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A.T. Kearney Selects printCafe

Thursday, January 18, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO and PITTSBURGH - A.T. Kearney, the management consulting subsidiary of global services leader EDS (NYSE: EDS), today announced it has selected printCafe, Inc.'s print management software solution as the integrated e-commerce print procurement system for a new Supply Market Solution aimed at Fortune 500 print buyers. The A.T. Kearney print Supply Market Solution, powered by printCafe technology, reduces cost, improves quality and shortens cycle times for buyers. Suppliers benefit from reduced sales costs, a shorter selling cycle, increased client satisfaction and a standard e-commerce platform, which is upgraded regularly. The print Supply Market Solution brings together a pre-screened network of high-quality print suppliers with Fortune 500 print buyers across key areas of print procurement including commercial printing, direct mail, stationery and business forms. This aggregated purchasing power is then managed strategically by A.T. Kearney to create greater efficiencies, economies of scale and competitive advantage for buyers and suppliers. In tests among five Fortune 500 companies, participants saved from 20 to 40 percent of their print spend. "A.T. Kearney Supply Market Solutions will deliver value for both buyers and suppliers by creating more efficient supply chains with economic and service advantages, including higher quality and reduced cycle times," said Andy Eversbusch, A.T. Kearney vice president and leader of the Supply Market Solutions business. "We plan to deliver these solutions across a range of indirect categories, starting with print, which is a sizable expenditure for many of our clients." "We're very glad to be working with A.T. Kearney," said Marc Olin, Co-CEO of printCafe. "They understand that printing is a very complex, detail-driven process that doesn't conform to catalog-based solutions. Their clients are demanding a tailored e-procurement backend that is very specific to the print and publishing industry. printCafe's e-commerce and ERP for print technology, combined with A.T. Kearney's Strategic Sourcing and category management capabilities, create a powerful solution for print buyers, printers and suppliers."




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