If purchasing isn't centralized, then what happens is you have different locations placing different orders with different vendors who most likely offer very different price points. Why order the SAME uniform from different suppliers if one offers better pricing (and possibly other value-added incentives)?
Having an online company store forces vendors to compete and offer the best pricing (and value-added stuff) to get your business.
Sure, vendors are always competing with one another, but a centralized online company store forces the vendors to up their game. One vendor competing with another over a local pizza shop's uniforms and promo products isn't a big deal. But when the vendors are now competing over business from the corporate office that manages 100 franchises across the country? Now, we're talking about some serious money!
The vendors/suppliers suddenly have a very real incentive to offer their best pricing and value-added offers to get corporate's business.
Then, once the negotiated contract has been approved, EVERYBODY in the company can benefit from the locked-in prices/savings.
The other big benefit? It frees up employees who'd been handling those negotiations and contracts with individual vendors in the past. Since corporate is now vetting vendors and negotiating contracts/suppliers, your managers and employees can get back to focusing on their priority tasks (rather than bargaining with the local promo company or the town print shop and so forth).
So remember: Don't waste funds from the company budget on suppliers whose pricing can be beat. Simplify. Streamline. Make it possible for all your employees from each of your locations to buy the same items, whether it's uniforms, marketing material, or leave behinds, from the same suppliers with the BEST pricing--AND with just a quick click of a mouse.
Topics: Online Company Store