Stationery and consumables
Stationery is one of the most difficult business overheads to cost accurately. You’ll have your staple office supplies that vary little from month to month – printer paper, ink cartridges and laser toner – and, with some care and attention during negotiation, these are relatively simple to manage.
Occasional items and irregular orders are where the good deal you think you’re getting from your stationery supplier goes south.
This happens for several reasons. Firstly, your first order with a new supplier may have been negotiated around those regular orders. So you achieve a reasonable discount. But the contract you sign seldom takes into account the exceptional and occasional stationery products. And if you think a discount on the RRP means you’re saving money, you’re sadly mistaken.
Nobody sells at RRP.
At Re:cost we use practised negotiation, extensive research, bulk buying power and thorough examination of your yearly stationery and consumables orders to ensure you get the best possible price on future supplies.
We also work with print management companies to achieve cost savings on printed materials such as letterheads and business cards.
We evaluate the use of compatible and OEM ink cartridges and toner cartridges to establish cost-effectiveness – to make sure that the value for money you think you are getting is what it should be.
The simple truth is that stationery and ink costs every company a significant amount of their profit margin. Managed correctly, more of your profit stays in your account.