With the rising cost of living that we are currently experiencing; many people and companies are doing everything they can to reduce the money they spend. Companies can often save significantly on the products they purchase regularly, but they often choose the easy approach, which costs them more money. Shopping around for the consumables that your business requires may help you make significant savings and help to reduce the pressure that these worrying times cause. Below are some tips to help you get started and save money for your business, hopefully making it more profitable.
Speak With Each Department
You will want to speak with each department of your business and have them create a shopping list of the consumables they order each month, so you know what you need to get. There also might be items that you order less frequently, but you will want to include them on your list. You can end up with a wide and varied list of consumables, from thermal inkjet ink to toilet paper and paperclips. Once you have received the lists from all departments, you can then start breaking everything down and putting things in lists which you can get from the same supplier. Once this task is complete, you can start shopping around for everything you need and see how much money your business can potentially save.
Looking At The Different Suppliers
You will want to look at shopping for many products at a time so you do not get confused, and you can easily search online to find suppliers of what you need. Look at as many suppliers as possible and ensure you check the prices of the products you need, the lead times, and also how much they charge for delivery. One way to compare the costs between different suppliers is to add everything you need to a basket and look at the total cost without checking out. Add the delivery cost to the total, and you can see how much it will cost from each supplier, and which one offers the best value for money.
Look At Accepted Payment Methods
You will also want to look at each supplier’s payment terms and select one that is suitable for your business. You may want to open a credit account, but this can take some time, and you may have to pay for the first couple of orders before they offer you credit. You can choose a company with your preferred payment methods, but before placing your order, you will first want to read the terms and conditions.
Reading The Small Print
Many people rush into purchases without reading the company’s terms and conditions, which can be a mistake. You will want to take the few minutes it takes to read and understand the terms and conditions of the supplier, so you are aware of your rights as a consumer. Once you are happy and understand the terms and conditions, and are willing to accept them, you can place your order and hopefully save your company some money during these challenging economic times.