Just how much does the Scottish public sector need to invest in toner and cartridges in a day? Circa ₤ 5,000 if a current tender notice is anything to go by.
In a move that represents the evident impact of Covid-19 on all walks of life, the Scottish government has been required to extend a ₤40 million structure deal for computer consumables.
As the original deal, checked in 2016 with Banner Group, was due to come to a close in September this year, the firm in charge of the agreement has chosen to extend it rather than attempt to acquire again.
” The requirement for modification has been produced by scenarios which the contracting authority might not have foreseen connecting to emerging priorities in relation to Covid-19 work,” the tender notification stated.
As a result, the agreement has been extended by 5 months without competition, at an expense of ₤750,000, or ₤150 k a month, or roughly ₤ 5,000 daily.
In addition to toner cartridges, the framework consists of ink cartridges, CDs, something called digital versatile disks (DVDs), flash memory, and flash memory storage devices.
Who gets through so much toner and ink – and, er, flash drives?
The huge ink vendors have seen profits run dry over the last few years. A few more hard copies of East Renfrewshire Council meeting minutes will undoubtedly keep the tough pressed print vendors’ coffers flowing. ®