Corporate Express Base Case

By Sean Gallagher  |  Posted 2002-07-10 Print this article Print

How much can a company save by consolidating servers? For Corporate Express, a much-needed $3.6 million.

Corporate Express Base Case

Headquarters: 1 Environmental Way, Broomfield, CO 80021

Phone: (303) 664-2000

Business: The world's largest business-to-business supplier of office products, with 52 distribution centers worldwide

Chief Information Officer: Monty Sooter

Financials in 2001 (for Buhrmann NV as a whole, of which Corporate Express is a wholly owned subsidiary): $9.3 billion in sales, $49 million net income

Challenge: Slash operating expenses and integrate the operations of more than 700 regional operations acquired through mergers and acquisitions

Baseline Goals:

  • Reduce data-center yearly operating costs by 50%
  • Increase e-commerce to 30% of total sales by end of this year

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    Sean Gallagher is editor of Ziff Davis Internet's enterprise verticals group. Previously, Gallagher was technology editor for Baseline, before joining Ziff Davis, he was editorial director of Fawcette Technical Publications' enterprise developer publications group, and the Labs managing editor of CMP's InformationWeek. A former naval officer and former systems integrator, Gallagher lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

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