Office Supply Ordering Information

The University of Akron, Department of Purchasing, implemented the use of the office supply vendor GBEX, LLC , along with their wholesale distributor OfficeMax. The ESM easyPurchase program is a spend management suite to automate our “procure-to-pay” process. The University expects to see cost savings through online ordering from contracted supplier catalogs, as well as overall process improvements by using this application.  The ESM easyPurchase program works best with Firefox, IE 9 &10 and Chrome; you may also need to disable the pop up blocker.   

ESM easyPurchase Program Information

ESM easyPurchase/GBEX LLC Application 

ESM easyPurchase User Instructions

ESM easyPurchase Approver Instructions

ESM easyPurchase Website (save as favorite for future use)

ESM easyPurchase FAQ

GBEX LLC User Guide

OfficeMax Custom Stamp Order Form

Contact Us for Assistance

Returns - to return an item or a complete order login to ESM, select the GBEX Catalog, select the REQUEST A RETURN link on the left menu.  Fill-in the required information, obtain the RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER, write the number on a piece of paper, not the packaging or box, and tape it to the package/box and send it to Central Stores +0703.  A credit will be processed within a week.

OfficeMax Retail Connect Card  OfficeMax has provided The University of Akron with a Retail Connect Card.  The Retail Connect Card is tax exempt and provides access to the University's contract pricing.  If an item is needed for the office asap and cannot wait for next day delivery, you may print the card and use it in conjunction with the University Credit Card at many OfficeMax retail locations. 

Browse Catalog Electronically -The campus has the option to browse the Office Depot Max Catalog electronically.  Items cannot be ordered from this site, its only use is to browse the catalog's contract pricing and item availability. Click here to access and view the catalog and use the following login information to access the catalog:     user name uoabrowser                 password  uoabrowse1

Order A Catalog - If you would like to order a catalog sign into ESM easyPurchase, select the GBEX LLC catalog, then select the Order by Item Number tab.  The item number to enter is J9GBEXCAT-15, enter the quantity, select Add to Cart.  You will notice a charge of .01 which will be credited back to your P-card.