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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Filing Cabinets
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Filing Cabinets?

What is the average price of Filing Cabinets?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Filing Cabinets. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Filing Cabinets been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Filing Cabinets yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Filing Cabinets?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Filing Cabinets with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

Following trends in the furniture manufacturing industry, the filing cabinet market has a low level of concentration, primarily due to the standardization of the products offered. In this market, the top four suppliers account for less than 30.0% of total market revenue, and there are roughly 19,480 filing cabinet suppliers... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Supply Chain

Where do you source your primary raw materials, including steel, wood, plastics and adhesives?

Have you ever experienced supply chain disruptions resulting in insufficient supplies of filing cabinets?

How often do you reevaluate list prices in relation to fluctuations in input costs?

How do you control for sudden spikes in steel, wood or adhesive prices?

What kind of price fluctuation caps do you have in place with your suppliers in case of input price shocks?


How do you track customer satisfaction, and do you have client references I can review?

What is your past experience in working with and providing filing cabinets for a company of my size?

How many production and distribution points do you have in the United States?

Are shipping costs fully covered in the price of filing cabinets, or is there potential for extra charges?


What is your typical delivery schedule?

What is your return policy on defective filing cabinets?

What are your average lead times for one-off and high-volume purchases?

What is your on-time delivery rate?

Technical Specifications

What grade of steel do you use to produce your filing cabinets?

What variety of wood do you typically use to produce filing cabinets?

Do your filing cabinets have counterweights and drawer locks?

What is the maximum file load your filing cabinets can handle?

What is the burn time and temperature for your fireproofed cabinets?

What kind of locks do you use on your basic and high-end filing cabinet models?


What is your minimum purchase number for volume discounts?

What kind of discounts do you offer for purchasing complete office furniture packages?

If I have multiple offices across the United States, what kind of discounts can you offer if you are the sole provider of filing cabinets for my business?

Can I reduce the per-unit price if I agree to transport the filing cabinets myself?


What makes your filing cabinets superior to your competitors?

Which furniture wholesalers and office supply retailers also supply your products?

How has the rise in import penetration affected demand and pricing for your filing cabinets?

How diversified is your product portfolio?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should state the contract payment terms. For example, whether payment will be made upon awarding the contract, in increments, or upon final delivery of the filing cabinets.

Buyers should specify their preferred terms for goods and services that arise beyond the scope of the contract.

Buyers should specify payment terms if the contract is canceled by either party before the contract end date or prior to final delivery.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should consider whether the supplier is proposing filing cabinets that meet all specified needs.

Buyers should consider where the pricing proposed by the supplier falls in relation to other bids and compare to the Benchmark Price section to ensure an accurate price range.

Buyers should consider the supplier's technical ability and financial viability.

Buyers should consult the Buyer-Decisions Scorecard for more information on selection criteria.

Project Schedule

Buyers should detail deadlines for questions and proposals, and include details on how both should be submitted.

Buyers should state the date by which the filing cabinets should be delivered or ready for pick up.

Buyers should state the length of the contract, and specify whether there is a review or probationary period.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

There is a moderate supply chain risk associated with filing cabinets. Suppliers have been facing a range of issues during the three years to 2019 that impact their degree of supply chain risk. Most notably, iron and steel manufacturers have presented some risk due to high volatility in global prices.... Subscribe to learn more.