Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the UT System Supply Chain Alliance?

The UT System Supply Chain Alliance was established in 2007 to expand the use of joint purchasing and to explore new opportunities to leverage the collective size and strength of UT System institutions.

Who is the Strategic Services Group?

The Strategic Services Group is a dedicated team of experienced supply chain professionals recruited to manage the UT System Supply Chain Alliance daily operational activities on a full-time basis. The Strategic Services Group is based at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

What is a preferred supplier?

A preferred supplier is the unique distinction bestowed on a suppliers who have demonstrated "best value" to the UT System Supply Chain Alliance members as the result of a competitive bid process.

Are the UT System Supply Chain Alliance members mandated to purchase goods and services from the contracts awarded to preferred suppliers?

No. However, UT System Supply Chain Alliance members are involved in every step of the strategic sourcing process. They make the recommendations on who should be awarded the contract. Therefore, stakeholders and end-users are champions of the process from beginning to end.

Does a strategic sourcing event lead to a single-supplier award?

While a single-supplier award is true for most Alliance sourcing events, multiple-supplier awards are possible. If more than one supplier is required to meet the needs of the UT System Supply Chain Alliance, then multiple suppliers may be awarded for a single event.

How does strategic sourcing differ from conventional purchasing?

Strategic sourcing differs from conventional purchasing by focusing on total cost of ownership and enhancing supplier relationships, whereas conventional purchasing emphasizes purchase price alone.

How does a company register to participate in a UT System Supply Chain Alliance strategic sourcing event?

To participate in a UT System Supply Chain Alliance strategic sourcing event you must register as a supplier and participate in the competitive bid process. All sourcing events are hosted electronically on UT MD Anderson's website under the UT System Shared Services initiative. These electronic bid documents are also posted on Texas Marketplace.

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