We recently completed a cost study for an engineering firm that did not have a lot of spending on office supplies so they didn’t think it would be worthwhile.  I was not surprised from the savings at Office Depot as we regularly see similar savings.  However, I was surprised by the savings from Staples.

The firm is currently buying from a local office supply store and we compared their pricing to our contracts with both Office Depot and Staples.  They aren’t buying anything special either, just highlighters, pens sharpies, notebooks, binder clips, and post-it notes.  Here are the results:

OFFICE SUPPLIES PRICING

Product UOM Local Office

 Supply Store

Office Depot Staples 
Price Savings Price Savings
Highlighters – Yellow DZ $7.79 $4.48 $3.31 $1.61 $6.18
Mechanical Pencils DZ $5.94 $2.87 $3.07 $4.04 $1.90
Pen, Medium Blue DZ $1.59 $1.29 $0.30 $0.93 $0.66
Pen, Fine Blue DZ $1.59 $4.41 -$2.82 $2.13 -$0.54
Pen, Medum Red DZ $1.59 $1.88 -$0.29 $1.59 $0.00
Pen, Fine Red DZ $2.26 $4.41 -$2.15 $2.13 $0.13
Pen, Medium Black DZ $1.59 $1.29 $0.30 $0.90 $0.69
Pen, Fine Black DZ $1.59 $1.33 $0.26 $1.59 $0.00
Sharpie, Fine Blue DZ $5.88 $10.53 -$4.65 $7.42 -$1.54
Sharpie, Ultra Fine Blue DZ  $9.31 $7.34 $1.97  $7.42 $1.89
Sharpie, Fine Black DZ  $8.39 $9.69 -$1.30  $6.04 $2.35
Sharpie, Ultra Fine Black DZ  $12.29 $9.46 $2.83  $6.24 $6.05
Sharpie, Fine Red DZ  $5.64 $10.53 -$4.89  $4.60 $1.04
Sharpie, Ultra Fine Red DZ $9.31 $10.53 -$1.22 $8.70 $0.61
Legal Tablets DZ $56.88 $14.92 $41.96  $9.06 $47.82
6×9.5 Notebooks EA $4.62 $2.88 $1.74  $1.95 $2.67
Binder Clips, Large DZ $1.42 $1.11 $0.31  $1.22 $0.20
Binder Clips, Medium DZ $0.42 $0.82 -$0.40 $0.40 $0.02
Binder Clips, Small DZ $0.15 $0.55 -$0.40 $0.73 -$0.58
Binder Clips, Mini DZ $0.15 $0.67 -$0.52 $0.66 -$0.51
Post-it 3×3 DZ $18.69 $9.78 $8.91 $3.28 $15.41
Post It 2×2 DZ $7.59 $4.31 $3.28 $0.96 $6.63
Wide Format Bon Paper 20 lb 36″x500′ Roll, 2 Rolls/CT CT $113.39 $69.99 $43.40 $58.74 $54.65
Copy Paper, 20 lb 8 1/2 x 11, 10 reams/CT CT $145.20 $31.01 $114.19 $35.30 $109.90
Totals $423.27 $216.08 $207.19 $167.64 $255.63
Percent Savings 48.9% 60.4%

 

On only 4 items is the local offi../../../../com/maxxpurchasing/www/pricing.htmlce supply store cheaper when compared to Staples.  Using the leverage of 100,000 businesses we get better pricing as shown in the table above. Who would not benefit from saving at least $200 dollars when buying these office supplies.

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