W.B. Mason Catalog “Swap and Save” Program

Sourcing & Procurement, in partnership with W.B. Mason and a project team of community members from across the University including sustainability@BU, announced a new “Swap and Save” Program on the W.B. Mason Catalog in the BU Terrier Marketplace. The program provides an easy way for departments to identify comparable, recycled and/or sustainable products as well as lower cost items without the hassle of manual product comparison. The goal of this effort is to help departments maximize their budgets while fulfilling their office supply needs and sustainability goals.

As part of the University’s Spend Management Initiative, introduced at the Management Conference in fall 2016, this program was initiated to help departments spend less on office supplies. The project team includes individuals from sustainability@BU, IS&T, College of Engineering, BUMC, College of Arts and Sciences, Athletics, and the School of Law.

How it works:

When an item is added to a shopping cart on the W.B. Mason catalog, a comparable alternative will pop-up in a new window. Alternative items may simply be lower cost, others may be more sustainable, and still others may be both cheaper and greener. A green leaf icon indicates that an item is recycled or green (see below).

WB Mason shopping cart screen shot

Apart from the swap and save, shoppers also have the opportunity to find sustainable products using the sort and filter options that are currently available in the W.B. Mason catalog. (See below). sustainability@BU is currently working with W.B. Mason to review green product information to meet University standards.

WB Mason catalog screen shot

Reporting Benefits:

As an added benefit to the “Swap and Save” Program, W.B. Mason will provide information about swaps that are accepted and declined at the user and department level so the program’s success can be measured. Sourcing & Procurement expects to share that information with departments.

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