How one supplier can make your life easier

Published by PHS on 12 May 2014
in Improving efficiency

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!

Time

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.

Take the time to do your research, shop around and see which supplier can offer you the most services – for the least amount of your time. You’d be surprised at the number of services many suppliers offer.

Economies of scale

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 bleach. Sometimes, no matter how well we plan, we can’t avoid this; it’s simply a part of working in a busy office environment. But working with multiple suppliers can often add to this random approach; you run out of one thing with one supplier whilst you’re just 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. In turn, this ensures that you can opt for the best possible deal; if you speak with your supplier and learn that you tend to use X rolls of toilet paper in a certain time period, you can bulk buy in one go and benefit from the economy of scale that it provides (which certainly makes for a nicer conversation with your boss when it comes to discussing budgets).

Consistent quality

Is the quality of your supplies – and the service you receive – consistent across the board? If you find that one supplier maintains a good working relationship but fails to deliver on the quality of supplies, whilst another is a nightmare to get hold of but their products are of a high standard, you could be causing yourself much more hassle than necessary. Switching to a supplier that can offer you multiple solutions ensures that you can build a strong alliance, know the quality that you’re going to receive month-in, month-out and you won’t be shocked by varying prices.

Whilst it takes a little effort on your part to identify a supplier that can provide you with multiple solutions of a high quality, taking that little bit of time could provide you with huge rewards in the long run; from lower costs, higher quality and, most importantly, less stress!

by PHS in Improving efficiency