Unisource Launches uADVANTAGE(TM) Paper Procurement Program for Corporations

Unisource-and-Cirqit Partnership Delivers a Complete Solution to Set the New Standards for Automation, Control and Value

Dec 10, 2008, 08:00 ET from Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

NORCROSS, Ga., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading distributors of paper, packaging and facility supplies in North America, has announced the launch of its uADVANTAGE(TM) solution, targeted primarily at the corporate end-user market.

The uADVANTAGE(TM) client-managed procurement solution provides corporations with the capabilities to organize and manage total paper volume, create brand standards, and partner with paper manufacturers. In addition, the uADVANTAGE(TM) solution brings visibility and control to print and paper procurement -- a significant cost category at nearly all large corporations -- while producing substantial bottom-line savings.

"Our strong partnerships and powerful network of mill relationships provide the broadest possible access for corporate purchasers looking to develop contacts with leading paper manufacturers from around the world," said Ken Winterhalter, President, Sales, for Unisource Worldwide, Inc. "uADVANTAGE(TM) combines specialized capabilities for obtaining forms, commercial, financial, and direct mail papers in a seamless and integrated procurement solution with a centralized customer service model. For corporate end-users, this means establishing, maintaining and managing their paper procurement programs have never been easier," said Winterhalter.

Unisource's uADVANTAGE(TM) solution will utilize an e-Procurement platform -- powered by Cirqit, a leader in Web-based print procurement technology -- to automate and control corporate print and paper procurement programs. Unisource and Cirqit have partnered together to develop this new solution for corporations.

In addition to providing the ability to manage the entire print procurement process, the technology powering uADVANTAGE(TM) links buyers and suppliers to Unisource, creating a seamlessly integrated workflow. The Unisource-and-Cirqit partnership also offers the only fully automated solution in the corporate market to address the full life cycle of paper within the print sourcing and procurement processes.

"The uADVANTAGE(TM) paper procurement solution will provide corporate end-users with advanced capabilities to effectively manage all facets of their in-house paper programs," said Winterhalter. "I'm pleased that Unisource and Cirqit were able to combine our strengths to bring this outstanding value proposition to the marketplace."

"Unisource is the market leader in delivering innovative paper solutions directly to corporations. By integrating Cirqit's procurement technology into the uADVANTAGE(TM) solution, corporations will be able to access the most compelling sourcing and paper procurement solution that has ever been brought to market," said David Schroeder, Chief Operating Officer of Cirqit.

Unisource is uniquely positioned to support the requirements of the most demanding client-managed corporate paper procurement programs. With more than 10 million square feet of warehouse space, approximately 85 distribution facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and one of the largest private trucking fleets in the country, Unisource has the capability to service and support the largest corporations.

For more information on Unisource Paper products, please visit www.unisourcelink.com, or contact Unisource at 1-800-UNISOURCE.

About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (www.unisourcelink.com) is a leading independent marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business imaging papers, packaging systems and facility supplies and equipment in North America. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Unisource is one of the largest private companies in the United States and offers the most comprehensive suite of products and services in the industry. With approximately 6,000 team members -- including sales, customer service and technical support specialists; approximately 85 distribution centers; and a fleet of "Big Red" trucks -- Unisource can deliver what your business needs when and where you want it -- locally, regionally and nationally.

About Cirqit, Inc.

Cirqit, Inc., (www.cirqit.com) is a leading provider of procurement technology and outsourcing services for printed materials. Founded in 1999, Cirqit is headquartered in Whippany, N.J., and has offices throughout Latin America. Cirqit offers a complete solution to organizations focused on delivering control, efficiency and cost savings to the print category.

SOURCE Unisource Worldwide, Inc.