Ordering through ESM

The ESM program is a spend management suite which provides a cost savings through online ordering from contracted supplier catalogs.  Once you are set up in ESM you will have over 20 punch-out catalogs to procure office, lab, scientific and medical supplies, furniture, electronics, and MRO (maintenance repair operations) items utilizing your University of Akron P-card. 

NOTE: (P-card restrictions still apply for purchases within ESM).


ESM Application - Please fill out and email to Purchasing@uakron.edu in order gain access to ESM. 

ESM Approver Instructions - How to approve orders in ESM.

ESM Website - (save as favorite for future use)

ESM Frequently Asked Questions 

The University of Akron Shared Amazon Business Account

The University of Akron, Department of Purchasing, has obtained a Shared Amazon Business Account punch-out catalog that is accessed via ESM System. The University’s Amazon Shared Business account provides:

  • Free two-day shipping, with no minimum order, on more than 30 million eligible items marked with the Prime logo.
  • Ever-expanding product selection and competitive contract pricing.
  • Enhanced search and browse functionality.
  • Access to business-specific customer support.

Customer Service - Amazon

Customer Advisor – Harold Respass - For questions about large orders, pricing and product availability


Customer Service - GBEX (Office Depot)

Customer Service Representative are available by phone, fax, and email to assist with returns, shortages, order information, etc.

The hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am -5:00 pm.

Customer Advisor - Alicia Alarie -  For questions about large orders, pricing and product availability

Help with ESM

Todd J Christenson
Title: Purchasing Coordinator
Phone: 330-972-5965
Email: tjc25@uakron.edu