First Transpennine Express set to review printing contract
January 1, 2012 by Gareth
Train operator First Transpennine Express is set to review the arrangements it has for printing its on-board magazine.
The magazine, titled Explorer, is currently published by Seven, an agency that specialises in content strategy. However, First Transpennine Express is set to put the printing of the magazine out to tender in a contract that is set to run from February 2012 through until March 2014.
This news comes as many companies are reviewing their current arrangements for printing, contractors and suppliers. This may be for a number of reasons, but in the current economic climate these reasons are often related to cost control. Many smaller local print companies may be able to offer a more cost-effective bespoke solution than can be offered by a large, impersonal printing company.
Bolton, Manchester, the North East and the Lake District are all serviced by First Transpennine Express trains and around 40,000 copies of Explorer magazine are distributed across these services three times each year, using full colour printing. The magazine has features on routes that are operated by the company alongside tourist information and general information. For example, there may be features on a summer festival in Manchester or an exhibition in Sheffield, alongside safety and journey information.
The printing contract is worth up to £350,000 and lasts for two years; companies who wish to be part of the tender process for the printing of Explorer magazine are asked to express interest to First Transpennine Express by 17th January 2012.