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Trade Interchange’s ARCUS® supplier management software enables sustainability professionals within the publishing sector to request and collect large amounts of information to verify the evidence of sustainable practices and certifications from potential suppliers and the products they supply. Examples of information include sustainability policies, environmental policies and certificates, evidence of membership of organisations such as the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), or suppliers’ policies on recycled plastic.


  • Automate supplier on-boarding with no re-keying of data required.
  • Full visibility across sourcing, supplier relationships and products in a single platform.
  • Cloud-based central repository for supplier information and documentation at a supplier, manufacturing site and product level.
  • Bi-directional approval workflows increase efficiency of supplier approvals and management.
  • Protect brand reputation and manage supplier risk.
  • Software as a Service platform removing the need for onsite servers and equipment.

Confidence in supplier management for sustainability professionals in the publishing industry

ARCUS® supplier management software, hosted in the cloud by Trade Interchange, has been proven to work in multiple industries, including the publishing sector, and delivers supply base confidence for companies like Haymarket and Springer Nature through a streamlined solution.

As more and more industries look to increase the sustainable practices they employ cloud-based supplier management solutions such as ARCUS® can not only play a direct part in increasing the sustainable practices, they can help identify and verify suppliers with sustainable practices and products.

ARCUS® is deployed as a Software as a Service solution meaning that the only hardware required is an internet-enabled device, whether that be a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. There are no servers for IT to deploy and therefore no increased electricity costs for powering and cooling the physical servers. ARCUS® can help you ensure the products you are buying meet your sustainability requirements, for example, purchasing stationery which includes pens made from recycled plastic or bio-degradable materials and FSC-certificated paper.

The ARCUS® platform is comprised of eight modules which help you pre-qualify and select suppliers using online tenders, and negotiate with suppliers using online software, ensuring the best market value can be achieved.

Organisations can collect and manage supplier information, including sustainability credentials and certifications, using ARCUS® Supplier Information Management (SIM), before contracting with the approved supplier using the centralised contract data repository in ARCUS® Supplier Contract Management (SCM). ARCUS® Supplier Performance Management (SPM) can be deployed to track and evaluate the performance of suppliers against configurable KPIs.

ARCUS® Product Information Management (PIM) enables organisations to collect and manage detailed product technical specifications. Every stage of the process is performed  using cloud-based technology and includes electronic contract signature capabilities removing the need for paperwork and paper trails across multiple sites.

Providing a complete end-to-end supplier management solution for the publishing sector, the ARCUS® platform includes eight individual modules that can be implemented standalone, in any combination or in any order that can be categorised into three separate families; ARCUS® Source, ARCUS® Supply and ARCUS® Product.


ARCUS® SIM is a central platform for collecting, storing and managing supplier data, that helps reduce the risk to brand and ensure supplier compliance.


ARCUS® SCM centralises contract data, standardises processes and automates tasks to improve the efficiency of managing, approving and renewing contracts.


ARCUS® SPM is an advanced scorecard that allows users to track and evaluate the performance of suppliers against corporate SLAs and KPIs, helping to identify risk and non-compliance and maximise supplier value.


ARCUS® SSM maps the various stages of your current or planned strategic purchasing processes, improving efficiency, increasing visibility, reducing bottlenecks and ensuring best practice.


ARCUS® eRFX is an online tendering tool used to pre-qualify current or potential suppliers, ensuring selected suppliers are qualified and able to deliver the necessary products or services.


Using ARCUS® eAUC, pre-qualified suppliers are invited to online negotiations using the auction type best suited to the business’s needs or goals, achieving best market value without comprising on quality.


ARCUS® PIM automates the process for collecting detailed information about supplier products, while providing a shared view and process for all departments. This ensures product data is accurate and approved by all relevant stakeholders.


ARCUS® NPD centralises new product development information, standardises processes and automates tasks to improve the efficiency of new product development from concept through to sale.

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Take a look at these resources to find out how ARCUS® supplier management software has benefited sustainability professionals in the publishing industry.

Springer Nature

“The questionnaire is very intuitive, and suppliers found it easy to use from day one. Suppliers and agents are filling them in themselves, which reduces administrative work on our side.”

Charlie Thelu, Head of Strategic Sourcing, Springer Nature

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Case Study

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With over 100 care and nursing homes across the United Kingdom, and a strong focus on efficiency, quality service and compliance, Four Seasons Health Care is always keen to implement robust systems in all areas of the business.

The company has a large and complex supply base, with a raft of supplier data, performance metrics and contractual documents that need to be gathered, stored and continuously maintained to ensure compliance. This was a manual process which required lots of time and effort.

Trade Interchange’s ARCUS® software has provided Four Seasons Health Care with a complete solution to better manage its suppliers, sourcing and purchasing processes.

Do you face similar difficulties in your business? Download the case study to find out how ARCUS® supplier management software delivered supply base confidence through a streamlined solution for Four Seasons Health Care.

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