Did you know that the ‘soft costs’ associated with managing your office procurement needs, can add an extra 70% on to the fee you’ll pay for the supplies themselves?
The unnecessary paperwork, purchase orders and amount of time associated with sourcing numerous suppliers, for different products and services, will undoubtedly be having a drastic –yet perhaps unrecognised – impact on your productivity. This will be eating into your profit margins, which is something no business can afford. That’s before you’ve assessed how competitively priced the supplies actually are! Hence why we offer Universal Connect – an in-depth yet complimentary audit of your current office supplies procurement process.
We can start by analysing the different prices you pay for things such as office stationery, printing supplies and office consumables. You may be able to buy some items at fantastic promotional rates, but we bet you’ll pay a premium for other products in your suppliers’ brochures. We’ll also ask how many suppliers you use, how they tackle delivery and the financial arrangements for each.
Using the information we obtain from the relevant buyer within your organisation, we’ll run the figures through our secure in-house software programme. A series of algorithms then calculate what you could save and how, we present these findings to you in a detailed but easy-to-digest proposal. You’ll receive this in less than two weeks, enabling you to start benefitting from our service as quickly as possible.
“Before establishing Universal, my business partner and I used to work for the UK’s largest contracted office supplies company. At that time we would regularly conduct such investigative cost analyses for some of the country’s most prestigious FTSE 250 companies. But we knew the mid-market would benefit from such insight too. So, when we set up this company, we drew on our experience and knowledge to develop Universal Connect – a powerful tool to save clients money and help them grow,”
Steve Manley, Director, Universal