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Guy Brown, AP&T are official office supply vendors; attend Office Supply Expo July 25

Jul. 17, 2012, 4:42 PM



Vanderbilt Procurement Services has launched new multi-year agreements for office supplies with Guy Brown and American Paper & Twine, effective now.

Over the past several months, the university has been engaged in sourcing and negotiation efforts to obtain the best possible combination of pricing and service for the entire Vanderbilt University community. As a result, a contract was awarded to Guy Brown for printer ink and toner cartridges and general office products, including selected categories of office furniture, and a separate contract was awarded to American Paper & Twine for copy paper.

Enhanced Service Offerings

The new agreements will enhance the level of services currently provided to Vanderbilt in a number of ways, including the addition of dedicated sales representation; availability of OfficeMax retail discount programs for faculty, staff, students and alumni for personal purchases; price matching; expanded programs to support sustainability; and extensive new budgeting and reporting capabilities. Key services to be continued include dedicated delivery personnel; customized toner recycling with charitable donation incentives; dedicated customer service representation; and next-day delivery of all products.

Significant Price Savings

These new contracts will provide you with significantly reduced prices on many of the most commonly used office products.

  • 20 percent average price reduction for copy paper
  • 13 percent average price reduction for printer ink and toner cartridges
  • 36 percent average price reduction for general office products

Office Supplies Expo

To showcase these new programs and many new products and services now available to us, Procurement Services is sponsoring an Office Supplies Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the Light Hall lobby. The expo also will feature refreshments offered by some of Vanderbilt’s approved caterers.

Saved Favorites in eProcurement

To ensure that departments receive the lowest and most accurate prices on their products, please be sure to update the prices of all Guy Brown items contained in your Favorites list. If you currently have copy paper items from Guy Brown in your eProcurement Favorites list, please remove and replace with selections from American Paper & Twine’s linked catalog site.

About Guy Brown

Based in Brentwood, Tenn., Guy Brown is an award-winning, certified Minority Women Business Enterprise supplying office supplies to Vanderbilt University since 2003. Their strategic alliance with OfficeMax provides Guy Brown the capability to support any national organization in meeting their next-day delivery needs for thousands of products. For more information, visit

About American Paper & Twine

American Paper & Twine, a Nashville-based Veteran Owned Small Business, has been a supplier to Vanderbilt University for more than 86 years. Perhaps best known within Vanderbilt as a supplier of janitorial products, American Paper & Twine is a major supplier of copy paper for many of the largest institutions in Tennessee. For more information, visit

Contact: Edward Kinney, (615) 343-3606