According to the release, before contracting with xpedx as its sole supplier, the University of Washington relied on multiple distributors to provide cleaning supplies for its 10 million-plus square feet of research laboratories, libraries, offices and lecture halls that total 180 buildings.
Following an intensive vendor selection process, xpedx was chosen because of its ability to provide the University of Washington with documentable cost savings, expertise on sustainable cleaning products, an online ordering platform and personalized support from an entire xpedx team dedicated to the university
, the release stated.
After winning the contract, the first project xpedx tackled was getting the university custodial purchasing functions consolidated and online, which standardized ordering across 11 campus service areas, the release noted.
The xpedx team helped the University of Washington benchmark its use of environmentally responsible cleaning products and worked with them to expand green cleaning campus-wide, the release added.
Gene Woodard, director of facility services at University of Washington, said: "When we started our search for a single supplier of cleaning products, we knew we wanted to cut costs, expand green cleaning and have close, personalized support from our supplier. We made big leaps in efficiencies by ordering online and streamlining product selection and delivery dates. xpedx got the online platform up and running with very few hiccups. It’s a very successful system, a key ''nerve center'' in our campus-wide cleaning operation. And it’s saving us increasing amounts of money each year."