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Polestar awards UK procurement and stores management contract

Polestar, the UK's leading print company, has entered into a 5-year agreement with ERIKS Integrated Solutions, a division of Europe's largest industrial distributor. Under the new agreement, Polestar is outsourcing to ERIKS their MRO procurement and stores management activity at their five largest sites in the UK.

Following a thorough evaluation of all the options open to them, Polestar decided that ERIKS' unrivalled experience in this field set them apart from the competition.

The new contract will allow Polestar to benefit both commercially and operationally from the relationship with ERIKS, who will bring value-added activity to the sites in areas such as 5S stores management techniques, technical innovations, inventory reduction and critical spares sharing.

Karen Caruso, Group Purchasing Director at Polestar commented: "We were looking to move away from the traditional customer/supplier relationship and enter into a long-term partnership with a business that could clearly demonstrate a good track record in this field."

Janet Kenyon, Group Projects Director at Polestar added: "ERIKS were able to show us a wide variety of successful contracts across a number of industry sectors and that gave us the confidence we needed to make this major step".

Paul Lynch, Sales Director at ERIKS Integrated Solutions summed up: "We are delighted to have been chosen by Polestar for this valuable contract. Our standardisation programs, product application advice and proven inventory reduction tools will lead to significant savings for Polestar, who, along with the majority of other large UK manufacturers, are looking to concentrate on their own core competences and outsource non-core functions to those who specialise."

ERIKS IS provides fully integrated supply chain management including; on-site MRO stores, procurement and maintenance services for many of the UK's largest manufacturers. As a manufacturer in its own right and one of the largest purchasing and supply bases for industrial products in Europe, ERIKS is able to provide both technical insight and logistical support to deliver plant reliability, productivity and financial control on a national basis.

We offer over 90 years technical knowledge and experience from 76 nationwide industrial service centres, supplying over 500,000 unique industrial products. We have 88 integrated on site stores and procurement centres reducing the costs of all maintenance and repair products and industrial services. With 9 Product Business Units and 23 fully equipped repair workshops maintaining equipment from electric motors, pumps, gearboxes, generators, transformers through to condition monitoring based preventative maintenance services, such as thermography, air leak surveys and vibration analysis.

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