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Get your ArcGIS software faster with online purchase orders

The revamped Esri Canada Store, launched in 2021, makes purchasing licenses for core ArcGIS software, apps and extensions easier and faster—and now, you can buy any of these items using an online purchase order.

Using the Esri Canada Store, you can now get your product license on the same business day (depending on time of purchase), rather than waiting up to two days, as you would using a traditional purchase order.

“This new capability broadens the available procurement options for our customers,” said Shaughn Houston, Esri Canada director of customer experience. “Not only that, but using online purchase orders, they’ll be able to get their licenses faster than they would with the manual process.”


A screenshot from the Esri Canada Store checkout screen with the option to pay with a purchase order highlighted in blue.

At checkout, simply enter your purchase order number the way you might enter a credit card number.


“Our customers needed an option that would allow them to reduce the amount of time they spend going back and forth with our Customer Care team,” said Russell Pereira, Esri Canada’s director of customer care. “The new purchase order option provides customers with a fast and intuitive way to buy that doesn’t require them to wait.”

Please note that online purchase orders submitted close to or after the end of the business day will be fulfilled first thing the next business day.

How to buy with a purchase order

If your organization already has purchase order authorization, using purchase orders at the Esri Canada Store is simple.

To buy with a purchase order, you must be a Canadian company, not an individual. The option to buy online with a purchase order is currently applicable to products that have term licenses and subscriptions, like ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro.

To get started, check with your organization’s My Esri administrator whether you’re authorized to submit purchase orders via the Esri Canada Store. Once this specific user permission has been turned on in My Esri, you’ll be able to use your account to submit purchase orders on our store.

A screenshot of My Esri. The “Purchase on Esri store” and “Submit Purchase Order” toggles are currently flipped to “Yes”.

Before you head to the Esri Canada Store to make your purchase, be sure to check whether authorization to submit purchase orders is turned on in My Esri.

Once logged into the Esri Canada Store, you can browse our growing selection of over 80 products, get details about each one and see its price. When you want to purchase a product, click the Pricing button, add the product to your cart and begin the process of checking out. On the checkout screen, enter your purchase order number. This gives you the option to pay by credit card or other payment method, such as electronic funds transfer or cheque. Orders made via online purchase orders are subject to the same payment terms as offline purchases. 

Some items are currently not available in the Esri Canada Store. For these and other items, you still have the option to submit purchase orders through traditional ordering channels.

More reasons to use the Esri Canada Store

In addition to buying ArcGIS via online purchase orders, the Esri Canada Store makes your life easier by allowing you to:

  • Easily filter and search for products: You can search for products by using keywords, or filter your search by product type, the platform type that is supported (desktop or software as a service [SaaS]) or the specific software/SaaS that the products work with.
  • Check out your items faster: In the past, creating a customer account required a journey across different sites using My Esri. Account creation is integrated into the Esri Canada Store so you can create an account when you check out.
  • Buy in bulk to access volume pricing: Now, you can buy desktop licenses in bulk and get discounts, which are applied at checkout.
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions: No need to research answers or make a call when it comes to the online shopping experience or software: common questions and their answers are now provided alongside the items they pertain to.

The Esri Canada Store sells licenses for software products such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Desktop; ArcGIS Online user types and credits; apps including ArcGIS Business Analyst, ArcGIS Field Maps and ArcGIS QuickCapture; and extensions such as ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Image Analyst and ArcGIS 3D Analyst. And we’re adding new products to the store all the time.

“We understand our customers are very busy doing important work for their organizations and communities, and we’re delighted to bring them even more options to quickly find and access the ArcGIS solutions they need,” Houston said.

Visit the Esri Canada Store today to explore all these features and more.

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Dani Pacey is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. She digitized her first map at the tender age of 10 and has been fascinated by the relationships between people and places ever since. An avid technical communicator with degrees in Science & Technology Studies from York University and History of Science & Technology from the University of King's College, Dani has always blended science, social science and the humanities and loves bringing them all together to tell great stories about human life.

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