The Computing Center gave away 600 camp chairs in the first two hours of the Suppliers Showcase June 1, while more than 1,000 faculty, staff and community members circulated among almost 100 on- and off-campus vendor representatives who displayed their wares and promoted their services.
Though outdoor temperatures were hot, attendees asked questions, looked for giveaway items and special deals, and tasted a variety of food from Cornell and local cafes and caterers. Others watched demonstrations, such as Airgas making ice cream by using liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze it or Sedgwick Business Interiors’ encouraging spectators to try out their Magis Spun chair.
“Our staff look forward to this event and are delighted with the opportunity to match campus stakeholders with our supplier partners,” said Thomas Romantic, senior director of Procurement and Payment Services.
Receiving the 2018 Cornell Supplier Recognition Award for top performers were: Airgas; Casella Waste Systems; Eagle Envelope Co.; Friedman Electric Supply; W.W. Grainger; Hill and Markes; Laboratory Products Sales; Pro Carpet; Sedgwick Business Interiors; the Computing Center; VWR; and W.B. Mason. Receiving honorable mention: CDWG; Eastern Managed Print Networks; Krackeler Scientific and Vasco Brands. Companies were judged on product and service quality; pricing/cost; order fulfillment/delivery; customer satisfaction/support; and social responsibility.
Cornell departments participating in the show included Campus to Campus Bus, Delivery Services, Dining, Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management, Employee Assembly, Fleet Services, Mail Services, IT Custom Development, IT Training, Campus Sustainability Office, Print Services, R5 Operations, The Cornell Store and the Statler Hotel.
The diverse supplier showcase featured Adminders, Audio-Video Corp., DBM Controls; Eagle Envelope Co.; Fork & Gavel Kitchen and Manndible Café; Kendra's Culinary Creations, Laboratory Products Sales; Maguire Family of Dealerships; Neta Scientific; Pro Carpet; the Presentation Source; roi Office Interiors; the Computing Center; and Vasco Brands.
For more information on the diverse supplier program, see the Procurement and Payment Services web pages.