08 September 2005 | Anusha Bradley
Printing firm Communisis plans to dramatically cut its supply base within six months using an electronic selection, procurement and payment system.
Suppliers of core printing materials and services must now undergo an online pre-qualification questionnaire.
John Wells, group commercial director, said the company wanted to reduce its suppliers from more than 400 to around 250, leading to more work and faster payment for the remaining suppliers.
The firm's 60 buyers, who control a £200 million annual spend, will use an American Express system that pays suppliers within five days.
David Duncan, strategy supply director, said a trial in June was a success and the firm plans to use it for travel, packaging and other indirect spend from early 2006.
The pre-qualification software alerts buyers when suppliers' profiles have been updated.
Wells said the system had received interest from inside and outside the industry and the firm is considering commercialising it.