It’s a well-worn mantra in the office supply business: The office supply market is growing faster than the industry.
For most office workers, this is good news.
But for many others, the outlook is grim.
The industry is facing two challenges: Demand for office supply is outpacing supply.
And while demand for office furnishings and supplies has been growing steadily, it has lagged behind supply.
In 2018, there was a surplus of office supplies and accessories, according to a new study from the Office Supply Association.
“In the past few years, demand has been increasing,” said Kevin McCarty, chief executive of the Association.
But this is an anomaly for an industry that has traditionally been a supplier-led business.
As the demand for offices has been outpacing the supply, many companies have resorted to cutting corners to meet supply demands.
For example, they’ve switched to cheaper materials like wood or cardboard instead of expensive metal or plastic.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said McCarty.
He also pointed to another problem.
“There’s no shortage of people wanting to buy office supplies,” said Mark Schmitt, the vice president of marketing for Office Supply America.
“People are looking for something that’s going to be more economical than buying a lot of supplies.”
He said the industry has seen a sharp increase in demand for personal office supplies in recent years.
But, because of this, some businesses have been forced to cut corners.
That means cutting corners on some of the most basic office supplies that you’ll find at your local office supply store.
These include the staples of office furniture and supplies, such as pens and pencils, rulers, and notebooks.
“They are the basic necessities,” said Schmitt.
“The average person would need a little over $50 worth of pens and notebooks for a couple months of work.”
The problem is, it’s hard to find them in a store that’s stocked with the necessities of the office.
And with many of these items, you’re not going to find in a catalog.
“If you’re looking for a pen and paper for an office supply shop, they probably won’t have it,” said Jessica Cramer, an associate professor of marketing at the University of Chicago.
“But they do have some pens and paper and paper accessories that you can get from some of these retailers.”
So if you’re on the hunt for office furniture or office supplies, be prepared to spend a lot more than you think you’ll need.
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Pots and pans 7.
Paper towels 8.
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Desk and table linens and accessories.
The average person needs about $100 worth of office supply items, according the Office Supplies Association.
These items can range from pens and ink pads to pencils and erasers.
And many office supplies are cheap to make.
Here’s what you’ll pay for in office supplies: Pencil: $5.97