The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic right now and for good reason. The explosive growth of internet-connected devices is disrupting nearly every aspect of how we live and work. Consider how many “smart” or “connected” devices or products that you use on a daily basis – for example smart home appliances, fitness trackers or connected vehicles.
We hear it every day: our customers still need more cost savings in the office supplies category. In a category that’s managed extremely well by Corporate United Category Lifecycle Management activities, it’s not always easy to find new opportunities for savings – but, it can be done!
Read through this informative infographic featuring the reasons why a taking a look at your office supplies program through a new lens may make a lot of sense for your enterprise.
Deloitte’s recent 2017 Global Chief Procurement Officer survey noted that enterprises remain focused on driving down costs and consolidating spend. Indirect spend categories are attracting more attention as companies recognize the important opportunities for savings they hold. As such, those folks tasked with managing indirect spend categories like office supplies and solutions face unique challenges.
It’s no secret that two main carriers dominate the market when it comes to small parcel shipping – UPS and FedEx hold a significant chunk of the market combined. Each year, the carriers evaluate their shipping rates and make adjustments for the coming year. What typically happens is that one carrier will announce its increases, and the other follows shortly after with similar modifications.
My new year’s resolution for 2017 was to be more environmentally conscious and actively observe the principals of reduce, reuse and recycle. Unlike resolutions of year’s past, I am sticking with this one. Three months in (I started early!) and I’ve proudly diverted more recyclable material away from the local landfill than I could have expected. I had no idea how much “single use” plastic and other recyclable packaging I used on a regular basis. I now only dispose of a small bag (made of recycled paper) about once per week, and if I had the space to compost I could probably cut that down even further. (My next goal!)
The breakroom is an area of the office that, maybe surprisingly, holds an opportunity to help procurement cut costs in a major way. In addition to helping improve productivity by giving employees a space to recharge throughout the day, the break room and the products you stock in it can help your organization reduce waste.
You could say that office furniture is having a big moment. Everyday new products emerge that are supposed to make employees happier and healthier, while also using company colors and graphics to drive brand awareness. In addition, the office furniture industry is facing some major changes:
You probably know that breakrooms are a great place to boost employee moral and give a positive impression to office visitors. But did you also know that the products you stock give your organization an opportunity to be more in touch with environmental concerns?