Chicago and Pittsburgh (ots-PRNewswire) - 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(TM) 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 upgraded regularly.
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
"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 sizeable 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. Companies will
gain access to A.T. Kearney's Supply Market Solutions through
2Source, a new global strategic alliance involving A.T. Kearney, EDS
E.solutions and i2 Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITWO). 2Source offers
bundled solutions of strategic sourcing and procurement services,
powered by i2 technology and content. i2 customers will gain access
to the print Supply Market Solution via the i2 TradeMatrix Network.
Print spending is one of the largest areas of indirect spending
among Global 1000 companies. Forrester Research estimates that
Global 1000 companies purchase $110 billion of printed materials
annually in the United States and $240 billion globally.
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. printCafe's
management information systems allow printers to manage print
projects from job creation through delivery and integrate them with
e-commerce functionality via customer-branded web sites developed and
hosted by printCafe for its customers.
"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 job management 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
catalogue-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."
About A.T. Kearney
A.T. Kearney ( http://www.atkearney.com
) is one of the world's
largest and fastest-growing management consulting firms. With a
global presence that includes nearly 60 offices in 35 countries,
spanning major and emerging markets, A.T. Kearney provides strategic,
operational, organisational and information technology consulting and
executive search services to the world's leading companies. A.T.
Kearney is the high-value management consulting subsidiary of global
services leader EDS.
EDS, the leading pure-play global services company, provides
strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the
complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world's
best technologies to address critical client business imperatives.
It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways,
establish their customers' trust and continuously seek improvement.
EDS serves the world's leading companies and governments in 55
countries globally. EDS reported revenues of $18.5 billion in 1999.
The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:
EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. Learn more at http://www.eds.com
printCafe, Inc. ( http://www.printcafe.com
) was created in
January 2000 through the combined initiatives of Prograph, a leading
provider of print management and publishing software, and CreoScitex,
a division of Creo Products, Inc., a global supplier of digital
prepress solutions. 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 software applications are used by more
than 7,000 print buyers and printing facilities worldwide, including
19 of the 25 largest publication and commercial printers in North
America. printCafe has a strategic alliance with Creo Products, Inc.
(Nasdaq: CREO; TSE: CRE) and The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP),
and is a certified trading partner in Ariba, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ARBA)
Ariba Ready(TM) supplier network.
i2 is creating real value for its global e-business customers
through its i2 TradeMatrix solutions, content, and marketplace
platform. i2 TradeMatrix allows businesses to create both private
and public marketplaces, while improving the efficiencies of all
participants. i2 provides a wide variety of collaborative e-business
services for both the early stages and next generation of e-business
adoption, with each service supported by decision optimisation,
transaction management and content management solutions. Founded in
1988, i2's mission is to deliver $75 billion in value to its
customers by 2005. i2 is headquartered in Dallas, has more than
5,600 employees and maintains offices worldwide. Visit i2's Web site
. i2 is a registered trademark of i2
Technologies, Inc. i2 TradeMatrix, TradeMatrix Network and the i2
logo design are trademarks of i2 Technologies, Inc.
The statements in this news release that are not historical
statements are forward-looking statements within the meaning of
federal securities laws. These statements are subject to numerous
risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of EDS
and printCafe, which could cause actual results to differ materially
from such statements. For information concerning these risks and
uncertainties, see the most recent Form 10-Q filings by EDS and
printCafe. EDS and printCafe disclaim any intention or obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result
of new information, future events or otherwise.
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Doug MacDonald of A.T. Kearney, +1 312-223-6892,
Mary Murrin Smith of printCafe, +1 412-690-3055,
Web site: http://www.atkearney.com
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Web site: http://www.printcafe.com
Web site: http://www.i2.com
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