Office supplies may seem a minor expense compared to other costs of running a business, but companies in the US spend around $200 per employee every year. Law firms spend around $1000 per employee every year! Irrespective of the size of your company, without careful planning you could end up spending a sizeable percentage of your expenses on office stationery and supplies. Here are some tips to help you spend frugally and consciously:
Avoid Last Minute Purchases:
Part of efficient stationery management is to ensure that there are enough supplies. Office stationery and other supplies tend to be most expensive when it's a last minute purchase. If you aren't sure about restocking, speak to one of our specialists - we can help you maintain a regular supply and ensure that your office supplies are replenished regularly.
Buy in Bulk:
Buying in bulk gives you better bargaining power. It also allows you place few orders, thus saving money on delivery. Work with suppliers offering wholesale prices on bulk purchases.
Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce:
One billion trees worth of paper is wasted every year in the US alone. The wood saved by preventing this wastage could help us heat around 50,000,000 homes for 20 years! Encourage your staff to go paperless and help them reuse materials in an affordable way. Reusing materials not only saves you money but its eco-friendly as well.
Shopping for office supplies online has many benefits. For one, you don't have to waste time and money traveling to and from the store. You also get to compare prices on frequently purchased items. Look for dealers who are willing to offer great deals and free delivery for purchases.
Stay Loyal to Your Supplier:
Repeat business is beneficial to both, the supplier as well as the buyer. For example, we honor repeat customers with special discounts and offers. Some of these are offered directly to customers and sometimes advertised through our newsletters.
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