Do you and your organization face these common problems in your procurement of office supplies?
- Maintaining a Robust Core List
Saving money while keeping the supplies your office uses most frequently in stock and in sufficient amounts is challenging. Compiling a core list of SKUs and pre-negotiating the best deal on those items with a vendor helps. But the process is time-consuming and labor-intensive, as is updating the list when patterns of supply use shift—or when vendors change their prices, as they periodically do.
- Relying on Accurate Information
Outdated, inefficient office supply management systems undercut attempts to gather data about your inventory in real time. Without efforts to limit access to the supply closet, for instance, or to use a tracking system to tell you who’s taking what and how often from the supply room, you’re only guessing when you reorder supplies.
- Supporting the Company’s Growth
Ensuring steady, sufficient office supply inventory is a key but often overlooked part of building the infrastructure your organization needs to succeed in new locations and new markets. But without accurate information or optimized spending in established locations, planning procurement of office supplies as the business expands will prove difficult and time-consuming.
- Finding a National Supplier
National suppliers can reduce lead times and save money while providing the supplies you need on time. But if you’re not a Fortune 100 enterprise, getting attention from top suppliers, let alone negotiating good terms with them, can be difficult. Smaller businesses in particular can’t always order in bulk or in advance as larger ones can.
- Managing Office Supplies in Less Time
Making inventory lists. Tracking supply usage. Communicating with multiple vendors. Checking shipments in. Reviewing and paying invoices. Procurement of office supplies demands a significant investment of time. Finding and maximizing opportunities to save time is essential to successful procurement processes.
CenterPoint is an industry-leading group purchase organization (GPO) and procurement adviser. We equip you to meet and move past your office supply procurement and management challenges.
- Buy From Our Ready-Made, Best-In-Class Core List
CenterPoint members can choose from more than 1,500 core items at the lowest possible prices, negotiated using our significant group purchasing power. We update the core list quarterly, ensuring members continue to receive substantial discounts on the most essential supplies.
- Get and Use Accurate, Real-Time Information
CenterPoint helps manage our members’ office supplies. Our proprietary and innovative analytics let us monitor trends, track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and provide quarterly reviews so you can make office supply management adjustments in a timely and effective way.
- Contribute Directly to Your Company’s Growth
CenterPoint offers account management, ongoing reporting, and data analysis to let you achieve more with your procurement processes in less time. As a result, you are free to redistribute internal resources in ways that support the business’s other important areas and strategic goals.
- Source from National Suppliers
CenterPoint members, regardless of size, can procure what they need from some of the nation’s top office supplies vendors. We perform in-depth requests for proposal (RFPs) for our members, which saves them time and gives them access to leading providers so they can take advantage of these suppliers’ lower prices.
- Manage Your Office Supply Inventory in Less Time
CenterPoint’s comprehensive approach to your procurement of office supplies includes account management, ongoing reporting, an automated reorder process, and data analysis to ensure you’re not paying more than you should. All of these features help you achieve your office supply inventory management goals in less time and with less effort.
Beyond our comprehensive approach to office supply procurement and management, CenterPoint also gives members:
- Cost Certainty
Our program’s pricing rarely changes. You can expect to pay equal or lower costs for your office supplies, making it easier to establish a reliable budget.
- Elite Customer Service
You can always bring your questions to our dedicated account teams and representatives from the office supplies vendors with whom we work. We don’t leave you to sort out procurement problems on your own.
- Streamlined Implementation
Implementing the new procurement and management process we develop with you ordinarily takes less than 30 days. We’ll also provide training in best practices so you’re sure to get the most value out of our contracts.
- Increased Diversity Spend
When you bring your office supply spending to CenterPoint, you’re choosing a Tier 1 minority business enterprise. We are certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Your spend will help you quickly meet internal diversity spend goals or external, contractual requirements.