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Supplier efficiency – are you wasting your time?

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As if you don’t have enough to do in your role, the trials and tribulations of dealing with multiple suppliers is a headache that you could do without. But it’s all just part of the job, right? Wrong. Take the time in the short-term to find a professional supplier that can offer you multiple services and see significant long-term benefits – just one of which being fewer headaches!

In an increasingly fast-paced working world, if there was one commodity that we could all do with more of, it’s time. Your time is limited – and it’s precious; just think of how much more you could be getting on with if you didn’t need to fuss over maintaining relationships with multiple suppliers, dealing with the issues that arise with each and having to stay on top of what’s due and when. You could actually have the opportunity to step back and assess the bigger picture, taking back control over your role and focusing on moving your business forward. You could work with your team more, work on that strategy you’ve had on the back-burner for who knows how long and, generally, place your focus on the things that really matter. A multiple service supplier can offer you the chance to do just that. As the leading hygiene services provider in the UK, Ireland and Spain, phs has a network giving full coverage to a population of more than 100 million, and are on hand to help wherever you are. Find out here how phs can help reduce your day-to-day administration commitment as well as your financial costs.

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We’ve all been guilty of it at some point or another; buying the odd supply here and another there. We’ve all had to run to the closest shop to pick up toilet paper or hand wash. Sometimes, no matter how well we plan, we can’t avoid this; it’s simply a part of working in a busy industry. But working with multiple suppliers can often add to this random approach; you run out of things with one supplier whilst you’re getting a new batch of something else from another. It’s difficult to manage and stay organised when working in this way – and it’s even more difficult to manage the costs. Working with one supplier for multiple services ensures that you know exactly what you’ll be needing and when. Being left without basic items like toilet tissue, soap or paper towels to dry your hands is not a pleasant experience and gives a poor impression of the business that runs that washroom. It can leave visitors feeling embarrassed, inconvenienced and frustrated. It is also a health risk and can result in dirty, unhygienic washrooms that pose a threat to customers’ and staff’s well-being. phs contracts are designed to take away the hassle of re-ordering stock and negotiating lower prices. We automatically dispatch what you need, when you need it, at a fixed price for three years, so you can get on with running your business. Click here to learn more about our contracted consumables service.

An office supplier should be invisible in many ways; you shouldn’t realise that mats have been cleaned and replaced and soap dispensers have been filled. Your time at work is spent spinning plates ensuring staff morale is high, customers are happy and productivity is high. Everything running like clockwork. The best workplace service providers are those that are nationally renowned, but retain local bases with the local knowledge to accompany that. Companies with regional depots are also able to provide faster response times in case of emergencies. phs are in every geographical area and because we’re Next door. Everywhere, we are on hand to help wherever you are. Our team of 3,000 expert personnel provides services to 90,000 customers at more than 300,000 locations, so wherever you are, we have a local depot on standby ready to help.

It's fair to suggest that your business wants to continue expanding – and the added work and commitment needed to do this means you shouldn’t be chasing suppliers or finding alternative solutions. What use is a company that fails to keep up with your own in terms of scale? A competent supplier should be able to grow as quickly as your needs.

Versatility is a large and important part of a supplier role. Replacement toilet supplies may well be quite a regular purchase but replacement welcome mats or safely disposing of sharps bins could be far rarer. There is a comfort to be had from knowing that one organisation can deal with everything, providing an efficient solution to regular, irregular and one-off services. We’re just a call away and have the flexibility to adapt to whatever you need. Click here to find out more.

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