Marshall Marketplace

Earlier this year, it was announced that Marshall University would be adopting a “Save to Serve” culture to eliminate waste and inefficiencies through a shared governance accountability model and by investing in e-procurement capabilities. As part of this process, the Office of Purchasing is implementing a new e-procurement solution by Unimarket that will streamline and standardize the procure-to-pay processes on campus. This new system, called the Marshall Marketplace, will be implemented throughout the next year.

The Marshall Marketplace will modernize our spend management, including creating and approving requisitions and purchase orders, receiving goods and services, and processing invoices — all electronically. By moving to a “paperless” environment, we will not only save on costs, but also obtain a higher level of transparency, more easily monitor compliance, and achieve more efficiency, for the University and for the suppliers that we work with.

Some of the goals of the e-procurement initiative are to:

  • Eliminate manual paper processes,
  • Expedite the purchasing process through the use of supplier catalogs,
  • Establish a campus-wide contract repository,
  • Implement an electronic invoicing platform,
  • Increase data collection and reporting ability, and
  • Utilize campus-wide reporting to negotiate better prices.

Over the next several months, the Office of Purchasing will partner with individual departments to setup and implement the use of the Marshall Marketplace with a goal of all university purchases being made through the Marshall Marketplace by July 2024.

Marshall Marketplace Information Session Documents

Thank you to everyone who attended the Marshall Marketplace Information Sessions on January 25. If you were unable to attend the sessions, or would like to review the materials at your convenience, you can find recordings of the information sessions, the PowerPoint presentation, and a Unimarket product demonstration at the links below:

Marshall Marketplace Information Session Recordings
Marshall Marketplace Listening Session #1
Marshall Marketplace Listening Session #2

Procurement at Marshall University: Transforming the Culture of Purchasing with Unimarket
PowerPoint Presentation

Marshall Marketplace Product Tour
Unimarket Demonstration Video

Should you have any questions or require further clarification on any of the topics covered during the information sessions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

January Update

Marshall Marketplace Information Session Rescheduled for January 25

The Office of Purchasing has rescheduled the Marshall Marketplace information sessions originally scheduled to take place in December. Please join us at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 to go over the project goals, status and timeline and to address any questions or concerns. These sessions will be available both in-person in Drinko Library 349 and virtually via Microsoft Teams. Please contact to request a calendar invitation or meeting link to join one of the information sessions.

October/November Project Update

Marshall Marketplace information session and project update to take place Dec. 12 – We Are Marshall: the Newsletter for Marshall University

The Office of Purchasing has been busy this fall working through the pre-implementation process to ensure the Marshall Marketplace is properly developed for a successful launch in the spring of 2024. An overview of their progress is included below.

• Completed pre-planning with Huron Consulting
• Preparing Banner for Marketplace integration by scrubbing current vendors, codes, users, assigned ORGS, etc.
• Reviewing and updating existing purchasing policies and procedures to algin with the new e-procurement implementation
• Creating a communication plan to update the campus community of changes and implementation status via the We Are Marshall Newsletter, campus email, information sessions, focus groups and this website.
• Beginning the process of identifying existing contracts for the vendor catalog.
• Scheduled the first Marshall Marketplace Information Sessions for Tuesday, Dec. 12 – event has been postponed and will be reschedule in January
• Attend in-person in Drinko 349 or join virtually via Microsoft Teams
• Began planning for the creation of focus teams in early 2024. Let us know if you’d like to be on a focus team by contacting

Additional updates will be provided throughout the implementation process via the We Are Marshall newsletter, campus email and this webpage. For additional information please contact Michelle Wheeler.

Contact Us

Office of Purchasing
Old Main Room 125
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Fax: 304-696-3333

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

The Office of Purchasing is a hybrid office and in-person availability may vary. We recommend contacting our office prior to arrival to confirm in-person availability.

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