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BOPLASS Councils Appoint Konica Minolta as Print and Copier Supplier

Shared Services Enable Bay of Plenty and Gisborne Councils to Save

Appointing a single printer and copier supplier across the BOPLASS Councils has resulted in thousands of dollars of ratepayer money being saved. The savings in print costs across the participating councils ranges from $10,000 to $200,000 per year which for some councils means reductions in print costs of more than 50%. Total savings across the group will exceed $2,000,000 over the term of the new contract.

Konica Minolta was selected after a formal procurement process was undertaken including print audits and equipment optimisation studies for all the participating BOPLASS councils.

BOPLASS Chair, Mary-Anne Macleod says that the selection of a single supplier for printers across the BOPLASS Councils is an example of the far reaching benefits of cooperation and shared services between local authorities.

"This is just one of many collaborative projects that BOPLASS is working on, we have already achieved substantial savings in procuring aerial photography services, insurance, telephone and mobile services, office supplies, and other important contracts.”

In addition to the significant financial savings, the appointment of a single printer and copier supplier has established a common technology platform across the BOPLASS councils which will enable further integration of services in the future.

BOPLASS Ltd is a company owned by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua District Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Kawerau District Council, Tauranga City Council, Opotiki District Council, Whakatane District Council, Taupo District Council and Gisborne District Council. It has been established to promote shared services between local authorities in the Bay of Plenty/Gisborne Regions.