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*****NEW PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS PRE-QUALIFED SUPPLIER*****

Date:                September 26, 2018

Procurement Services, in partnership with University Marketing and Communications, is pleased to announce Warehouse Direct as the new Pre-Qualified Supplier of Promotional Products (limited to those products that are not for resale).  Under this new relationship, the University will establish a formal process for the procurement of goods with the Loyola logo.  This new, standardized process will improve our sourcing, ordering and invoice settlement while maintaining new levels of brand integrity.  In addition, this partnership provides the opportunity to evaluate and identify standard items for purchase by all departments to align with product sustainability initiatives.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be working diligently with Warehouse Direct in the development of the e-commerce platform that will enable you to order standard promotional products.  During this time, we will be identifying departments with high order and spend volumes to help develop this platform.  Once we have completed this process, we will be hosting a formal program introduction session and product show at the three main University campuses.  At that time, departments will have an opportunity to view product offerings from Warehouse Direct and their suppliers, and have the opportunity to identify product options that will be suitable for their needs.  These selections will be considered for inclusion in the standard product catalog in the e-commerce platform.  All products and logos will be fully vetted by Procurement Services and UMC before inclusion in the platform.  Our goal is for all departments with promotional product needs to have a voice in the standard product catalog offerings.

Procurement Services will be setting up the introduction and product show for early November.  Please keep your eyes open for the announcement for the date, time and location coming soon.  In the meantime, should you have any immediate needs for promotional products, please contact Procurement Services and we can facilitate a connection with Warehouse Direct.  Additionally, you can reach out to Warehouse Direct staff directly at the following information:

Laurie Iacono Domin

Print & Promotional Products Manager

Office: 847-631-0359

Cell:  630-890-8820

E-mail: liacono@warehousedirect.com

 

Amy Enright

Lead Customer Service Representative Promotional Products

Tel: 847-631-7421 

E-mail: promotionalproducts@warehousedirect.com

 

Shawn Erickson

Customer Service Promotional Products

Tel:  847-227-0495

E-mail: promotionalproducts@warehousedirect.com

 

Christian Velasquez

Customer Service Promotional Products

Tel: 847-631-0354

E-mail: promotionalproducts@warehousedirect.com

 

Karen Anderson

Customer Service Promotional Products

Tel: 630-561-9224

E-mail: karenanderson@warehousedirect.com

 

We are extremely excited about this new program and strongly encourage your department to use Warehouse Direct for your promotional product needs.  Attached to this document is a description of the benefits relating to the Pre-Qualified Supplier Program, Brand Integrity and Sustainability.  Should you have any further questions, please let us know.


 

Toner Purchases - Know All the Facts

Loyola Users should be advised that all toners are not created equal. There have been instances where toner is available through Amazon at a much lower price than that offered by our Pre-Qualified Supplier, Warehouse Direct. Amazon Toners in many cases are compatible to HP Toners – what does this mean? Compatible toners can be used in HP printers, but in many cases, are remanufactured toners. In some instances they use recycled cartridges that are simply filled with ink – the parts (drum, wiper blade, and mag roller) within the cartridge may or may not have been replaced. HP Toner is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) product that meets all specifications of the printer it is intended to be used in.

OEM Toner has the following characteristics that compatible, recycled, less expensive toner, may not have;

  • Provides for the maximum number of copies per cartridge
  • The cartridge itself and all the parts are brand new
  • Should a problem develop with the OEM cartridge purchased from Warehouse Direct, the item can be returned for a full credit or a replacement will be delivered the next day
  • Should it be determined that the cartridge is the cause of damage to your printer, Warehouse Direct will send out a service tech to resolve the problem at no cost.
  • Should the printer be unrepairable, Warehouse Direct will replace it with a new one at no cost.
  • OEM Toner cartridges are post tested before going out into the field.
  • OEM Toner is manufactured for each specific printer model which affects the yield ( amount of pages the cartridge produces before running out of toner)

Cost savings are certainly important, but quality and value added services are critical attributes to consider when making toner purchases.