Information Technology Services

UNC Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI) Information

Since May 2008, University departments have been able to purchase PCs through UNCG's Campus-wide Hardware Procurement program (CHP) at significantly discounted prices, while receiving additional benefits such as accidental damage coverage for laptops, standardized parts to facilitate faster repairs, and loaners available to replace clients' CHP machines while being serviced.

In fall 2010, UNCG's CHP program was modified to offer standard Windows PC models covered by the UNC System collaborative purchasing arrangement. The UNC Combined Pricing Initiative (CPI) combines the purchasing power of 17 UNC institutions to provide all with equal access to volume discounts on PC equipment purchases and related services. In FY 11-12, CPI was expanded to include quarterly "bulk buys" of Macintosh computers and other Apple products, using UNC's combined purchasing power to obtain savings above standard academic discounts. Through the end of FY 13-14, UNCG had saved an additional $55k through participation in the Apple bulk buys.

About the CPI

  • CPI standard Windows PCs with system-wide discounted pricing are listed on the CHP Computer Specifications page.
  • You may shop for or purchase CPI computers with a Pcard or Purchase Order through eMarketplace.
  • Participation has been mandated by GA for all campuses, and each campus is required to make at least 80% of all PC purchases from the standard configurations available through the CPI.
  • Any purchases of Windows-based PCs not covered by the CPI will need to be approved through a campus-specific exception process.
  • CPI discounts for Apple purchases are obtain through participation in the Apple CPI quarterly "bulk buy" process. Department Technology Coordinators (DTCs) receive quarterly notices of these opportunities.
  • If Apple product purchases are necessary outside of a "bulk buy" window, these purchases should be made through UNCG's Institutional Apple Store. Apple purchases made through UNCG's Apple Store do not require an exception process and will not count as part of the 20% limit on exception purchases.

Additional Information

If you have questions or concerns regarding the CPI program, please contact 6-TECH at 256-TECH (8324) or