Amazon Business Announcement

By Bobbi McCracken (Associate Vice Chancellor for Business & Financial Services and Controller) |
Riverside, CA –

Dear colleagues,

Procurement Services is excited to announce the upcoming availability of Amazon Business for low value purchases.  In addition to our standard UC agreement vendors, Amazon Business will be available to all procurement cardholders and is now a recommended UC supplier for university-related eligible goods. The benefits of this program include:

  • Free 2-Day shipping on Prime-eligible items
  • Access to millions of additional products, available only to Amazon Business customers
  • Business-specific pricing, including quantity discounts on eligible items
  • Access to a specialized Amazon Business Customer Service team

Around December 8th, all Pcard holders will receive individual invites from Amazon to register under the UCR Business account.   All other Amazon and Amazon Prime accounts used for university business and associated with a UCR email will need to be converted to the UCR Amazon Business account upon receipt of the email invite that will contain specific instructions on the conversion process. 

The goal of this new program is to simplify the department purchasing process by taking advantage of Amazon’s wide product selection and competitive prices while enhancing controls by providing warning messages on products that should be procured using another UC agreement, restricting certain items that are not traditionally business related, and enabling access to product and spend analytics to improve support to the campus.

All purchases through this program must comply with UC policies and procedures.   Additional program details will be distributed over the next few weeks, however, it was important to share some basic information about these upcoming changes to provide units time to consider how this new functionality can enhance departmental procurement processes.   




Bobbi McCracken

Associate Vice Chancellor and Controller

Business & Financial Services