Most office workers see office supplies as an essential office commodity they need to operate efficiently, effectively and comfortably.
That’s why we regularly stock over 50,000 SKUs in our warehouses across Canada. They are the items that our customers consistently search for at store.shopeveryday.ca and consistently order online.
With our wide selection of office supplies, it’s clear that employees in today’s high-tech office still can’t live without:
Modern offices still require everyday office supplies and as far as most office workers are concerned, they’re the basic tools of whatever trade they happen to ply day to day.
Yes, most of us do rely far more heavily on electronic technology than the so-called old school tools to get the job done, but we still want our paper, pens, pencils and highlighters and staplers and paper clips.
In fact, as much as they’re a part of the daily routine and their use has become a habit, we also go back to them again and again simply because we like the look and more importantly, the feel of them. There is something very appealing about being able to actually hold something in our increasingly digital, screen-bound world.
Most of us couldn’t imagine working without at least some paper and the many related products, yet, no matter where you work and regardless of the sector that employs you, you’re familiar with the term paperless office.
The arrival of the paperless office has been heralded as imminent for decades now.
In fact, more than 40 years ago, waaay back in 1975, in an article on “an in-depth analysis of how word processing will reshape the corporate office” in BusinessWeek magazine, an analyst at Arthur D. Little Inc. predicted paper would be in decline by 1980 and virtually extinct by 1990.
Feel free to LOL now!
While George E. Pake, then head of Xerox Corp.’s Palo Alto Research Center, envisioned a world without “hard copy” – we’re so not there yet.
Are we even close? Probably, most likely – NOT!
In early 2016, Technavio released its report on the global office stationery and supply market from 2015 to 2019 and announced that due to demand from nations such as Canada, the U.S. and others, the market would exceed $US2 billion by 2019.That’s due in large part to demand for computer and printer supplies in addition to packaging innovations and a focus on greening office stationery and supplies, including sticky tape and sticky notes.
An IBISWorld report on Office Stationery Wholesaling in Canada reports the market is currently worth $4 billion with annual growth of .1% and about 7,872 employees.
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Xerox conducted the “Digitization at Work” survey on the use of digital tools and practices. Yes, the very same Xerox that originally manufactured then introduced the office photocopier in 1959. The company whose name Xerox became a generic noun used to describe a paper copy and a verb (to Xerox) that was applied to the act of photocopying although the firm actively fought it becoming a genericized trademark.
“Digitization at Work” found that of the 600 IT decision-makers and influencers at large Canadian, U.S. and Western European organizations, 55% admit their organizations’ processes are still largely or entirely paper-based. As well 29% still communicate with end customers via paper rather than email or social channels. Just 10% are paperless across the board. While most documents originate on a computer, tablet or smart phone, Canadian respondents told Xerox researchers that they still print documents for hard copy reference (69%), signatures (65%) and sharing (48%).
Xerox’s head of workflow automation Andy Jones said their research revealed: “There are so many work practices and attitudes that are ingrained in how companies work,” which makes it surprisingly difficult for older, larger companies to change. When John Shane, an analyst at InfoTrends asked respondents why they did the 40% of printing that wasn’t absolutely necessary for their job, the most common answer was simply that they “liked paper.”
According to data from Recycling 101, An Urban Impact Recycling Ltd. educational program, the average Canadian office worker generates about 73 kg of waste annually of which about 80% is paper –12,000 sheets of it!
So there you have it, most of us still find paper and everything associated with it absolutely awesome and couldn’t imagine a day in the office without it.
How do we know?
First and foremost, at Every Day Office Supplies Inc., our sales reports prove it!
We’re still selling paper and the infinite variety of products associated with it to customers in retail, manufacturing, real estate development, property management, logistics, industry associations and more.
Here’s just one more example:
As much as we all store everything from documents to email and photographs on our computers, we still sell an astonishing number of filing cabinets, hanging folders, file folders and the little plastic identifier tags and labels.
More to the point – out of all of Every Day Office Supplies’ customers – just one company is truly paperless.
It’s pretty simple – we offer approximately 50,000 SKUS across these categories because people want to buy them for employees to use:
Here at Every Day Office Supplies Inc., we find paper and the infinite number of related products fascinating because of what we can do with them.
Believe it or not, a three-person Dutch collective called We Make Carpets actually creates intricate, colorful and incredibly creative “carpet” installations out of every day office supplies such as elastic bands and paper clients.
Actually – we can – but that’s not what we mean at all.
We get passionate about what we can do with Every Day Office Supplies Inc. to manage costs in a way that benefits our customer’s bottom line, streamlines the purchasing and delivery process and adds value.
Our founder Kalyn Carter quit her dream job as an HR assistant with a fashion retailer shortly after being asked to order office supplies to start Every Day Office Supplies.
No one – not one single person – believed her when she told them their supplier’s great deal was in fact a big fat rip-off.
She explained that she knew the office supply industry because she’d learned from her father who’d been an office supply lifer.
Today, Kalyn puts insider information, common sense and creativity to work to get clients the results they need.
As Kalyn herself puts it: “There is always a way and usually a better way to get it done!”
Kalyn and her crew are here to help you find the specialty coffee your staff can’t live without, source the executive chair that keeps your c-suite team as comfortable and impressed as possible, creates the online “Favourites List” with the correct codes and accurate descriptions to save you five or more hours weekly and stockpiles the specialty cookies your staff happy dances about during break time.
We offer services that protect your valuable time and budget:
Office, retail and commercial real estate markets have a significant impact on the sales of offices supplies, office furniture, breakroom products, janitorial and cleaning supplies.
Here’s what we know about the state of the office supplies market:
Technavio reports that the global office stationery and supply market will be worth more than $US2 billion by 2019:
Now let’s look at what’s happening in the various real estate sectors Canada-wide as it speaks to the state of our country’s economy as well as the number of employees and office/administrative spaces requiring office supplies, office furniture, breakroom supplies, cleaning and janitorial products:
As of summer 2016, real estate brokerage CBRE reports that Toronto has the lowest office vacancy rate (less than 5%) of any major centre in North America, including Boston, midtown Manhattan and San Francisco, despite the more than 4.4 million sq. ft. of new office space built in Toronto’s downtown core between 2013 and 2015.
Paul Morassutti, vice-president and executive managing director of real estate brokerage, CBRE, says:
“We had an entire demographic of millennials who really wanted to work and live in downtown Toronto and the tenants and the office developers followed that wave.”
The PwC report “Emerging Trends in Real Estate – Canada and the United States 2016” notes that:
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