Ordering Office Supplies: Local or National Provider? Let’s Dive Into the Differences

Starting your own business requires all kinds of decision making. Some decisions are small, while others are large, but all are equally important to your business. Deciding where to get your office supplies, and which ones to get, is just one of the many decisions to make. But it doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming! Read the information below to learn all about office supplies and make this decision a fun one.

Providing your employees with new office supplies on their first day is a great way to show them you care and are excited to have them as part of your team. Here is a list of some very basic, but important, office supplies:

  • Pens

  • Pencils

  • Highlighters

  • Scissors

  • Paperclips

  • Staples

  • Stapler

  • Tape dispenser

  • Tape

  • Rubberbands

  • Binder clips

  • Notepads

  • Post-it notes

  • Envelopes

  • Stamps

Not every employee will need every supply, but nothing says, “Happy First Day” better than a new pen and a fresh pack of post-its! Yes, I am serious! Office supplies matter. No one wants to run around an office panicked because they can’t find paper to jot down a quick to-do list reminder. Nor do you want them to forget that reminder!

Once you’ve selected which office supplies to purchase (again, the above is just a basic list to help you get started), the decision making process is far from over. Now you need to decide where to get the office supplies. Should you go with a local company or a national one? The decision is yours! Here is what you should consider...

  • Both local and national companies offer their own set of perks, but what will best suit your needs and the needs of your employees? It is OK to be picky!

  • Both Amazon and Office Depot/OfficeMax are national office supply companies with programs that offer two-day delivery and exclusive discounts for members. They could potentially have more supply options (think brands, package increments, etc), too. However, most national companies will not have a dedicated customer representative to help guide you to find something specific, such as toner, a certain type of finish (i.e. stapler, tape dispenser, white board tray), a particular commercial coffee pot, special coffee filters,etc. If that’s what you’re looking for, you should maybe consider a local company who can do the leg work for/with you.

  • A local company will likely be near your office, which makes quick, last minute trips easier. And most even offer free, next day delivery to boot! Local supply companies will likely offer a dedicated account rep to help with your supply needs. As a small business owner yourself, you may enjoy the idea of working with and supporting another small business.

Whether you choose to work with a national company or a local office supplier, you will get your office supplies and I am sure you will find a brand you are happy with. But what about the perks? Which perks are most important to you?

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