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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

General Office Supplies
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for General Office Supplies?

What is the average price of General Office Supplies?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase General Office Supplies. 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 General Office Supplies 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 General Office Supplies 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 General Office Supplies?

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 General Office Supplies 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 ?

There is a medium level of market share concentration in the general office supplies market, with the top two suppliers, Staples and Office Depot, accounting for about 40.0% of market revenue in 2020. Market share concentration has been rising over the past three-year period due to increasing consolidation among competitors... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Distribution Capabilities

What are the individual capabilities of each of your facilities? Do they differ in terms of products offered?

Which locations would be serving my business? How does this reduce transportation costs or risks?

How do you limit potential damage during transportation?

Where are your warehousing and manufacturing locations, if applicable?

Amid widespread health concerns, 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?

Product Quality

Do your products come with warranties? What about specialized products?

Do you have consumer reviews for each of your products?

Can you offer samples of your products so that I am able to measure quality?

What is the typical turnaround for damaged or defective products?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

If one exists, buyers should specify their budget for general office supplies.

Buyers should define payment schedules.

Buyers can reference the Benchmark Price section of this report for assistance in creating a budget.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate suppliers based on their proximity to the buyer.

If samples are available, buyers should evaluate suppliers based on the quality of the samples they have received.

Buyers should evaluate suppliers based on cost.

For detailed selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should specify the date by which proposals must be submitted.

Buyers should communicate to prospective suppliers when bid awards will be posted.

Buyers should outline the length and terms of the contract and cancellation policy, if necessary.

Buyers should include the date by which the units must be delivered.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

Overall, there is a medium level of supply chain risk for general office supplies. Paper product manufacturers and plastic product and material manufacturers generate much of the risk in the supply chain. Paper product manufacturers are moderately risky because they have been suffering demand losses due to the increased adoption... Subscribe to learn more.