Promotional Items

This bulletin is to advise the community of new Vendor of Records (“VORs”) for Promotional Items.


Promotional Items are currently being purchased across York University (“York”) in a de-centralized fashion with no standardized pricing. To reduce administrative costs associated with procurement, York has created a VOR for Promotional Items through the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (“OECM”) agreement.

To capitalize on lower pricing and best selection, York is creating VORs with the following vendors:

Akran MarketingGlenn Barrett, Branding Specialist
. PCard
. Purchase Order
. Sm@rtBuy (Fall 2017)
Score Promotional Marketing Inc.Adam Scher
Vice President
. PCard
. Purchase Order
. Sm@rtBuy (Fall 2017)

The York University Bookstore remains the preferred source of supply for Promotional Items, therefore community members are encouraged to first contact the Bookstore to fulfill their requirements.

Vendor Introductory Session

Interested community members will be invited to attend a vendor introduction session with Akran Marketing and Score Promotional Marketing Inc. which will be scheduled at a later date. The introductory session will explain the transition process to York’s new VOR including short and long-term ordering processes; provide an opportunity to introduce York’s end users to a number of value-added products/services being offered; and provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

ImportantImplementation Details

The awarded vendors will be on-boarded to Sm@rtBuy, the University’s on-line purchasing system. The on-boarding process is expected to be completed by Fall 2017. Benefits for ordering through Sm@rtBuy:

  • consistent pricing across the University
  • broad-range of products available at competitive price and provide savings
  • seamless order/pay process, eliminating invoices, credit card payments
  • the ability to work with vendors to achieve service consistency and customer satisfaction


The vendors will provide product resources including, but not limited to the following:

Including but not limited to:
1AwardsAward, Button, Lapel pin, Medal, Plaque, Trophy
2BagsBackpack / Knapsack, Bag clip, Duffle bag, Messenger bag, Pouch, Tote bag
3Clothing & AccessoriesApron, Bracelet / Wristband, Cap/Hat/Toque, Hoodie, Jacket, Mini button, Polo shirt, Shorts, Sweatpants, Sweatshirt, T-Shirt
4DrinkwareCup, Mug, Tumbler, Water Bottle
5Home & ToolsCleaner, Flashlight, Glass opener, Key chain, Kick-bag, Knife Set, Measuring Tape, Mirror, Pet Leash, Tool, Toothpick
6OfficeBusiness Card Magnet, Calculator, Card Holder, Clip, Clock, Coin Bank, Desk Buddy, Frame, Loop Pen Bin, Organizer, Paperweight, Pin, Post-It
7Outdoor & LeisureBalloons, Beach Ball, Cheering Stick, Cube Puzzle, Frisbee, Golf balls, Logo Crest, Stress Reliever, Sunglasses, Telescope, Towel, Umbrella
8Show & EventsBadge Holder, Banner, Breakaway, Flag, Lanyard, Name Badge, Table Cloth, Table Throw, Tent
Highlighter, Journal, Notebook, Pad-folio, Pen, Pencil, Pencil Case
10TechnologyUSB, Charger, Earbuds, Flash drive, Mobile accessories, Speaker, Watch

Decoration Methods

The vendors can provide decoration product resource methods including but not limited to:

  • Embroidery
  • Etching
  • Image Transfer (e.g., heat transfer)
  • Laser engraving
  • Laser printing
  • Silk – screening; and
  • Any other commercially available decoration methods as required.


The vendors can provide pre-production proofs for approval.


The vendors can provide product resource samples including pre-production samples with York specific artwork at no cost.

Please contact Maaz Khan, Senior Buyer, at ext. 22417or via e-mail at should you have any questions.