What did you learn today?

July 3rd, 2012

It is said, you learn something new every day!

Today’s post is by Heather A. Powell, Account Manager at SafeSourcing.

It is said, you learn something new every day. Every day you pick up knowledge whether you realize it or not.  Just think back over the past 24 hours. There is some little tidbit you might have learned whether it was job related or home related.

So what have I learned today? While researching water delivery companies who deliver water to homes and offices, that there are more than 5 types of water you can buy in 5 gallon bottles. Is this useless knowledge? Absolutely not!  Though each of those types have special properties or, yes, ingredients, they each have their own price points too. While most customers know that spring water is really tap water, did they know that there can be a $1.00 or $2.00 difference in the price? Does this make a big deal? Sure it can!

Example:  Your Company uses a quantity of 6 five gallon bottles of “spring” water a month at $7.00 per bottle, however, if your company was to switch to purified water at $5.00 per 5 gallon bottle. That is a $12.00 savings per month, and $144.00 savings per year!

Also you can research and negotiate the extras your company is charged. Hidden fees… Refundable bottle deposit can range from $4-$8 per bottle! The water dispenser rental fee $2-$10 per month! Service fees, extra delivery fees, set up fees, maintenance fees… H2O can be expensive!

Now how does something as simple as this lesson help you? While you may be an office manager in charge of getting the water delivery taken care of monthly or buying toner, printing paper, and other office supplies and services, or you could be a buyer in charge of buying steel, fuel, or even nuts and bolts to keep production moving, this lesson supplies you with something you may not have known. There are details about every little and big thing that can help save your company money.

How do you get started learning those details? How do you go forward to negotiate those savings? Need ideas of where we can help save your company money? Contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.

We look forward to your comments.

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