IBISWorld’s Procurement Research Reports cover thousands of indirect purchasing lines. Our data and analysis help you strategically engage and negotiate with suppliers and give you the credibility to work with internal stakeholders and executives. IBISWorld’s General Office Supplies procurement research provides price trends and forecasts, supplier benchmarks and negotiation questions all intended to give your company leverage during the sourcing process.
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General Office Supplies - Recent Price Trend

The price of general office supplies has been rising at an estimated annualized rate of 0.2% in the three years to 2017. This trend takes into account the many types of supplies covered in the category. The price of writing utensils, for instance, has been rising an estimated 1.9% per year on average from 2014 to 2017. Because purchases make up the largest category of the average vendor’s cost...


General Office Supplies - Total Cost of Ownership

The total cost of ownership for general office supplies is low. Products are generally commoditized and differ minimally in quality across operators. Furthermore, buyers are able to assess quality before purchasing office supply products. Quality assessments can be done by requesting samples from suppliers or by examining products at brick-and-mortar locations. General office supplies do not...


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About this Report

This report is intended to assist buyers of general office supplies. These products include writing utensils, fasteners and adhesives (paper clips, staples, scotch tape, masking tape, glue), organizational supplies (clipboards, labels, file folders, binders), paper, shipping supplies and other desk accessories. Vendors include wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers. This report excludes computers, office furniture and office equipment.  

Table of Contents

At a Glance

Executive Summary

Price Environment
 Price Fundamentals
  Benchmark Price
  Pricing Model
 Price Drivers
 Input Cost Drivers
 External Demand Drivers
 Recent Price Trend
 Price Forecast

Product Characteristics
 Product Life Cycle
 Total Cost of Ownership
 Product Specialization
 Related Goods
 Subsitute Goods
 Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
 Supply Chain Dynamics
  Supply Chain Risk
  Geographic Locations
 Competitive Environment
  Market Share Concentration
  Vendor Company Types
 Market Profitability
 Switching Cost

Purchasing Process
 Buying Basics
 Buying Lead Time
  Selection Process
  Buying-Decision Scorecard
 Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Score Components

Jargon & Glossary

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