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November 12, 2010

BT set to save £10.4m in print infrastructure over four years

Introduction of new reporting tool for printing insight

By CBR Staff Writer

BT, a provider of communications solutions and services, is set to save £10.4m over four years by streamlining its enterprise-wide print infrastructure to meet environmental sustainability objectives and cost efficiency.

Under an agreement signed by the telecom company and Xerox, the latter has assessed BT’s UK office printing and production printing services and rationalise its enterprise-wide print infrastructure.

The agreement underscores the next stage of the partnership which was first established in 1999, to improve BT’s UK print-production processes.

As per the extended partnership, Xerox is removing third-party printers as they reach end of life, disposing of them in a responsible manner, and replacing them with models that deliver lower cost per copy, use lower-cost consumables and are more energy-efficient.

Xerox has also introduced a new reporting tool that provides greater insight into the pattern of printing across the organisation, aiming to identify additional cost-saving opportunities and move to a usage-based pricing system.

Xerox has initiated steps such as more users are now sharing each printing device, up from 8 to 25; and many devices are now using Xerox’s proprietary cartridge-free solid ink technology which generates 90% less supplies waste than comparable laser printers.

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BT services manager Alan Quearns said that they were looking for cost savings, of course, but most of all they were looking for a proactive approach to improving service levels and reducing our print related carbon footprint.

"With this partnership extension we are building on a solid relationship with a trusted provider – and as a result of the open and honest nature of our relationship, I am in no doubt that we will hit our targets," Quearns said.

Xerox Global Document Outsourcing director and general manager Peter Romaine said organisations across the country are seeking to make significant cost savings, and Xerox long partnership with BT demonstrates clearly that there is money to be saved by looking at the often-overlooked back-office function of printing.

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