As a Procurement lead you probably spend a lot of your time researching the most cost-effective prices and providers. To save you time and energy, we’ve compiled the top 5 things that you need to know about Springfield Papers:
1) The Supplier Health Check
Ever wanted to change suppliers but have then been bombarded with endless amounts of paperwork to justify your decision? Nowadays, many Universities often have a preferred supplier which they inherit and are reluctant to switch – even if you are stuck in a rut with them, have a bad relationship, or are subject to endlessly rising prices. It doesn’t need to be like that! We believe that the paperwork shouldn’t be a barrier to a switch. We offer to help with the paperwork and make the change as easy as possible: short-term pain for long-term gain. Springfield can offer you the ‘supplier health check’ to meet your expectations, deliver on your key business KPI’s and make switching suppliers easier.
After years of supplying paper to the education sector, we understand your needs and are able to offer the following benefits:
Our call-off and paper stock holding service allows you to benefit from our bulk discount rates even if you haven’t got storage space available
Exceptional bulk discounts on large scale orders, perfect for the exam season
Access to pre-negotiated framework pricing at preferential rates
Comprehensive and itemised price lists to support procurement paperwork admin
We understand the importance of having credible and sustainable suppliers. Our paper is sourced responsibly and we have been awarded with environmental FSC® and PEFC Chain of Custody certification, alongside our ISO14001 Environmental Certification. If you want a supplier with a robust and inclusive corporate framework to help you tick diversity and environmental credentials on your side, then we are here for you.
2) E-Procurement – Making Things Easy
When it comes to placing orders we understand that things can get a little complicated with different Departments ordering various products for a range of campuses. Whether you place your orders over the phone, via Purchase Order or using Purchasing Systems, such as PROACTIS, we can correctly and accurately manage your data. By having the opportunity to order through E-Procurement, you are guaranteed to have a more reliable service, being able to access excellent visuals on both your pricing and your products, 24/7, with no room for error. Grasp control of your universities’ spend and be the person that makes the difference in your Department with a more effective and efficient way to order.
3) Positive Supplier Relationships
Long distance communication has become a vital factor to the success of many businesses but we understand that many people appreciate the personal approach of a face to face visit – we are mobile and will travel to see you. We believe in creating positive relationships, built on supplier agility and flexibility. Whether it’s the beginning of the new financial year, open days or summer archiving, we like to understand your University timetable. This always has an encouraging effect on the exchange and flow of data and knowledge, therefore improves overall performance.
4) We Think ‘Logistics’
There is nothing worse than getting to work early in the morning and finding out that your delivery of paper has been dumped in the car park on the wrong side of the building… especially if you are not a morning person! We understand how important logistics are to Universities in terms of delivery and parking. Our switched on, friendly team of drivers are really the heart of our business, they’re the ones you meet week-in-week-out. The drivers are highly trained in customer service and can handle both bulk and irregular deliveries with significant skill, care and consideration. From order entry to the exact point of delivery, we strive for exceptional attention to detail every step of the way. We aim for all deliveries to be with you within 24hrs of ordering by our own trained drivers who all hold enhanced DBS (formerly known as CRB) for your peace of mind.
5) Framework Success
We are a key supplier on multiple higher education Procurement Frameworks, sucessfully meeting the needs of high volume users who enjoy our prompt delivery service and flexibility. We are impressed with the commitment shown in this sector to sustainability, and the environmental credentials of our carefully sourced products enable us to satisfy these requirements.