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How the International School of London helped its teachers ﬁnd more time for teaching with Smart Buying.
Before switching to Amazon Business, teachers at the International School of London (ISL) had to dedicate a significant amount of time to manual purchasing. This meant hours a week flicking through physical catalogues, filling in purchasing forms and chasing sign-off from department heads and finance teams.
In March 2023, the organisation took action to get time back for teaching, and brought its purchasing process under a single umbrella with Amazon Business to:
“We had two key priorities in adopting Amazon Business: using technology to streamline the purchasing of learning materials, and giving time back to our educators. It’s ultimately all been about supporting the teaching and learning. That’s why we’re here! With Amazon Business, we’ve approximately halved the steps that we need to take to make a purchase, so from an educator’s point of view it’s a much easier process,” says Joris Deckers, IT and Operations Officer, ISL Group.
With Amazon Business, ISL has moved from manual purchasing across multiple physical catalogues, to a single, digitised process with access to thousands of sellers. Where educators previously had to seek in-person sign-off from department leaders, the process is now paper-free, with leaders able to approve requests at the click of a button on single ordering account.
“With Amazon Business, we’ve approximately halved the steps that we need to take to make a purchase, so from an educator’s point of view it’s a much easier process.”
— Joris Deckers, IT and Operations Officer, ISL Group
Previously, purchasing was done in two ways: teachers had to expense purchases from personal Amazon accounts back to the organisation, or ISL’s finance teams had to manually order items requested by teachers, inputting a printed-out landing page url into the browser. Now, teachers can browse the shared Amazon Business account and submit purchases for sign-off in just two clicks, giving them the freedom to purchase materials they need from thousands of sellers when they need them.
ISL’s number one priority is to support its educators to provide better learning opportunities to its students. The efficiencies achieved through Amazon Business have allowed it to do exactly that, freeing up the time previously spent on lengthy purchasing processes so educators can focus on what they do best: educating.