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Can I purchase furniture from outlets with quicker delivery time, home delivery and cheaper costs?

Answer: 

Essentially ‘no’.  If you are planning to use the university funds, furniture can be purchased through authorized contracted vendors only. Faculty are strongly encouraged to have ACT make the up-front purchase rather than seek reimbursement. Reimbursements are not approved until reviewed and deemed in-line with University’s guidelines. Processing of reimbursements also may be delayed by additional levels of documentation and approvals. Submitting the purchase request up-front furthermore offers the opportunity for the buyer to recommend an alternative vendor that could save money or provide other added value.