Accounting & Finance

New Product Integrates Work Order, Purchasing Processes

Two companies are partnering on a new product intended to integrate maintenance procedures in higher education.

Grainger and School Dude have jointly launched Click2Buy, a cloud-based process intended to manage workflow while purchasing products for facility maintenance, repair and operations. Company representatives said Click2Buy will work across multiple departments and automate the entire cycle from repair or maintenance request through work order and purchase order to the completion of a task.

"Traditionally, these have been disjointed processes resulting in lost time and money, often leading to frustration and inconsistency of information,"said Geoffrey Robertson, Grainger vice president for product, innovation and business integration. "With Click2Buy, procurement and work order management are combined into one automated solution."

Lee Provost, chief strategy officer and founder of School Dude, added, "They can place orders and have the orders automatically linked to their work order management process without the need for time-consuming and inefficient data entry work."

Click2Buy aims to automate and standardize the use of work orders, purchase orders, invoices and payment. Individual institutions should be able to customize their processes with unique account codes, cost centers and budget codes. It also allows for institutional cost controls with approval procedures and recording capabilities.

Grainger is a global supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products with a catalogue of more than 1.5 million products. School Dude supplies cloud-based products that assist with management of educational institutions.

Click2Buy will be available in three different options, relative to the institution’s existing procurement platform and purchasing processes.

About the Author

Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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