You’ve negotiated a great deal on your office supplies.
Your supplier has cut prices to the bone on your core items of office supplies and you have negotiated substantial discounts on the rest of your purchases.
You’re happy with your deal as you have compared it against other suppliers and – on the face of it – it looks to be the best deal available, based on your perception of value and price competitiveness:
You have got the lowest prices and biggest savings when compared to other suppliers.
However, not all deals are the same! These two measures are often being manipulated by suppliers and what appears to be a great deal is actually costing you money!
This doesn’t make sense!
OK, I scratched my head on this as well!
When you look at the deal being offered it appears to be very straightforward.
So, this looks like a great deal and you’re thinking:
Well, I am getting a great deal with huge discounts and guaranteed prices on my core products. What’s the problem?
OK, the deal looks great, it looks as if you are saving money, but stop and think for a minute – how are these companies staying in business? They are offering you very low prices and very large discounts. How are they making a profit?
They will probably say that their buying power allows them to pass on the savings they make to you.
But is this the case?
What’s going on?
There has been a lot of independent research carried out over the last few years and over 15,000 products have been analysed when displayed in different suppliers catalogues (see appendix).
The results of this analysis show that many of the products displayed in some suppliers catalogues are considerably more expensive than the prices shown in our catalogue.
Our catalogue shows the manufacturers recommended retail price (as it should be). Some suppliers, unfortunately, are inflating the prices in their catalogues and ignore the manufacturers guidelines. This has a number of effects:
Unfortunately, this means that for anyone tasked with obtaining genuine savings on their office supplies its not just a question of finding the supplier with the largest discounts and lowest cost on the core products. You also need to establish which prices are being used in the suppliers catalogue.
I am – and I have worked in this industry for over 25 years!
Are you now worried :
Or are you not bothered – you think you’ve got the best deal and you’re not worried about a few pence difference in prices? Anyway, you can always search the internet if you want to find cheaper prices!
CP Office – an alternative approach!
At CP Office, like most other stationery companies, we can offer :
However, we also understand that:
We also realise that:
Time is your most precious commodity.
Your day is busy enough without having to worry about your business supplies – whether its running out of toner or paper for your printers, or the coffee, tea or biscuits for your meeting rooms or searching the internet for the unusual items requested by your M.D.
At CP Office we work WITH you to ensure that you get the best possible prices on all your business supplies – pens, paper, toners, catering, warehouse, furniture, printing and much more. We also take the hassle out of finding the unusual, weird or downright crazy items you might get asked to find.
We don’t just price a basket of goods and show you a total price. We will analyse your usage of the items and work out a precise savings package. Its not the lowest prices that are crucial, its how the low prices relate to your actual usage.
We realise it might seem a bit intrusive when we ask to see your previous suppliers invoices, but we can’t do a proper job without knowing your actual usage of supplies over a period of time.
Whether you’re wondering :
or you’re not that bothered, but you are concerned about wasting your time searching on the internet,
call us on:
0800 731 2682
to discuss saving money on your office supplies.
To view the ‘Analysis of Prices in Stationery Catalogues’ Click Here