Online Paper Procurement — A Changing Landscape
Future plans for Clickpaper include expanding the product menu with additional financial risk management products, and additional physical pulp, paper, and wood products on a global basis.
Over the past year, Printnation has added several new features to its Website. The site now offers its customers the ability to purchase paper through Printnation's paper store, online outlet store and online auctions.
The online auction site features paper categories, with continually changing stock. Interested sellers and bidders can register for free to participate in all of Printnation's auctions. Customers can use their ID and password to bid on any item. The ID and password also allow sellers to post their offering on the auction site. Once an item is posted, sellers can check back with the site any time to track bidding, add new items or modify an existing listing.
The outlet, which offers discounts off original retail prices, features a regularly changing inventory of products. "This unique new marketplace will prove highly beneficial to printers and manufacturers alike," explains Tony Seba (who has since left the company). "Small- and medium-size printers can find exceptional values on top-quality products, while manufacturers will enjoy having an alternative channel for their excess inventory."
Also, Printnation has established regional warehouses in Chicago, Atlanta and Windsor, CT. The warehouses now enable clients that are east of the Mississippi River to receive their paper orders within one or two days. Customers shopping the Printnation paper store will have access to regional paper catalogs based on their location. After entering a ZIP code, customers can shop a wide range of paper products available from their closest paper fulfillment center. Printnation customers do not have to meet minimum purchase requirements. The selection of paper at Printnation reportedly has paper for nearly every printing need.
Paper.about.com is part of the larger Website About.com, which bills itself as the "human Internet."