Top Tips for Selecting an Office Supply Vendor – Part 1
Every day office supplies are the basic tools that most of us rely on to get our jobs done day to day.
Employees, from the order takers and admin assistants to the executives, all know that office supplies are an essential office commodity that support efficient and effective operations.
Pens, paper (printer, copy, photo, stickies, calendars, notebooks, daytimers, markers aka hi-liters etc.), stationery (letterhead, envelopes, envelopes and more envelopes), staplers and staples, paper punches, paper clips, scissors, paper cutters, printer toner, janitorial and cleaning products and breakroom supplies…
As much as we take them for granted, office supplies and furniture comprise a surprisingly large part of every firm’s expenses, regardless of the company size. The smaller the firm, the higher the cost and United Stationers reports that offices with one to four employees spend up to $1,844 per employee on office supplies, computer consumables, tech equipment, furniture and janitorial and breakroom products. Mid-size firms spend about $1,069 per employee and offices with more than 200 employees tend to spend the least at $639 per employee.
Select the right office supply vendor and your firm will:
Before you commit to an office supply vendor, you need to look at and weigh each of these factors:
First and foremost, a good office supply vendor carries at least 50,000 different items, offering branded and generic products, which can save your firm 10 to 70 per cent over name brands. Ideally, the vendor offers everything from office supplies to electronic accessories, furniture and fixtures and breakroom and janitorial products, so that your firm can place larger orders with fewer vendors.
Most office supply vendors carry the same or similar products, which makes it incredibly easy to compare prices on the items you use the most with vendors’ websites and catalogues.
Once you’ve identified the most cost-effective vendor find out about:
Pricing Strategies/Deceptive Pricing Strategies
Be sure that the price you see is the price you’ll pay.
After carefully assessing these factors, there are several additional issues that must be considered before you negotiate the terms that meet your needs and sign the contract.
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You’ll find additional insights in part two of our blog post on selecting your office supply vendor.
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