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thinkChildcare makes your everyday purchasing decisions cheaper, easier, faster & more secure.

Get access to a full range of pre-negotiated everyday purchases at great prices – all in one online platform available, anytime, anywhere.




160 Child Care Centres, servicing 15,000 children … 1 platform.

think has delivered Affinity a single platform for all its sites to purchase from.

The simplicity of think along with a strong focus on the Child Care Sector has delivered tremendous results for Affinity in a very short time frame.

Affinity Education Group owns and operates more than 150 Lifelong Learning Centres throughout Australia within a professional network of early childcare brand groups.


Affinity’s procurement process was heavily paper based, which was costly and prone to errors. Compounding the challenges was the issue of having more than 160 sites across different geographical locations. Affinity also needed to address issues relating to workflow approval, ensuring the various sites were paying the contracted pricing and purchasing from quality accredited suppliers.

As a result Affinity had no central source for real time reporting which caused additional workloads for area managers needing to optimise performance within their territory. Additionally, the Accounts Payable team would need to actively follow up individual locations for Invoices of the goods they received – this was an unnecessary waste of both time and internal resources.


Affinity implemented think’s Switch-on Plus product across all sites as well as their QLD Head Office.

The initial benefits included single sign-on access to all staff, reduced maverick spend, more efficient internal processes, central approvals and audit trails, reduced back office costs and errors as well as increased spend visibility and granularity.

what we deliver

Cost Savings

purchase better, purchase faster

Pre-negotiated product range to deliver you up to 30% savings on the average market price from a huge selection of everyday purchases

  • Bring your own suppliers & catalogues to maintain contracted pricing
  • Access our expert procurement team and buying power to achieve direct savings on your everyday purchases
  • An extensive network of trusted suppliers (and growing) to deliver you the best value on an ongoing basis
  • A fully integrated payment gateway to deliver immediate efficiencies on transaction processing cost
Cost Savings

more time running your business

A single convenient platform accessible 24/7, anytime, anywhere – more time running your business, and less time running after suppliers

  • Tailored automation of purchasing & approval workflows – for quicker and simpler transaction process for all parties
  • Enhanced user experience, with an intuitive front & back end that minimises the need for drawn out training
  • think automates all tasks in the Procure-To-Pay (P2P) workflow – reducing your overall transaction handling costs
  • think’s platform technology and integration capability fast track any deployment meaning you hit the ground running


Cost Savings

track every step of the process

think keeps track of every step in the purchasing process – providing you real-time audit trails, built in reporting and customisable data extracts

  • think experts enable you to better understand your indirect spend against your peers – providing industry benchmarks and attainable goals
  • Achieve business insights through Integrated dashboards and transaction history – driving better spend analysis & purchasing behaviours
  • Get back the control of your spending and work within authorities and workflows – catering for businesses of all sizes and complexities, from micro to large businesses
  • Easily integrates with commonly used accounting software systems and provides built-in reporting
Cost Savings

highest standard PCI compliance

Highest standard PCI compliant payment gateways used by banks around the world, for your peace of mind


  • think’s internal payments capability ensures the integrity of its records and deter and detect fraud quickly – reducing the risk of payments fraud
  • Reduce the risk of fraud and unauthorised spending by controlling the suppliers you deal with
  • Eliminate the need for petty cash and staff purchasing cards, therefore reducing wastage and unnecessary cash on premises


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