Expanding print manager to save new client ‘up to 17%’

WPM Group has won another major client, with the rapid growth prompting a move into larger premises.

The Perth-based print management company has been contracted to supply design and print management services to St Stephen’s School in Western Australia. St Stephen’s has 1,200 students located in five campuses.

WPM chief executive Neil Clark told ProPrint the two-year contract started in mid-October and would produce savings of 10-17% for the school. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"It’s a full management program, from online catalogue ordering, web-to-print right through to reporting, full backing reporting and six-monthly reviews," said Clark.

"The offset and digital print will be done in Western Australia. They still have large capacity as far as their photocopying is concerned, so we’ll be working with them on price points for when it’s not economical for them to produce that in-house, and make sure they’re not producing material in-house that could be produced more efficiently outside."

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Clark said the St Stephen’s deal was a great vote of confidence in WPM's systems, staff and service offering.

"We did a cost reduction analysis for them, looked at how they were currently procuring and how much time was taken up with printing, and went back to them with a guaranteed savings in time and money," he said.

"Everyone is looking for cost efficiencies in their business, and to get this kind of return for their small investment is very attractive to them."

St Stephen’s is WPM's first education client. Clark said the six-staff firm planned to develop a marketing strategy specifically for schools and would target schools around the state.

WPM recently signed a $375,000 contract with chemical lab ChemCentre. Clark said the firm grew 43% in 2012-13 thanks in part to wins with West Australian miners and government departments.

He told ProPrint that WPM's rapid growth had prompted an ongoing move from Leederville to Herdsman. The new site, which will be operational from 28 October, is 35% larger, he said.

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