When we first started working together, King’s College London had an annual expenditure of approximately £850k and produced printed products via the following methods:
The college was experiencing a number of challenges, including a lack of:
In 2012, King’s set out to appoint a new consolidated framework of print suppliers, for a period of 4 years, across 6 lots, or print categories, including: stationery, digital print, short run litho, long run litho, wide format and print management.
The objectives of the new print supplier framework were to:
King’s also set out to procure a software system capable of managing the new framework according to the college’s new standardised policies and processes.
Webmart, a print management agency, specialising in the procurement and management of print services and with experience in the higher education sector, along with its sister company, Printelligence, a provider of print procurement and management software, were approached by King’s procurement team to respond to these objectives.
Following a competitive tendering exercise, Webmart was appointed to King’s new print supplier framework as the incumbent print management supplier alongside a range of best-in-class printing companies.
Printelligence worked with King’s procurement team on a separate basis, to establish a dedicated browser based hosted software solution which connected King’s staff with the new supplier roster via a secure portal.
The combination of the new print supplier framework, Webmart’s appointment on the framework, as well as the implementation of the new software, branded by King’s as LeanPrint, delivered the following benefits:
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