CCS picks 14 suppliers for £850m print framework
Manufacturers, large resellers and specialist consultancies win a spot on four-year procurement vehicle
Fourteen suppliers have won a place on an £850m framework covering the supply of printers and related software and services.
The agreement, which commenced on 13 September, features four lots, the first of which is dedicated to multifunctional devices (MFDs) – which offer scanning and copying, as well as printing – and “basic print-management software”.
This lot, worth an estimated £150m, features a single supplier: Ricoh. The Japanese print vendor will offer public sector organisations an online catalogue and purchasing platform, through which a limited range 14 devices can be ordered, as well as consumables, software, maintenance services, and financing options.
The second lot covers a much wider array of MFD products, as well as more sophisticated digital workflow software. The third lot covers the same offerings, but delivered as a managed service.
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Both lots are expected to be worth £325m.
Ricoh features on both as do fellow manufacturers Canon, HP Inc, Konica Minolta and Xerox, as well as independent reseller Vision.
Manufacturer Kyocera is the on the second lot, alongside IT services firms SCC and XMA, while Air Copier Systems, Computacenter, and EBM Office Centre feature on lot three.
The fourth lot, which covers print audits and other consultancy services, features just two specialist firms: UK Print Audits; and PUROSolutions. This lot is worth an estimated £50m.
The new framework is intended to replace the corresponding lots of the existing Multifunctional Devices, Managed Print and Content Services and Records and Information Management – which reaches its conclusion next week, having already been extended for an additional year beyond the standard four-year term.
According to the Crown Commercial Service: “[The new] agreement is for buyers who need support with: replacing or rationalising their current MFD needs; managing their existing number of MFDs through walk in take-over – this is where the supplier will walk in and take over management of the customer’s current MFDs; finding solutions to reduce their print volumes; designing and implementing digital technology solutions to support transformation of their current business processes; developing digital workflow solutions to provide a more strategic view when managing and operating their internal business processes; and cloud-based hosting through public, private or community cloud using software as a service, platform as a service, [or] infrastructure as a service.”
CCS is managing the framework alongside public sector purchasing groups YPO and ESPO. The agreement is open for use by all public sector organisations.
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