Three supply management mistakes that can cost you money.

Supplies are a recognized source of hidden costs, as well as a visible frustration in managing building maintenance.

Here are three mistakes people make when ordering their janitorial supplies (such as hand towels or toilet paper), and how you can avoid them.

  1. Ordering too much (or too little)
    The consumption of paper products and other consumables within your office will change over time. Check your storage levels frequently, and take company growth into account when planning ahead. Also keep in mind special events that could cause you to run short!
  2. Incompatible Products
    Do you have multiple dispenser styles and sizes in restrooms or break rooms throughout your building? As much as possible, keep dispenser sizes and types standard. This allows you to buy in bulk, which will save money and reduce the chances of running out. If your dispensers are not standardized, look for affordable soap dispenser designs which reduce the amount of product used per pump.
  3. Paying a Premium for “Green
    Finding the right products to promote a healthy and environmentally sustainable work environment – while remaining within budget – can be challenging. Most major manufacturers now offer products that meet best practice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, within any budget.

By ordering janitorial supplies through the company that also provides your building maintenance and janitorial services, you can eliminate these problems while getting quality products at a good rate. Your City Wide Facility Services Manager is on site regularly, and can monitor your supply levels and usage over time. Their industry expertise and vendor contacts will take the pain out of product selection!

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