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Purchase Goods in SmartMart Catalog Suppliers

Learn how to purchase items using SmartMart Catalog Suppliers. 

Buy Items Using SmartMart Catalog Suppliers

It is necessary to set up iProcurement preferences.

Users who intend to only prepare shopping carts and assign them to others do not need to set up iProcurement preferences.

  1. Enter in the browser
  2. Select Login
  3. As prompted, log in using SUNet ID and password

  1. Select SU Internet Procurement
  2. Select SmartMart Catalog Suppliers

Search in Hosted Catalog
  1. Enter search term in Shop area at the top middle of page
  2. Find item(s) and add to cart
  3. Search for any additional items as needed (hosted or punch-out)
  4. When shopping is done, select shopping cart at top right
Search Punch-out Supplier Website
  1. Select supplier's site to shop or customize item
  2. Find an item and add it to the supplier punch-out shopping cart
  3. Continue through the supplier's checkout until the item(s) are returned to SmartMart Catalog Suppliers' shopping cart Search for any additional items (hosted or punch-out).
  4. Select shopping cart icon to view contents

Assign a Cart in SmartMart Catalog Suppliers
  1. Select Assign Cart
  2. Select Search for an Assignee. Search by last name.
  3. Select user's name
  4. Write the assignee a note (optional)
  5. Select Assign For more information, assignees may refer to How To: Locate and Act on Your Assigned SmartMart Catalog Suppliers Cart.
Create a Requisition
  1. Click Create iProcurement Requisition
  2. Click Checkout
Share a Cart
  1. Select Share my cart with others checkbox
  2. Select the group name from the pull down
  3. Select Update to save the shopping cart and view it or (if previously locked) make the shopping cart available to other members in the group
  4. Select Update and Unlock The shared cart will automatically unlock after 15 minutes if no action is taken.

    Communicate with the group to establish when the cart will need to be completed and to establish who will create an iProcurement requisition with the shared cart. Establish a timeline so everyone understands when the order will be placed

You may assign the requisition/cart to another Stanford user in iProcurement from any of the shopping applications within iProcurement: Amazon Business, Non-Catalog Requisition, CardinalTemps and SmartMart Catalog Suppliers. For more information, refer to How To: Assign a Cart in iProcurement.

  1. Review and edit information in the Description field (if necessary) Requisition Description defaults to the first line item on the requisition to provide a clear explanation of the business purpose for purchase.
  2. Add justification information in the Note to Approver field

A single shopping cart cannot have multiple delivery locations within Stanford. You can enter all the information for delivery in your Preferences to pre-populate these fields.

  1. Review/update delivery information:

In Preferences, enter all the information for billing to pre-populate these fields. You can enter several PTAs under My Allocations to allow choices from the drop-down menu.

Charge to One PTA/Expenditure Type
  1. Review/update billing information:

Alternatively, select pre-set billing information from the My Favorite drop-down menu and select Apply

Charge to Multiple PTAs

You may:

  • Change the allocation percentage
  • Add multiple PTAs to one line
  • Change the Expenditure Type for one line
  1. Scroll down to the product table below the Delivery and Billing sections
  2. Select the lines and select the Update button to change multiple lines at one time, or select the pencil icon under Update Line on the far right to make a change to an individual line
  3. Update Line Screen: Change the Description, Quantity, Unit of Measure, Unit Price or Supplier in the Update Line screen
  4. To change the allocation, select the plus sign to add a new line
  5. Replace the pre-populated PTAE information in the new line with the PTAE desired
  6. Enter the Percent, Quantity or Amount information to total 100% for lines selected Only the Percent, Quantity or Amount field needs to be entered. The other fields will populate automatically when you TAB out of the field you used. Entering percent amounts in decimal quantities is permitted, but the total percent must equal 100% before proceeding.
  7. Select the box next to Apply this Cost Allocation information to apply the allocation to all requisition lines in the shopping cart
  8. Select Apply to complete and return to the Edit and Submit Requisition page

  1. Review the requisition details in each line
  2. Select the box(es) of the line you want to edit
  3. Select the Update button to change the single PTA to another single PTA for all the lines selected (you can modify Need-By-Date, the Project, Task, Award or Expenditure Type).
  4. Select Copy to make exact copies of the selected lines
  5. Select Delete to delete selected lines
  6. Select the Update button or the pencil icon in the Update Line column at the far right to view the PTA information for the selected line If the Favorite you selected did not have an Expenditure Type, use the pencil icon in the Update Line column to add the Expenditure Type to a single line.
  7. If tax should not be applied to a particular line or if the Research Tax Credit should be applied, override by selecting the appropriate tax category from the Tax Category drop-down menu (for more information, refer to the Common Sales Tax Exempt Categories)
  8. Select the Guidance for Ensuring Price Reasonableness link to read the policy
  9. Select the box to acknowledge your compliance with Stanford's Price Reasonableness policy

Add the Department Property Administrator (DPA) as the first approver in the routing list if using the Standard Capital Equipment category.

Verify approvers

  1. Select the Manage Approvals button at the far right to update approvers if necessary
  2. Select the Manage FYI Viewers button at the far right to add viewers if necessary

FYI Viewers cannot approve, reject or comment on requisitions routed to them.

For orders $50,000 or greater after taxes and fees (includes additional funds added through this Change Order):

Purchasing will reject requisitions submitted without the necessary attachments. The most current version of the Single/Sole Source Justification form must be attached using the link above. Under $50,000

Buyers see attachments to requisitions that are over $50,000 but Accounts Payable cannot see these attachments to the Requisition and these invoices will not be processed and paid. Invoices including Rush Payment requests and Will Call Check requests, can only be viewed by Accounts Payable when the invoice is uploaded via Requisition and PO Query and when needed, the correct queue is designated for the invoice to be processed as a Rush or Will Call request.

The "To Supplier" attachment category should be used to let a supplier know that an "Order will be placed online; do not duplicate." This applies if an online website requires you to provide a purchase order number when using a company's website to place an order (excludes all SmartMart Catalog Suppliers punchout sites).

  1. Select attachment type (File, URL or text)
  2. Enter a Title of the attachment (e.g., single/sole source justification form or a justification, competitive bids, confirmation of foreign shipment or proposal)
  3. Select Category for attachment from drop-down list (Buyer, Rush Payment, To Supplier or Will Call Check)
  4. Add next attachment or select Apply 

Once Apply has been selected, you will receive a confirmation: Attachment XXX has been added successfully but not committed. It will be committed when you submit the current transaction.

When Pricing Information is Fragmented Across Multiple Pages: If the requisition was created from a contract request and the pricing information (e.g., price per hour, total number of hours, price per deliverable, or lump sum pricing for the total amount of work) is fragmented across multiple pages of the proposal and/or Statement of Work, ensure all documents containing pricing information are also attached to the requisition.


If the item (Non-Capital) will be shipped to Stanford University from a foreign country, customs forms and fees, as well as freight forwarding services, will need to be provided by JAS (formerly Tigers), which is Stanford’s designated customs broker. These fees will be paid automatically as part of the shipping costs, and you do not need to enter a separate line for shipping.

  1. Add an attachment as in the step above
  2. Enter customs information in the Title field
  3. Leave the Attachment Title field blank
  4. Select the To Supplier category
  5. Select the text attachment type
  6. Enter this information in the text field:

    SHIP TO:
    JAS (formerly TIGERS)
    800 AIRPORT BLVD., SUITE 518
    BURLINGAME, CA 94010
    PHONE 650-581-7230

Email a copy of the PO to the Customs Broker at @email. The requester will receive an email copy of the PO when it is approved.

  1. Select the Save, Submit or Return to Shopping button at the bottom or top right of the page
  2. Select Save to store requisition with an Incomplete status for a later submittal
What Happens Next?
  • Upon approval, the order is placed with the suppliers.
  • An email will be sent from the supplier confirming the order and with the estimated time of arrival.
  • Invoices for purchases made through Stanford's SmartMart Catalogs are electronically sent by the supplier to Accounts Payable for payment and do not need to be submitted by the department.
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2023


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