Unimarket Implements New Online Catalog Solution for the NSW Department of Education

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New system serves the needs of more than 2,000 primary and secondary schools

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"Unimarket worked in partnership with the Department to ensure we achieved the best outcome for our schools and scalability of the solution for use by other NSW Government agencies," said Andrea Patrick, Chief Procurement Officer at NSW Department of Education.

Unimarket, a leading provider of procurement software and services, has implemented a cloud-based, easy-to-use online catalog solution for the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education. The new system is being used by more than 2,000 primary and secondary schools in New South Wales, Australia.

With its straightforward, user-friendly interface, the solution makes it easy for school administrators, managers and teachers to search, find and buy products they need to help keep their schools running and deliver a positive educational experience for their students.

Since implementation, the NSW Department of Education has averaged 500+ orders per day and spent over AUD$135 million (USD$97 million) through the platform.

School administration staff, and the department’s corporate staff, can buy with confidence, knowing that they are using the Department’s approved suppliers. Everything purchased through the online catalog aligns with the pricing and contract terms negotiated by the NSW Department of Education with its preferred suppliers.

The Unimarket solution provides automated on-account ordering and invoice matching that streamlines payments to suppliers through an integration with the Department of Education’s SAP enterprise planning solution. Alternatively, users can opt to pay suppliers instantly, using an integrated payment gateway that facilitates p-card payments. This ability to make immediate payments reduces administrative overheads and makes the purchasing process much more efficient.

Unimarket is a fully scalable solution that works for suppliers of all sizes. They have the option to host and manage image-rich catalogs, or they can take advantage of full B2B integration with their e-commerce platforms for catalogs and order and invoice integration. They are also able to view and track payments through the platform.

“We are approaching the first anniversary following implementation, and the Unimarket solution has significantly improved the online catalog purchasing experience for staff,” said Andrea Patrick, Chief Procurement Officer at NSW Department of Education. “Unimarket worked in partnership with the Department to ensure we achieved the best outcome for our schools and scalability of the solution for use by other NSW Government agencies. We had a small team relative to the scale of this implementation who were focused and accountable - everyone did what they said they would and there was openness and transparency, which built trust."

“We take a strong partnership approach to all our implementations and it was exciting to work so closely with the highly capable team at NSW Department of Education,” said Unimarket CEO Peter Kane. “Our focus throughout was to listen and collaborate to ensure we designed and configured a solution that would meet their specific requirements.”

“At Unimarket, our purpose is to empower people to do their best work by helping them quickly and easily purchase the things they need and this inspired and shaped our approach throughout implementation of this project,” Kane continued. “By providing a straightforward, user-friendly, personalized purchasing experience, we’re helping teachers and support staff spend less time navigating complex processes and more time focused on what they do best – teaching students and preparing them for the future.”

About Unimarket
Unimarket is a leading provider of procurement software and services. Its simple and easy-to-use cloud-based solution brings together purchasing, invoicing, payments, contracts, sourcing, expenses, and a continuously growing supplier marketplace – all in one unified platform. Founded in 2005, Unimarket supports clients in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, spanning a range of industries including higher education, government, financial services, transport and logistics, and healthcare. For more information, visit unimarket.com or follow on Twitter @Unimarket, LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/unimarket, or Facebook at @UnimarketProcurement.

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Media contact: Courtney Allen, courtney.allen@unimarket.com, +64 9 218 6536.

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