Smartworks.com and printCafe Launch Effort for Fortune 1000 Print Buyers
Friday, November 30, 2001
(Dayton, OH and Pittsburgh, PA) November 28, 2001 --- SMARTworks.com, Inc. and printCafe today announced an alliance that will create a unique print procurement solution for Fortune 1000 print buyers wishing to manage multiple print and fulfillment suppliers. The two companies plan to integrate printCafe’s Web-based services for custom print procurement with SMARTworks.com’s technology for inventory management, fulfillment, and catalog-based procurement to offer a platform specifically designed for corporate print procurement organizations wishing to manage many suppliers through one seamless solution. printCafe’s and SMARTworks.com’s complementary technologies allow corporate print buyers to specify marketing and promotional materials, accept bids from multiple suppliers, manage production, store and track inventory at multiple warehouses, and distribute a wide variety of printed materials through a streamlined process that maximizes resources, increases cost savings, and improves efficiency. The combined solution will be designed to accommodate corporations’ diverse print projects including business forms and labels, stationery, quick print projects, secure documents, and ad specialties, among other commercially printed materials. "This alliance between printCafe and SMARTworks.com represents a first-of-its-kind offering to the Fortune 1000 print market," said Joe Morgan, president and chief executive officer of SMARTworks.com. "Management of the corporate print-buying process is complex because companies buy a wide variety of materials purchased by multiple internal departments from many, many suppliers. Our combined solutions address the complexity with a streamlined approach that allows buyers to manage the entire process much more simply and effectively." "SMARTworks.com has thousands of users within hundreds of corporations. We are very happy to be working with them to provide an exciting, comprehensive new procurement solution to this market," said Marc Olin, president and chief executive officer of printCafe. "Together we will improve the print-buying, inventory management, and distribution activity of these companies that we believe will deliver greater productivity and profitability to the bottom line." About SMARTworks.com, Inc. (www.smartworks.com) SMARTworks.com, Inc. provides buyers and suppliers with the leading e-business technology platform for improving business communications processes – integrating catalog content and procurement, procurement management, digital product management, supply chain management, and design to order capabilities. SMARTworks.com enables industry-leading companies to identify and solve common points of pain in their internal and external communication processes through the use of SMARTworks Enterprise Solutions. By leveraging its expertise and its customers’ experiences, SMARTworks provides industry-specific solutions to over 800 top-level clients. Currently, over 65,000 users process in excess of 240,000 line items per month, enabling Global 3000 companies to drive growth, reduce operational costs, and minimize risk. SMARTworks.com, Inc. is a wholly owned corporate subsidiary of The Standard Register Company (NYSE: SR). For more information on SMARTworks.com’s solutions, visit www.smartworks.com or call 888.320.7465. About printCafe (www.printcafe.com) printCafe, Inc. is a provider and developer of infrastructure software and Internet-based products for the printing industry. printCafe's approach integrates the most widely used print management systems with a powerful e-commerce engine enabling users to specify virtually any type of print project, obtain estimates, manage B2B transactions, monitor ERP information, set up all stages of the production process, track the status of a project in real time, manage invoicing, and report on a broad range of performance summaries and analyses. Services and applications are designed for a wide range of print projects from complex magazines and books to medium-to-small projects such as collateral materials and business cards. printCafe solutions are installed in or hosted for over 8,000 printing facilities and print buyers worldwide, including 20 of the 25 largest printing companies in the United States, and over 50 of the Fortune 1000 companies including AOL Time Warner, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. printCafe has formed strategic alliances with Creo Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSE: CRE), as well as with a subsidiary of A.T. Kearney, an EDS Company, and is a certified trading partner in Ariba, Inc.'s Ariba Ready(TM) supplier network.