How to Buy

These are the basic steps to procuring goods and/or services at Cal Poly:

  1. Identify need (what do you need or want to buy?)
  2. Read all information on the Procure-to-Pay website about the goods and/or services to be procured
  3. Estimate the dollar value
  4. Review Competitive Bid Requirements
  5. Conduct the appropriate Procurement Process – may or may not include your Procurement Specialist. If the procurement requires your Procurement Specialist's involvement, do not order goods or services, or commit funds BEFORE they are involved.
  6. Select an approved payment method

For more detailed information, click on the appropriate “store” of goods or services below.

Goods & Services

Buying Tools

After reviewing all of the above, if you still can’t find what you are looking for, please contact your Procurement Specialist for assistance.