FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2014--
The overwhelming majority of employees believe telecommuting is good for
both themselves and their company, but most organizations are not
budgeting appropriately for telecommuters, according to a recent survey
of procurement officers by Staples
Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
Two-thirds of those who responded say they do not take telecommuters
into account when planning their organization’s purchasing budget. The
result is a lack of consistency in telecommuting purchasing, including
which products are purchased, who is purchasing them and how much is
“For many companies and employees, telecommuting makes good business
sense,” said Neil Ringel, Executive Vice President, Staples Advantage.
“However, if organizations don’t budget accordingly and provide
appropriate oversight, there is significant risk for rogue spending and
inconsistencies in the tools provided to telecommuters. Organizations
can reduce their overall spend with up-front planning, streamlined
purchasing and procurement oversight.”
More than half of the procurement professionals surveyed – 59 percent –
purchase products for telecommuters, while 33 percent say telecommuters
purchase products out of their own pocket. Less than half of those
procurement professionals work for companies that provide reimbursement.
Telecommuters most often request office supplies (44 percent),
technology products such as keyboards and monitors (17 percent),
Internet and phone service (16 percent). They also request IT services,
furniture, copy and print services and cleaning supplies. There is an
opportunity for procurement to negotiate better prices for goods and
services in these categories to maximize savings.
To maintain consistency and oversight of telecommuter purchasing,
procurement professionals should consider the following tips:
Ensure all telecommuter purchases are routed through procurement.
Provide a budget for telecommuters to purchase needed items and
Establish standard catalogs or product lists that are pre-approved for
Provide standard start-up kits of items and services when employees
Have a clear understanding of their company’s pool of telecommuters,
recognizing that the percentage is likely to rise, which means they
should plan for and budget accordingly.
Develop comprehensive reporting to better measure expenses against
Staples Advantage helps organizations consolidate their procurement
processes across the organization. Measures commonly taken include
collaborative budget building, educating on purchasing trends, creating
custom catalogs and core item lists, all of which empower organizations
to ensure consistency and gain full visibility into their expenditures.
To learn more about how to purchase for your organization, please visit: https://www.staplesadvantage.com/shop/sahome?storeId=10101
About the survey
Staples Advantage conducted a survey of
more than 200 chief procurement officers, procurement vice presidents,
directors, managers and category managers representing a variety of
industries – manufacturing, finance, education, government, healthcare,
hospitality, insurance, retail, and utilities. Full executive summary
with more detailed findings can be downloaded here.
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the
business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves
organizations of 20 or more employees up to the Fortune 1000, helping
them make more happen with more products, greater cost savings and
improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage provides its
customers, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, with
a one source solution featuring comprehensive products and services like
office supplies, technology, printing, promotional products, furniture
and facility supplies, along with a customized level of account support
and best-in-class customer service. More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
Source: Staples Advantage
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249