05 July 2001 | Robin Parker
Print buyers looking for a fast way of locating suppliers are being targeted by a new e-commerce venture.
The system from print management group Forms UK, Obtain a Source in Seconds (Oasis), links users to a database of more than 250 suppliers of print techniques and processes.
The system is co-ordinated through Forms UK's procurement division on behalf of its clients, which include Jaguar and Sainsbury's. It provides an instant visual assessment of each supplier, analysing search criteria based on the appropriate specifications, such as print size, weight, cutting and finishing.
Oasis determines which suppliers offer the most competitive deals by automatically sending an e-mail or fax to companies that match the buyer's specifications, who send a quote in return.
Supplier performance is then continuously monitored against a graded scale, which is updated on the database.
"This system ensures that any inquiry automatically goes to previous suppliers, provided the client approved of their service," said Ian Rogers, senior procurement manager.
* Details of Forms UK's services are available at www.formsuk.com