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 OfficeDepot. 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 Application 

ESM easyPurchase User Instructions

ESM easyPurchase Approver Instructions

ESM easyPurchase Website (save as favorite for future use)

ESM easyPurchase FAQ

GBEX/OfficeDepot Punchout Catalog User Guide

Contact Us for Assistance

Order A Custom Stamp - Access the GBEX Catalog in ESM, in the search bar type custom stamp. Once the stamp you want is chosen the signature or artwork can be uploaded.  This method has step-by-step instructions to select addtional options or to select a stamp that is prefilled.

Order A Catalog - If you would like to order a no charge GBEX catalog sign into ESM easyPurchase, select the GBEX LLC catalog, then select the Order by Item Number tab.  The item number to enter is 906647, enter the quantity, select Add to Cart.  

Returns - Please see page 11 of the GBEX Punchout Catalog User Guide above.

Customer Service Representative are available by phone, fax, and email to assist with returns, shortages, order information, etc.  The hours are Monday - Friday 8am -5pm.

Browse Catalog Electronically -The campus has the option to browse the GBEX/OfficeDepot 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

Store Purchasing Card (SPC) - OfficeDepot has provided The University of Akron with an SPC that can be used in all OfficeMax and OfficeDepot stores. The SPC 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 issued PCard at any OfficeMax/OfficeDepot retail locations. This card maybe printed and laminated free of cost at any OfficeMax/OfficeDepot location. You may access the card here.