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iPrint to Offer E-Printing Services Through Ariba Commerce Services Network

Press release from the issuing company

MENLO PARK, Calif.--June 27, 2001-- iPrint Technologies, inc., the leading online printing technology and infrastructure provider, today announced that its e-printing services have received Ariba® Ready(TM) certification from Ariba Inc. Ariba Ready is a program that helps ensure smooth business integration and interoperability between buyers and suppliers accessing the Ariba® Commerce Services Network(TM) (Ariba CSN). The agreement allows iPrint to seamlessly implement its proprietary XML-PrintBuyer(TM) technology and print procurement services with buyers and market makers worldwide. iPrint will utilize Ariba PunchOut, allowing enterprise customers to access their own dedicated e-Print Center, directly from their Ariba application, where they can customize and order items such as business cards, stationery, and promotional merchandise for purchase. This gives customers the ability to lock down logos and taglines to maintain brand integrity. iPrint integrates e-printing technology into enterprise e-procurement systems, helping corporations reduce operating costs and streamline the commercial print-buying process -- without incurring implementation costs. Through Ariba CSN, customers can "punchout'' from the Ariba® Buyer(TM) application to the iPrint site as a single, secure, Internet-based point of access and integration, enabling iPrint to more efficiently and cost-effectively create and maintain its corporate relationships, move business transactions online and conduct business with clients globally. "To succeed in today's economy, companies must be able to access electronic environments where they can easily interact with customers and suppliers,'' said Cindy Elkins, VP and general manager, Supplier and Content Solutions for Ariba. "The Ariba CSN enables iPrint to offer its streamlined e-printing and print procurement services to thousands of global buyers, across diverse industries, who already use the network.'' "The Ariba CSN is perfectly suited for our e-printing services,'' said Tom Haley, Vice President, Enterprise Systems Group for iPrint Technologies, inc. "We can now access a large network of potential clients whom we can quickly add as e-procurement partners thanks to a robust integration infrastructure and seamless supply chain management capabilities. Most importantly, iPrint's efficiencies, cost savings and minimal implementation time help improve the overall ROI of our partners' existing e-procurement efforts.'' To qualify for Ariba Ready status, a supplier must demonstrate scalable processes for managing digital transactions between the Ariba CSN and their eCommerce environment. Ariba Ready uses a well-defined process and consistent measurement standards to validate the level of integration. Ariba developed these processes and measurements in conjunction with Arthur Andersen, Ariba's third party provider of testing and validation services. In addition to creating systems for corporations to manage their commercial print procurement, iPrint offers specialized commercial printing services such as facilitating the printing of brochures, promotional and apparel items, bound documentation, and direct mail and fulfillment services. Printing is completed through iPrint's extensive network of commercial printing partners or via direct output to existing vendors.