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
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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