Printing and Office Supplies for Large Companies
Stationery stores are often thought of as the home of individual consumers rather than large companies, a place where somebody may come to pick up a new fountain pen, or a double-ruled notebook for school, but little more.
In reality, many stationery chains across the world also supply to large corporations, often ordering in specific products to suit their demands in short time frames. Printing equipment and supplies are a great example of this, with Riso printers sold around the world to large companies looking to print everything from business cards to identification badges, and beyond.
Stationers that supply these large companies have come to know what products they have to keep in stock at all times so they can get them over to their customer as soon as possible when they request it, without delay. This means that these larger companies can rely on their stationer to always keep them in stock of cards and other printing supplies, so they never have to worry that they don’t have enough; something which can often become a concern if they're using their printer on a near-constant basis.
Of course, a small stationery store isn’t going to be able to keep every type of printer in stock as their space (both at the front of store, and out the back) simply won’t be sufficient for storage. For this reason, if your company is looking for a Zebra ZXP8 card printer you should contact your main stationer well ahead of your need for said printer, asking them to source one for you and deliver it you by a certain time and date. In this scenario courtesy goes a long way, as your ‘demands’ seem much less like demands if you simply ask for the items you require from your stationer courteously and politely. You should also:
- Pay fairly for your supplies: Small stationers don’t have the same product margins as much larger stores, meaning their only real way of winning your business is through excellent customer service; sourcing the office supplies you need, when you need them. For this reason, make sure you pay fairly for the product you purchase from them, and don’t beat their margins down.
- Only ask for discounts when you can guarantee repeat purchases: If you originally bought your Zebra printers online you may want to purchase supplies for them from your local stationer. In this scenario it would be totally fair to ask for a discount based on guaranteed repeat purchases, especially after you have identified how frequently you will have to make these repeat visits to your stationer.
In conclusion, supporting your local stationer is a noble cause, especially if you’re a large company who could easily go elsewhere. Unlike large stationers, your local stationer will be able to order in the exact branded printer and office supplies you need, when you need them.