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Consolidation with single-source supply solutions

18 May 2006

Organisations turn to consolidation with single-source supply solutions

Companies and large government organisations are increasingly choosing to consolidate their purchasing requirements using single source solutions such as Corporate Express.

New Zealand Police have found such a move very beneficial for streamlining purchasing requirements and trimming costs from expenditure.

Stan Pope, National Procurement Manager for New Zealand Police said their partnership with Corporate Express is predicated on an end-to-end electronic solution.

“We have over 10,000 staff in locations around the country and maintain an internal electronic catalogue of approx 2,100 items ranging from stationery through to office furniture totalling over 5 million dollars expenditure each year,”Pope said.

“Our contract has brought about a large amount of consolidation which has helped us to aggregate volumes and save costs whilst still meeting operational needs. Corporate Express has been proactive in assessing our consumption and introducing better options.

“Corporate Express reviews the volumes coming through and recommends ways to still meet our needs with alternatives that reduce our costs. We’ve instituted some substitutions on recommendation from Corporate Express to use the generic type brands that come at a lower cost.

“The electronic system catalogues and workflow approvals utilized between New Zealand Police and Corporate Express materially streamlines the administration and reduces paperwork. Because of the tightness and robustness of the electronic process, the fast turnaround from order to supply reduces the need of onsite stocking.

“They have also done some significant work in helping us to reduce our environmental impact. They review the products we have selected and give advice as to how we might use more environmentally friendly products that reduce our impact and yet do not significantly affect our bottom line. For example, they provide recycled printer cartridges providing significant cost reduction as well as being environmentally responsible.

“We also have eleven other government agencies that are currently sourcing under our Syndicated Procurement contract and leveraging the associated arrangement we’ve made whilst also saving each agency the repetitive time, cost and effort otherwise associated with full tendering.

“Corporate Express continues to remain proactive and build on the relationship and stay focused on opportunities for continuous improvement. Our contract was won by open tender and has been in place for six years. During that period Corporate Express successfully retained the business following an open market retender process at the expiry of the original term,” he said.

Brian Rosenberg, General Manager for Corporate Express in New Zealand, believes that by providing a single source supply solution to businesses his company makes it easier and more cost effective for them to do business.

“We offer more than just products. We partner with our customers to assist them in taking costs out of their business by streamlining their supply chain, offering competitive pricing, providing easy ordering systems and proactive account management,” said Rosenberg.

“Our single source solution is why we have become an established supplier to the government and corporate sectors,”he said.

Corporate Express first opened their doors in Christchurch in 1995 and are now located in six centers across New Zealand. Company turnover in New Zealand has grown from 8 million to 84 million dollars. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Corporate Express Australia Limited which listed on the ASX in January 1995.

Corporate Express offers office and computer supplies, IT solutions, print services_, furniture, _promotional marketing services, janitorial supplies and kitchen supplies.

Corporate Express can be contacted on 0 800 800 547.


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