A.T. Kearney Selects printCafe

EDS management consulting company finds print solution

CHICAGO and PITTSBURGH  PRNewswire  It looks like there might be a waiting list to get into printCafe. The print management procurement system company announced that is was selected by EDS management consulting subsidiary A.T. Kearney to power their Supply Market Solution.

A.T. Kearney hopes that the integration of printCafe into the Supply Market Solution will offer suppliers such benefits as reduced sales costs, a shorter selling cycle, increased client satisfaction and a standard e-commerce platform, which is upgraded regularly.

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.

The print Supply Market Solution is the first of a number of packaged procurement solutions planned by A.T. Kearney and CoNext, its net markets operations subsidiary. The packages are focused on providing large companies with a cost-effective method for tracking common categories of indirect materials and services.

Under the terms of the agreement between printCafe and A.T. Kearney, companies buying through the print Supply Market Solution will use printCafe's print management software. printCafe provides business management software solutions to both the buyer and supplier sides of the printing and publishing industries.

We selected printCafe based on a rigorous evaluation of e-procurement systems for the print industry, said Eversbusch. "We were looking for an end-to-end solution that carried through from the buyer to the printer. With the printCafe solution, data can flow from our customers' e-procurement platform, such as Ariba, to suppliers and to a printer's back office systems.

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.