The lynchpin of the economic climate often points toward the success or failures of the small business. Those small businesses typically look for a plethora of cost-cutting measures as they typically don't sport the kind of budgets that their larger, Fortune 500 companies do, thus putting them at somewhat of a disadvantage.
One of the spots that is heavily analyzed is office supplies. Typically, office managers scurry from one web site to another in the hopes of finding the best "deal" on everything from an office chair to a simple, tablet-top desk calendar.
When every penny counts, someone is always counting on pricing that meets in the middle with superior customer service and on-time deliveries. So, which companies pack the most punch without knocking out an entire year's worth of office supply budget in just one order?
The answer is maybe a bit surprising as the would-be heavy hitters such as Office Max and Staples don't make this particular list. No, numbers 1 and 1a as far as being the total package in terms of office supply superstores are Office Depot and, surprisingly, Amazon.com.
The inclusion of Amazon.com perhaps shouldn't be all that stunning given the excellence and reputation exuded by the online-only brand. What may be shocking more so is that Amazon.com has a specific site just for office supplies, including printers and scanners. Amazon often reaps the benefits of a smarter consumer base who shops for particular products within a physical retail store, writes down what they want and then visit Amazon.com to get the best possible price.
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