UBC-Xerox partnership targets costs, sustainability

The University of British Columbia has entered a partnership with Xerox for new and cost-effective document and print management services.

The partnership agreement with Xerox Global Services (XGS) will enable easier, better and less expensive printing and copying of documents, according to Pierre Ouillet, UBC Vice President, Finance, Resources and Operations.

“The agreement will involve virtually all aspects of the document lifecycle, including printing, copying, scanning, faxing, design and delivery of print materials,” Ouillet said. “Initial benefits include consistent, affordable and reliable campus-wide printing and document production capabilities. The objective will be to deliver cost savings and productivity improvements directly to the faculties, departments and students at UBC.”

The six-year partnership will save UBC approximately $8 million over the term, Ouillet said, adding that anticipated efficiency improvements in office services and the document lifecycle will reduce the university’s energy consumption and carbon footprint, which is integral to UBC’s sustainability strategy.

“We chose Xerox Global Services because of its customer service leadership, proven experience and ability to drive cost savings, environment benefits and consistent processes while creating the platform for document management,” Ouillet said.

“Higher learning institutions are continually challenged to be operationally efficient and environmentally responsible while meeting the printing demands of students, staff and faculty,” said Jim Muzyka, Vice President, Xerox Global Services Canada. “To meet these needs, universities require partners that can transcend the typical vendor role. The value of forming partnerships and working together to help faculty and students achieve their goals is of paramount importance to Xerox.”