How much of your budget is currently being spent on office supplies? Now public sector organisations have the chance to make savings through our focused office supplies catalogue available on the Purchasing Platform. It includes stationery, office equipment and desk accessories with over 700 of the most popular items to choose from, with further items available on request. The Purchasing Platform is easy to register for and intuitive to use with simple click-and-buy functionality. Plus, there are many ways to pay including using your ePurchasing Card Solutions (ePCS) card, credit and debit cards. We’ve outlined 5 reasons why the reliability and ease of experience of the platform mean you should start purchasing your office supplies online today.
1. Save money
For public sector buyers, a key priority is ensuring budgets stretch as far as possible. Organisations shopping through the Purchasing Platform make significant savings across both small and large scale transactions. Office supplies make up a significant amount of public sector spend, accounting for items such as paper products, filing systems and day to day stationery items.
2. Save time
Time-consuming paperwork is often a feature of public sector procurement. With the Purchasing Platform customers no longer have to face complex processes – instead we have a simple catalogue that is easy to navigate. The Purchasing Platform is convenient and easy to use – as straightforward as making a purchase on Amazon using a credit, debit or ePCS card. This will no doubt help out busy public sector staff, helping them to focus on more effective and productive tasks.
3. Help your budget go further
The Purchasing Platform helps to save you money meaning organisations can spend more on frontline services. It enables you to benefit from the collective buying power of the whole public sector meaning money can be reallocated to areas that need it the most.
4. Eliminate compliance stress
Suppliers to public sector organisations have had to undergo extensive compliance checks and clearance. Suppliers on the Purchasing Platform are fully compliant and offer a commercially smart direct award route. This means organisations can buy with confidence as compliance checks have already been conducted with all suppliers. We’re bypassing traditional procurement paperwork – so you can complete your purchasing journey all in one place. Compliance is baked in from the start, giving peace of mind all round.
5. No need to shop around
We have over 700 of the most popular office supply products for sale on the Purchasing Platform, with catalogues providing the most cost effective combination of supplier and price. Whereas before procurement staff may have to shop around comparing suppliers to find the best offer, the platform shares industry benchmark pricing. Not only does this save significant time, but buyers can rest assured they are receiving a great deal for their overall purchase.
With all factors considered, the Purchasing Platform is overall a positive development that will no doubt make everyone’s lives easier and free up funds that can be channelled towards more impactful activities. The Purchasing Platform is available to all public sector customers including local government, charity and education providers. It’s a key part of the broader vision of the Crown Commercial Service to transform the way people buy goods and services in the public sector. Customers so far include NHS foundation trusts, universities and councils.
To start saving money on your office supplies today sign-up at purchasingplatform.crowncommercial.gov.uk and transform your procurement in a click.