11 September 2008 | Paul Snell
Public sector buyers can now get cheaper deals on courier services under a new collaborative framework.
The agreement, which was developed by HM Revenue & Customs, the Home Office, Veterinary Laboratories Agency and OGCbuying.solutions (OGCbs), involved departments and agencies aggregating their demand and agreeing common requirements.
Services available under the framework include local, national and international deliveries, as well as the distribution of valuable items such as money, or the transport of potentially hazardous items such as medical or veterinary equipment.
The six suppliers on the framework are City Sprint, DX Group, Government Car and Despatch Agency, Royal Mail, TNT UK and E-Courier UK.
Peter Gollop, postal and courier services category manager at OGCbs, said in a statement: "The framework agreement allows customers to bypass the time and costs involved in conducting a full procurement exercise themselves. There is also the opportunity to run further mini-competitions dependent on each organisation's requirements and profile."