A blanket order is issued to purchase expendable items from a single vendor over a certain period of time, often being the fiscal year. Items are purchased on one purchase order, rather than several separate orders. Equipment cannot be purchased on blanket orders.
Use a blanket order, instead of a purchase order, for
- reoccurring purchases with the same vendor where the items to be purchased are not predetermined or where the account code(s) and index(es) to be charged are not predetermined;
- convenience, when you have several people picking up or ordering items from the vendor;
- items prohibited for purchase with your purchasing card; and
- paying vendors who won’t take credit cards.