SOS Program Participants

Many of the "supply type" items purchased by WHOI can be procured from a single vendor. Typically, products in these category have small dollar value but are purchased frequently. Some examples are office supplies, lab supplies and lab gases. Products like these are candidates for our SOS (Speedy Order System) program.

An SOS program begins with developing a strong partnership with the selected supplier. While price is important, other facets of the procurement cycle are also weighed as well. These include ordering systems, delivery, return policy and billing. The selected supplier must be able to provide WHOI with a seamless order to billing system, preferably using the internet.

To you, the customer, these systems ensure you are getting the best value for your purchasing dollar. In the following pages, you will find those SOS programs that are currently in place. Please read the instructions for each program carefully. Most require some type of customer set up to use the related electronic ordering system.

We always interested in your suggestions for additional SOS programs. Please contact us with any suggestions and comments you may have.

SOS Program Participants

Corp Brothers

Corp Brothers provides their services to the Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts area. Services include safety equipment, welding supplies, specialty and industrial gases, marine equipment, dry ice and other related products.

Fisher Scientific

WHOI and Fisher Scientific would like to offer you direct access to ordering your laboratory, chemical, safety and third party supplies via the Internet.


Sigma-Aldrich provides biochemical and organic chemical products and kits that are used in scientific and genomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, the diagnosis of disease and as key components in pharmaceutical and other high technology manufacturing.

W.B. Mason

W.B. Mason Company, in a cooperative effort with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Procurement Department, has developed and printed this catalog and accompanying order forms for your exclusive use.

West Marine

West Marine is a marine retailer/wholesaler with outlets throughout the country. As a corporate customer, WHOI receives deep discounts and, in Massachusetts, tax exempt status.

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