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Bobcat Buy

What is Bobcat Buy?

Bobcat Buy is a new toolset that enhances how we procure and pay for the goods and services that further our teaching, research and public service mission. Bobcat Buy, which replaced the CatBuy procurement system in 2019, is built on the Jaggaer procurement platform, a global leader in higher education business software and UC’s strategic partner for procure-to-pay (P2P) solutions.
Simply put, Bobcat Buy streamlines the purchasing process on campus with the lowest overhead cost per transaction. It contains more than 20 of UC Merced's most popular suppliers, and more suppliers will be added over time. Suppliers provide lab essentials, computing equipment and peripherals, office supplies, and more.
Bobcat Buy is the easiest way to buy from contracted suppliers. Order and approve from anywhere you have internet access. Use your mobile device to approve orders via email or the mobile app. Make sure your supplies end up in your office or lab, not on a delivery truck or in a supplier's warehouse. Set up automatic payments.

Get Trained on Bobcat Buy

Do you need access to Bobcat Buy? Take the LMS Training located in the UC Merced Learning Center. It only takes 20 minutes to complete three short modules.
Once you complete the Bobcat Buy training, Procurement Services will be notified automatically and we will begin the provisioning process, which takes about one to two business days.

Do you need to be set up as an approver? Contact your MSO/CAO to discuss how approvers are set up for your department and if you need to be added. Your MSO/CAO manages these roles and approvals and will determine the next steps. You will then be a click away from direct buying with access to millions of products.

Project News

Bobcat Buy Continuity and Oracle Platform Update

May 5, 2020 | There is a lot of change happening in and around UC Merced, but Bobcat Buy is still here for you! Here are some capabilities that will come with the new Oracle platform, which will create a one-stop shop for all types of procurement. [read more]

Bobcat Buy hosts Vendor Showcase

Sept. 12, 2019 | The Bobcat Buy team will host a Vendor Showcase on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the S&E Solar Breezeway. Representatives of vendors with catalogs in Bobcat Buy, in addition to several suppliers that will be available soon, will be there to answer questions. [read more]

Update on Supply Chain Modernization Initiative

July 18, 2018 | I am writing to provide you with good news regarding the campus’s ongoing work to update the efficiency of its procurement systems. Beginning this fall, Finance and Administration’s Office of Procurement and Contracting Services will begin implementation of Bobcat Buy, a new toolset which will . . . [read more].