Much has changed in the workplace over the past several years. A number of factors are driving change in everything from corporate culture to the physical setup of offices. Younger generations enter the workforce and bring a desire for collaboration and flexible workplaces. Sustainability efforts have become increasingly important for many organizations. New technology is enabling a more flexible work environment and increased interactivity among co-workers.
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.
On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they will attempt to block the acquisition of Office Depot, Inc. by Staples, Inc. Are you wondering what this means? Or, what has happened so far, and what will happen in the future?
As the “green” trend continues to soar, our membership is often influenced to review alternative fiber paper options, specifically wheat paper. By comparing and contrasting alternative fiber papers to traditional paper, Office Depot’s paper manufacturer, Boise Paper, has been able to provide some valuable information surrounding the issue.
Most procurement departments are familiar with running an office products Request For Proposal (RFP), especially the time, effort and resources required. Years of running RFPs may give a company confidence that they are putting in place an effective office supplies contract with negotiated savings. However, hidden costs are not always uncovered with an Office Products RFP.