4 Reasons Product Subscriptions Make Sense for Large Enterprises
July 25, 2017
By: Kelly Spors
Large companies generally have many departments and hundreds, if not thousands, of employees, sometimes located in multiple locations around the country or the world. Making sure each location has the correct stock of various supplies — whether printer paper, coffee cups or cleaning supplies — can be challenging.
Product subscriptions — getting office supplies delivered at regular intervals — can be a strategic and efficient way for large companies to manage their office supplies. Here are four reasons subscriptions make sense for big enterprises.
1. They centralize and systemize office-supply sourcing
Rather than requiring each location to buy and manage its own office supplies, creating product subscriptions through a reputable and reliable vendor can be an effective way for company headquarters to centralize the task. It also means the company can more accurately budget and project the cost of supplies, because it’s not buying supplies randomly throughout the year from various vendors.
2. They save money
Product subscriptions can provide bulk-purchase discounts, but without the need to keep a huge stock of supplies. The discounts can vary depending on the product and how much is ordered through the subscription, but they can add up for a big company purchasing large supply volumes for multiple locations.
3. They're easy to manage
One person can manage product subscriptions for multiple locations, often using an online portal. The company may look for a vendor that offers technology that can make subscription management easier, such as a mobile app or subscription portal.
4. They can be customized
One location may need printer paper delivered weekly, while another needs it monthly or bimonthly. Product subscriptions can be easily customized to the unique needs of each location. If needs change, the person who manages the subscription can easily use an online portal to change the subscription quantity or delivery interval.
Having frequently used office supplies delivered on a regular schedule can help a large enterprise be more strategic about its product sourcing — and provide nice cost savings along the way.
About the Author
Kelly Spors is a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering small business and entrepreneurship.
All content provided herein is for educational purposes only. It is provided “as is” and neither the author nor Office Depot, Inc. warrant the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they assume any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.
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