excited to announce that a GE Healthcare Dharmacon Punch-out Catalog is now available in BearBuy.  The Dharmacon punch-out offers many products including gene-specific and custom products for Gene Editing, RNAi and Gene Expression.

If you need assistance placing an order, Dharmacon can be contacted via phone or email at 1-800-235-9880 or .

Q:   Why was my BearBuy cart returned?

A:  A cart may be returned by the BearBuy system, the Requester, or the Requisition Approver for a variety of reasons and may require you to make modifications to your cart. The most common reason for the BearBuy system to return a cart to you is expired funding or the Accounting Codes (chartfield) combination is not valid. For additional details on the reasons that carts may be returned, please refer to the  Returned Carts/Requisitions Quick Reference Guide .
You may find carts that have been returned to you under the Shop > My Carts and Orders > View Carts menu. 

On the Cart Management page, click the  Draft Carts  tab.


Q: When I cr eate a purchase order in BearBuy, which supplier do I select if I have a quote from a supplie r that has merged with another company?

A: When creating purchase orders, you will want to choose the supplier that will be invoicing you for the order. If you are uncertain which supplier to choose, contact the supplier to confirm which company will be invoicing you for the order. This is important because payment will only be made to the supplier listed on the purchase order. 


For BearBuy technical support, how-to help or questions regarding basic purchasing, contact the IT Service Desk.
Phone: (415) 514-4100, option 2 (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


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