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Ariba

The current size limit is 4 MB for attachments in ARIBA (Catalog, Non-Catalog, BPO, Non-PO Invoice, etc.)

The following document types may be attached in ARIBA:

txt, csv, xls, xlsx, doc, docx, dotx, potx, ppt, pptx, ppsx, sldx, xltx, pdf, ps, rtf, htm, html, xml, jpeg, jpg, bmp, gif, png, zip

To ensure successful submission of a new or revised Contract Request (CR) when you encounter the "Limit Type Conflict" error message, please follow the instructions below.

Error Message:

You have encountered a 'Limit Type Conflict' while submitting your Contract Request.  Please contact Procurement Customer Service for assistance.

Solution:

  1. Go to the CR's Pricing Terms section.
  2. Edit the first line item listed under Materials and Services.
  3. Under the Limits section, in the Set Item Limits dropdown menu, choose the limit type you do not want submitted:
    1. Choose Quantity, if your current choice is set to Amount.
    2.  Choose Amount, if your current choice is set to Quantity.
  4. In the Maximum Quantity or Maximum Amount field, enter 0 (zero).
  5. At the lower right-hand corner of the page, click OK.  You will receive an error message.
  6. Return to the Limits section.
  7. In the Set Item Limits dropdown menu, choose the limit type you want submitted.  Or:
    1. Choose Amount, if you chose Quantity in step 3.
    2. Choose Quantity, if you chose Amount in step 3.
  8. In the Maximum Quantity or Maximum Amount field, type the amount or quantity you'd originally entered.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Repeat steps 1 – 9, if you have multiple line items.
  11. Return to the CR's Summary section.
  12. On the upper right-hand corner of the Summary section, click the Submit button.

ARIBA calculates the tax rate based on the ship-to address. If the ship-to address is in Seattle, WA, it will match the tax on the invoice to that rate.

Once you click on Split Accounting, a new page will appear allowing you to add a second budget. To the right of the Add Items tab, you’ll see a drop down menu that says "Split By:" where you can choose percentage, amount or quantity.

If a Central Receiver is added to the organization in ASTRA, they will begin receiving notifications when a receipt is created and be able to receive on a BPO the day after the role assignment in ASTRA.

When a BPO is created, the first receipt (RCxxxxxx) is also created at that time, and the receipt is thus able to be accessed for receiving only by those that have receiving ability when that receipt was created. Since only the Preparer and Contact (Requester) have the receiving ability automatically for BPOs, these are the people who will receive on the BPO.

If a BPO is created, and later a Central Receiver is assigned in ASTRA, the Central Receiver will not have access to receipts prior to their activation date. They will only have the receiving ability for receipts created the day after the role is assigned in ASTRA.

To cancel an ARIBA purchase order, the preparer who placed the order must contact the supplier. Best practice is to add a Comment to the EI purchase order stating the order is canceled, detailing to whom you spoke, and any other pertinent information.

After canceling the order with the supplier, you must close the purchase order (PO) and remove the open balance from the budget.  To close Catalog and Non-Catalog POs, use the Change/Close Order Request Form.  For Blanket Purchase Orders (BPO), visit the Closing or Changing Blanket Purchase Orders page and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to close a BPO.  

Most Exception Items may now be ordered through ARIBA. For more information, see the Exception Item list.

Ariba Network

The supplier can attach a copy of the invoice, or any other necessary documents, to the ARIBA network invoice when creating the invoice, before the invoice is submitted.

The instructions for where to correctly attach the .pdf copy to the Network invoice are on the ARIBA Network Supplier BPO Invoicing Reference Guide Document, beginning on page 5, which is posted here: https://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/AribaBlanketPurchaseOrders/bporeceivingsuppliers

 

Here are the steps:

 

1. Click the Add to Header button and then click on the link for Attachment from the drop-down menu.

 

 

2. The Attachment section will appear above the line items on the BPO. The supplier will click Browse to locate the document, select the file and then click the Add Attachment button.

 

 

3. After the document is attached at the Header, the attachment will be visible at the very bottom of the invoice screen, under the Tax Summary and Invoice Summary.

Please submit information about the supplier to us using the ARIBA Network Registration Request webform located at http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/supplier-information/ariba-network

The ARIBA Network is a network of over 1 million suppliers that provides a connection point for buyers and suppliers through ARIBA. Suppliers register on the Network, configure their accounts, and store product and service content there
Through the ARIBA Network, suppliers can electronically receive Purchase Orders from their customers and send customers invoices for those POs.

For UW suppliers, first a supplier has to register with the University by completing the Supplier Registration Form: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/supplier-information/registration

Once registered, Vendor Control will work with the supplier to enable the supplier on the ARIBA Network and transact electronically with the University.

More comprehensive information on what suppliers need is on the Procurement Services website on the ARIBA Network webpage: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/supplier-information/ariba-network

Yes! Suppliers can apply discounts on an ARIBA PO or BPO invoice.

The supplier must include the discount amount on the invoice as part of the Header Charges. The header charge area is used for discounts, tax, shipping and handling. ARIBA Network Suppliers can find this area when they are submitting the invoice by clicking the Add to Header option and selecting Discount.

Note: A discount may not be invoiced as the only charge on the invoice. The supplier must apply the discount when invoicing for line items on the purchase order. If a supplier attempts to apply a discount on an invoice and no line items are included on the invoice, the payment will fail when the system attempts to process it and the department will not see the savings applied to their order.

With a vision to make the procurement process as paperless and efficient as possible, the University of Washington has transitioned to the ARIBA eCommerce platform for its procurement transactions. We would like to continue our relationships with our valued UW suppliers, and need their cooperation and willingness to accept this new procure-to-pay process by responding to all requested steps from ARIBA in a timely manner.

"Supplier Enablement" or "ARIBA Enablement" are Procurement Services terms encompassing the process of getting UW suppliers transacting on the ARIBA Network. The process involves Procurement Services buyers, the ARIBA team and Vendor Control at different stages of the process.

The ARIBA Network is an eCommerce network for suppliers to receive UW purchase orders, create and transmit invoices electronically to the University and discover other customer opportunities. For more information about the ARIBA Network, see: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/supplier-information/ariba-network

ASTRA

The person in your department who is set up with "authorizer" access can create access in ASTRA for any potential user. Information about how to setup access is available on the Astra - Authorizations.

Best Practices

Invoice vouchers are required for the following circumstances:

  • Invoices over $10,000 submitted by a department for payment

  • To communicate special check handling instructions

  • To communicate wire transfer instructions

  • When an invoice is in a foreign language

Use Commodity Code 12142204 - Radioactive.

Because there is no way to notify the suppliers as to why you changed the invoice to a different amount, you must contact the supplier and request a new invoice reflecting your changes. This will cut down on the number of phone calls you receive from the supplier when the amount paid does not match the amount of the original invoice.

If a supplier includes a discount on your quote, this does not change the Maximum Amount of your BPO. The BPO must be set up for the pre-discount amount. Make sure to set the Maximum for the line item and the Maximim Limit on the Summary of the BPO for the pre-discounted (full price) amount.

The supplier must include the discount amount on the invoice as part of the Header Charges when the invoice is submitted. The header charge area is used for discounts, tax, shipping and handling. When receiving, you must receive for the full amount of the line item price as well. The header discount will be applied and the payment will be issued for the amount minus the discount.

A blank Remit-To address box indicates that the supplier is not fully onboarded as a supplier with the UW and you may not make a payment to them until the Remit-To address is visible.

To be considered fully onboarded as a UW supplier, the supplier must complete both registration steps: First suppliers must fill out the Supplier Registration Form (SRF). Second, they must enroll for electronic payments if they are a domestic supplier.

If the Remit-To address is blank, the supplier has not enrolled for electronic payments. Best Practice is to verify that your chosen supplier is fully onboarded and ready to be paid in advance of providing the goods or service for which they will be invoicing. The supplier can contact vcontrol@uw.edu for more information.

Departments can purchase gift cards for employee recognition using the Procard. However, the gift must be reported to Payroll because the gift is taxable. See Employee Recognition.
 

To inquire about the status of your check, please contact Procurement Customer Services at 206-543-4500 or email them at pcshelp@uw.edu.

As best practice, we recommend that you do not try to get too detailed. For example, the Commodity Code of Computer Equipment and Accessories is sufficient for ordering items such as a keyboard or a mouse. You don't have to find the exact code for a keyboard. Please visit the Commodity Code page for further information: Commodity Codes. If you are still having difficulty in finding a commodity code, then email pcshelp@uw.edu for assistance.

UW Procurement Services strongly recommends inside delivery for equipment weighing more than 100 pounds. Inside delivery includes uncrating, setting up the equipment at its intended location and removal of packaging debris. Inside delivery eliminates liability risks and is well worth the minor cost.
Here’s why:

  • It’s never a good idea to leave expensive equipment on an unsecured loading dock awaiting its final destination.
  • Employee safety: when employees try to install heavy equipment even with correct equipment, departments put themselves at risk for potential injuries to staff and L&I claims.
  • Internal delivery gives departments the ability to inspect equipment for hidden damages prior to signing the delivery receipt.
  • Inside delivery ensures the proper transfer of “chain of ownership” that makes it clear who is responsible for damage during the shipping or installation process.

If the receipt is in someone's name other than the UW employee, the person who made payment should be reimbursed through eReimbursement for a Non-UW Employee. 

Ex: If a spouse orders the item through Amazon and it charges their credit card, even if the credit card and bank account are shared, the department should reimburse the spouse, not the employee. Use eReimbursement, select No for the UW Employee question, then select Other under UW Affiliation.