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The Policies & Procedures set forth herein are to function as a reference of expectation for our services. Please refer to the Glossary/FAQs section for complete definition of terms used in the content below.
Mail Services Policy
Standard Receiving Procedures
Direct Shipments to Departments
Receiving will receive materials and equipment; inspect items received for quantity, quality, condition and any special specifications as indicated on the purchase order; coordinate delivery to the requesting department; ship items returned to vendors; process loss, shortage and damage claims to the freight carriers; and consolidate delivery of materials issued from Stores.
Unless otherwise specified on the original purchase order, all supplies and equipment received at the University, as a result of action taken by the Purchasing Department, will be delivered to Receiving. The material will then be delivered to the Requesting Department and receipt will be acknowledged by signature on a Delivery Manifest. Receiving will be responsible for distribution of all documents to ensure prompt and proper completion of files and payment of bills. Every precaution will be taken to expedite documentation processing in order that the University may take advantage of all discounts offered.
An initial visual inspection will be performed on all material and equipment received via outside freight carriers. The purpose of this inspection is to discover any damage, overage or shortage to the shipment in the presence of the carrier's representative.
When technical items are received, the final inspection may be performed by the Requesting Department at the Receiving dock and may support any damage reports recorded prior to Receiving enters the information into the Financials System.
If a shipment is made directly to a department and it is not specified in the purchase order, it should be refused by the department. The carrier should be directed to Receiving for the delivery to be completed. Acceptance of this type of shipment places full responsibility for all receiving, claims processing, and payment liability on the individual who accepts the shipment. Since the condition of the shipment would not be known by Receiving, we cannot effectively represent the University if problems arise.
It is not uncommon that items can inadvertently be shipped directly to the Requesting Department. To provide for timely invoice payment and to avoid unnecessary delivery follow-up effort, it is essential that deliveries destined for Receiving be received at 2650 Kenny Road. Departments should advise suppliers to not make direct shipments to the Requesting Department when the purchase order calls for delivery to Receiving. In the event a delivery does bypass Receiving, and can not be redirected, the department must notify Receiving at the earliest convenience so that document processing will be completed promptly. Receiving will note that the items were not processed internally and the specifications were verified only by the Requesting Department.
If items are intentionally shipped to departments or are picked up by
department personnel, as in a case of an emergency, Receiving should be
notified promptly in order to properly document the circumstances and
prevent any delays in payment.
With the carrier's approval, Requesting Departments may arrange the delivery
of large, bulky items directly to the final destination to avoid double-handling.
Departments should note the delivery and handling instructions on the
purchase order and make advanced arrangements with the supplier. Proper
receiving procedures should be followed at the delivery site.
Items ordered from Stores will be consolidated in Receiving for delivery
to the requesting department. Follow-up action by the department should
be directed to Stores
Various live, perishable, and sensitive shipments require special processing
and expedited service. Receiving will take every precaution to protect
these special shipments. The Requesting Department will be notified immediately
of any items noted to require controlled temperatures or refrigeration.
Classified items will be maintained in a secure area and delivered only
to persons authorized on the purchase order.
University FOB shipments require the shipper to absorb any losses during shipping. Any damaged or shorted shipment must be held at the inspection point pending an investigation by the carrier. Receiving will contact the carrier to request an inspection report. Upon completion of the investigation and preparation of a damage report, the supplier will be furnished the original report, from which the supplier may initiate a claim against the carrier. The supplier will then arrange for any replacement or return of the damaged or shorted item.
Items received by the Receiving Department are delivered to the Requesting
Department within 24 hours from time of receipt unless otherwise specified
on the purchase order. Receiving does not operate as a storage facility;
however, on occasion, it may not be possible for a department to accept
immediate delivery. In those instances, Receiving may hold shipments on
a temporary basis for a monthly charge of $9.75/pallet. When such a situation
is foreseen, it should be noted on the original purchase order and advance
arrangements should be made with the Receiving Department. Please see the Receiving / Temporary Storage Terms and Conditions for more information.
Packages that are not delivered by the Shipping Department as a result of duplicate/damaged orders or erroneous purchase order numbers, that remain unclaimed by University personnel or suppliers, will be disposed in the following manner: