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Vendors Offering Discounts

Air Conditioners
Appliances
Athletic Supplies
Audio/Video Supplies and Services
Automobile Rentals
Computers/Computer Equipment/Software
Furniture
Lodging
Hardware and Maintenance Supplies
Lab Supplies and Lab Furniture
Office Supplies
Paint and Related Supplies
Printers/Photocopiers/Fax Machines
Periodicals/Subscriptions
Shipping/Mailing Services
Travel Services
Water - Filtration

Air Conditioners

Purchases of air conditioners are discouraged.  If your department needs to purchase a window air conditioner, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1.    Obtain permission from your senior officer to make the purchase.
2.    Contact facilities to determine the appropriate size of unit your space requires.  Also, ask facilities to review the wiring to ensure the unit will not overload the electrical system.
3.    Always buy an energy star rated unit utilizing the approved vendor list to be provided by Facilities Management.

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Appliances

When purchasing new appliances always purchase energy star rated appliances to conserve energy.  It may be advisable to consult with facilities management to evaluate your work area to ensure the appliance you desire is appropriate and will not overload the electrical system.  

Gediman’s, Inc.

Gediman’s Inc. located at 67 Centre Street in Bath Maine offers excellent pricing and service to the College.  For a quote, please call 443-4711 and be sure to identify yourself as a Bowdoin College employee.  A purchase order is required.

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Furniture

Furniture Information
Before you order new furniture, check to see if your existing furniture is still under warranty. Many office furniture companies offer lifetime guarantees on their furniture.
Do you need a filing cabinet?
W. B. Mason offers unsurpassed discounts on HON furniture including HON filing cabinets

The College has several vendors offering discounts on furniture.  These discounts can total up to 55% off list price.  

W.B. Mason

W. B. Mason is a privately owned New England furniture business offering many lines of furniture at deeply discounted pricing.  To obtain a quote or place orders please contact Brian Olas at 1-888-926-2766, extension 8146.  When you call please ask for the Bowdoin discounted price.

Bourdon’s Institutional Sales, Inc

Bourdon’s is a leader in providing customers with the safest and most durable bedding solutions available andis a small business located in Claremont, New Hampshire. Bourdon’s offers the college discounted pricing on dorm mattresses and other products.  To order call Charlie Aiken at 1-800-231-5468 or email sales@bourdons.com.

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Audio/Video Supplies and Services

Headlight Audio-Visual, Inc

Headlight Audio-Visual, Inc. offers contract pricing to the College.  The consolidated contract ensures you are charged the College rate for all services.  To order, please call 1-800-247-0540 or visit www.headlightav.com.

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Office Supplies

W.B. Mason

The College maintains a comprehensive relationship with W.B. Mason for the provision of office supplies.  Faculty and staff should purchase office supplies from W.B. Mason through their department’s designated office supply buyer.  

W.B. Mason offers deep discounts and other incentives to the college.  By consolidating our purchases with one vendor we are able to achieve substantial savings.  Another advantage with W.B. Mason is delivery to your office.  

If you need access to W.B. Mason's site, email jkelley@bowdoin.edu for assistance.

Staples

The College discourages purchases at Staples.  However, if you have an immediate need that can not wait until the next W.B. Mason delivery, you may purchase at Staples in Brunswick.  When purchasing at Staples please inform the cashier that you are making a tax exempt purchase.  The College’s tax exempt customer number at Staples is 3912395492.

Purchases should be limited to those items that are needed the same day.

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Periodicals and Subscriptions

The Bowdoin Library offers access to many periodicals on line for free.  Before you order your periodicals and subscriptions please contact the library reference desk at extension 3227 to determine availability.  You may also search for your item by visiting http://library.bowdoin.edu/. Here you may search by journal name and, if available, print those articles you are interested to read.  It is a great way to save money and positively impact the environment.

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Lodging

Bowdoin College has negotiated rates for accommodations for guests visiting the College.  The rates have been negotiated to apply when Bowdoin is being charged directly by the vendor.  Please use these discounts when you have a guest lecturer, job candidate, or vendor visit the campus.

Brunswick Inn on Park Row

The Brunswick Bed and Breakfast located at 165 Park Row offers the College a discount rate of $125 per night, subject to availability.  Additional rates are available for non-traditional rooms.  For reservations, please call 729-4914 and identify the use as a Bowdoin business visitor.

Brunswick Comfort Inn

The Comfort Inn located at 199 Pleasant Street offers Bowdoin College 15% off their nightly rate when the room will be billed directly to the College.  To reserve a room, call 729-1129 and request the Bowdoin Direct Bill rate.  Please remember to mention that Bowdoin College is tax exempt.  

Brunswick Fairfield Inn and Suites

The Fairfield Inn and Suites, located at 36 Old Portland Road in Brunswick, offers the following rates for a traditional room booked as a direct bill to the College:

May 19th - October 30th        $105 Traditional Room Direct Bill
November 1 – May 18th          $75  Traditional Room Direct Bill

Under certain circumstances, a lower rate may be negotiated depending on length of stay.  To reserve a room, call 721-0300 and remember to tell them you are would like a traditional room to be direct billed to the College.

The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern

The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern located at 4 Noble Street offers the College discount rates, subject to availability as listed below.  For reservations please call 837-6565 and identify you would like the Bowdoin rate for $109/night.

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Automobile Rentals

Car Rental Questions
Do I need the optional insurance when I rent a car for Bowdoin Business?

No. The College’s Insurance will cover both physical damage and liability when the car is being used for College business. Save money by declining the optional coverage.
When is it appropriate to use a rental car for a local trip?

If your trip exceeds 100 miles round trip it is suggested that you rent a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The College has negotiated rates with two large rental car companies.  If your trip is local please use Enterprise Rent-A-Car. 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car provides vehicles for both personal (leisure) and business use. The College's negotiated rates are available for employees. If you wish to book a rental on-line, please visit www.enterprise.com. Enter the desired location, dates and type of vehicle you wish to rent. Enter Bowdoin's Corporate ID number where it asks for Corporate Account Number, the ID number is XZ10D36 for business rentals and XZ10805 for personal (leisure) rentals. Once you hit enter, it will ask you to enter the first three letters of the account name, BOW. Once you enter the site, you will see Bowdoin College listed at the top of the page.

For personal (leisure) rentals, it is important to note that you will be responsible for any damage to the rental vehicle. Please check with you insurance agent or confer with the car rental specialist to determine the insurance option best for you.

Hertz

Bowdoin Employees are eligible to receive a discount rental rate for Hertz rentals. The Hertz Discount may be utilized by calling 1-800-654-2210. When speaking with the Hertz agent, please tell them you have a CDP number, which is 1703038. Your affliation is Bowdoin College employee.

National Car Rental

National Car Rental provides vehicles for both personal (leisure) and business use. The College's negotiated rates are available for employees. If you wish to book a rental on-line, please visit www.nationalcar.com. Enter the desired location, dates and type of vehicle you wish to rent. Select view additional fields and enter Bowdoin's Corporate ID number where it asks for Corporate Account Number, the ID number is XZ10D36 for business rentals and XZ10805 for personal (leisure) rentals. Once you enter the site, you will see rates for each type of vehichle offered.

For personal (leisure) rentals, it is important to note that you will be responsible for any damage to the rental vehicle. Please check with your insurance agent or confer with the car rental specialist to determine the insurance option best for you.

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Travel Services

Standard Ticket Fees
AmEx Axiom - $9.00
AmEx Business Travel - $25.00
AAA Travel - $32.00
Save up to $23.00 per ticket by using the American Express Axiom Online Booking Tool

The College uses two primary travel agents to book business travel for faculty and staff.  Each of these companies is a full service travel agent with 24 hour assistance offered to college travelers.

AAA Travel

AAA Travel located in Brunswick is available to provide agent assisted bookings for college travelers.  To utilize the service please call 729-6261 and select option 1.  When calling AAA Travel you will be asked to provide the purpose of your trip and the six digit project number you wish to use to pay for your travel arrangements.  

The booking fee for a standard ticket is $32.00.  This fee will be separately charged to the project number you provided when you booked your ticket.

American Express Business Travel

American Express Business Travel is the largest full service travel agency in the United States providing 24 hour service to its customers.  Please call Jim Kelley at 725-3115 to establish a traveler profile for you.To utilize the service please call 1-800-327-2737.  Identify yourself as an employee of Bowdoin College.  When booking your travel you will be asked for the six digit project number you wish to use to pay for your travel arrangements.

The booking fee for a standard ticked is $25.00.  This fee will be separately charged to the project number you provided when you booked your ticket.

AXIOM – American Express Business Travel Online Tool

For those travelers who prefer to book travel online American Express offers AXIOM.  To use AXIOM please contact Jim Kelley in the Treasurer’s Office, jkelley@bowdoin.edu, to request access. The booking fee for a standard ticket is $7.00.  This fee will be separately charged to the project number you provided when you booked your ticket.

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Paint and Related Supplies

Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams located at 179 Pleasant Street in Brunswick offers discounted pricing to Bowdoin College.  Discounts are extended on certain paint products and other miscellaneous supplies.  In order to take advantage of the discounted price please be sure to identify yourself as a Bowdoin employee and ask the cashier for the Bowdoin discount.  Purchase orders are encouraged.  

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Printers/Photocopiers/Fax Machines

Printer Facts
Did you know that the cost of toner and ink is now equivalent to the cost of paper? The combined total of these commodities equals approximately 57% of our total office supply budget and totals approximately $135,000 annually.

Purchases of printers, photocopiers and fax machines should be coordinated by Information Technology or Campus Services.  The purchase of “slave printers” for individual use must be approved by Information Technology and the purchase must be made by Sarah Morgan, Technical Purchasing Manager in IT. 

Photocopiers, Fax Machines and Multipurpose Units are purchased by Chris Taylor, Assistant Director of Campus Services.  Campus Services will evaluate your needs and make appropriate recommendations.  

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Shipping and Mail Services

The College has a comprehensive agreement with FedEx providing discounted rates for various services. Some mailings may be less expensive to ship via UPS or U. S. Postal Service.  Please contact Campus Services at extension 3302 to identify the most cost efficient method of shipping your packages.   

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Water – Bottled/Filtration Systems   

Blue Reserve Water

Blue Reserve Water provides water filtration systems to the College at discounted rates.  The filtration units offer both hot and cold water through a stand alone unit that filters tap water.  If your department has a traditional bottled water cooler and it uses more than 4 bottles of water per month, you would save money by installing a water filtration unit.  The units are fully maintained by Blue Reserve Water including automatic filter replacements and cleanings on a regular schedule. 

To order your unit, please call Nick Friedman, Sales Manager, at 1-8888-880-5543, or 207-619-4422.

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Athletic Supplies/Equipment

Baden Sports Inc.

Baden is a leading brand of athletic balls and athletic related equipment. Baden produces the widest variety of athletic balls in the sporting goods industry, producing balls for a range of sports, including basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, rugby, soccer, softball and water polo.  To place an order, please call 1-866-456-1034.  You will need to mention that you are calling from Bowdoin College, that the College is an E and I member, and provide bid number 100455.

Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. offers taping and general athletic supplies, therapy supplies, over-the-counter meds, physician’s field equipment and a full line of sports medicine supplies.  Henry Schein, Inc. offers a standard 18% discount to the College and some items are priced at discounts higher than 18%.  To place an order please call 1-800-854-0400 and tell the representative you are calling from Bowdoin College.  By ordering through the College’s account the pricing is already predefined.

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Computers/Computer Equipment and Software

Information Technology purchases all computers, computer equipment and software.  These purchases are coordinated by Sarah Morgan, Technical Purchasing Manager.  IT will work with you to identify your specific needs and will be able to assist you with ensuring that your product is supported by its staff.  

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Hardware and Maintenance Supplies

Hancock Lumber

Hancock Lumber offers the College a 10% discount on purchases by presenting their current Bowdoin Photo ID and asking for the discount. The 10% discount is valid on normal daily cash prices. Special promotions, sale items, negotiated prices, close out items, and special orders may not be eligible for the discount.

Grainger

As a leader in the industrial supply market, Grainger offers exceptional value, time savings and incredible discounts on the products and services to meet all maintenance needs.  The discount offered to the College includes up to 60% off hand tools, up to 48% off power tools, standard 10% off all catalog items and special pricing on GE lighting products.  When placing your order with Grainger be sure to ask them to bill Bowdoin College.  The discount(s) are automatically applied to the College account.  Contact Grainger by call 797-7693.

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Lab Supplies and Lab Furniture

VWR International

VWR has become a global leader by offering customers single-source access to the most respected brands in scientific equipment, instruments, supplies, furniture and chemicals, as well as exclusive products offered as part of the VWR Collection.  VWR offers the College discounts of up to 60% off list price.  Discounted prices are automatically calculated when you order from VWR. To ensure the highest discounts always identify yourself as an E&I member when requesting a quote or placing an order and reference Contract Number CNR-01163.  Visit www.vwr.com

Beckman Coulter

Beckman Coulter is a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies that simplify and automate laboratory processes. Beckman Coulter offers the College discounts ranging from 7% to 19% off centrifuges and rotors, capillary electrophoresis systems, protein purification systems, DNA synthesizers and sequencers, biorobotics workstations, flow cytometry systems, high-performance liquid chromatographs, scintillation systems, spectrophotometers and laboratory automation systems.  To order please call 1-800-742-2345 and select extension 3462 for an E&I sales representative.  When requesting a quote or placing an order be sure to reference Contract # CNR-01008

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world’s largest manufacturer of fume hoods, has been developing furniture solutions for the technical environment since 1880.  Thermo Fisher Scientific offers the College discounts ranging from 23% to 75% off list price on lab furniture.  Thermo Fisher Scientific provides case work, fume hoods, work surfaces and adaptable systems for labs.  To find a servicing dealer please visit www.hamiltonlab.com.  When ordering identify yourself as an E&I member and reference Contract #23 in order to receive E&I Discounts.

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