Reseller partner NWN Corporation, a national IT integrator formerly known as Western Blue, was awarded the new printer contract by the State of California Department of General Services. The contract provides new Samsung printers and offers a recycling program for State agencies for the next three to five years. See contract details here.
Samsung and NWN developed a program that focused on cost savings and energy-efficient features, winning against 14 competing bids. The contract is mandatory for State Agencies and available to all local governments, public educational institutions and special districts throughout California.
"At NWN our mission is to help our customers solve business problems through technology,” said Matt Niemann, vice president of strategic contracts for NWN. “We have a 28 year history with meeting and exceeding the State of California’s standards for technical, service and small business related issues. Combined with our long-standing relationship with Samsung we were able to develop a partnership that will help solve not only business problems for the State of California, but economic and environmental issues as well."
Samsung and NWN are removing, recycling and replacing old printers over the next three years with new, more energy-efficient Samsung printers for all state agencies with models such as the mono chrome laser ML-3712ND and the color laser CLP-775ND.
All printers come with smart solutions, such as built-in enhanced security and solution functionality, managed print services and Samsung’s Mobile Print App, which allows for quick printing from a mobile device.
Samsung printers are also designed for easy use with easy-to-change toner and drums, easy-to-install accessories, easy-to-navigate color touch screens and intuitive design, and are smaller, lighter and quieter.
In addition, Samsung and NWN are implementing a system that tracks spent toner cartridges. Using a bar code and tracking system, Samsung is able to keep track of all cartridges in order to encourage their recovery and reuse by tracking both the number of used cartridges received as well as the disposition of the returns. Samsung and NWN will then ensure proper end-of-life management for toner cartridges that can no longer be reused for their original intended purpose.
Aligning with additional state requirements, Samsung and NWN have incorporated a number of eco-friendly elements into their program:
"At Samsung, we pride ourselves on developing products and solutions that enhance the usability and performance of technology while being cost-effective and environmentally friendly,” said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America. “We feel very fortunate to be able to work with NWN to help deliver on our mutual promise of environmental and fiscal responsibility to the State of California."