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Heidelberger offers all print shops free access to its digital procurement platform


March 24, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is offering all print shops free access to its Zaikio Procurement industry platform with immediate effect. Zaikio networks print shops’ IT systems with those of their suppliers, which enables print service providers to establish an automatic link with these suppliers.

Following a successful test phase with selected print shops and suppliers, all print service providers who wish to do so can now register on the Zaikio platform free of charge. They will then have direct, automatic access from their management information system (MIS) to the portfolios of the suppliers already linked to Zaikio and can place orders at the latest prices with just a few clicks. Following approval by procurement staff, the orders are transferred directly into the relevant supplier’s ERP system, which reciprocates by providing the print shop’s ordering system with information about availability and delivery options.

This process lays the foundation for fully automatic orders based on various factors – from the current paper or ink consumption to stock levels. It also optimizes the digital procurement processes of print shops and suppliers alike.

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“With Zaikio, Heidelberg is gradually establishing an industry platform that is open to all companies, digitizes and automates numerous value-adding processes between participants, and makes these operations transparent,” explains Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. “By making overall processes and collaboration in the printing industry far simpler, Zaikio is boosting the competitiveness of everyone involved.”

Heidelberg is also celebrating the 1000 global installation of its workflow solution, Prinect Production Manager. It is a volume-based subscription offering that ensures customers pay only for their actual use of Prinect without the need to purchase individual licenses upfront. The monthly usage fee covers the full portfolio of software modules as well as updates and upgrades.