What does “buying local” mean to you? We hear the sentiment often, and with good reason. The benefits of buying locally affect not just your personal buying experience but impact the community at large and even the planet.

According to Fundera.com, local businesses generate 70% more local economic activity per square foot than big-box retail. Buying locally is truly an investment in your community and by buying office supplies and other products and services locally, you can get the best return on your investment.

Here are just a few more reasons why your next office purchase should be a local one.

Choose From A Variety Of Products

Many independent providers carry the same products you can get from the manufacturers. They are authorized by the manufacturers to sell and service those products and have factory-trained technicians and support personnel.

When purchasing from a manufacturer, you are limited to just their brand of printer, copiers, and multifunction printers (MFPs). With a local office supply firm, the selection available will not limit the range of solutions available to your business and its specific needs.

An independent solution provider is not tied to any manufacturer’s offerings. By having this choice, you can mix and match to put together a comprehensive solution.
The independent provider can ultimately tailor a solution to meet your unique needs.

Unbeatable Customer Service 

When you need assistance, you will experience only the best customer service representatives. In fact, in a survey conducted by Intuit, 28 percent of shoppers said they buy local for better service.

A local business usually knows its customers personally. They have qualified industry professionals who know what they are doing and what they are talking about. A local solution provider will stock products, parts, and supplies and will provide supplies installation, servicing, and support quicker if a problem arises.

The Environment Benefits By Buying Locally

Shipping takes a toll on the environment producing about 1 billion metric tons of C02 a year. In addition, packaging for many products requires a lot of plastic waste.

Local businesses operate, well, locally. Without the need for long-distance delivery trips or reliance on long-haul shipping. The more people shop locally, the greater the impact on our environment that reduced shipping will have.

Creates More Jobs In Your Community

Local businesses create jobs right in your community. This contributes to keeping money in the area and helping ensure that residents are employed and engaged members of the community. According to the Intuit survey from earlier, 57 percent of Americans say their main reason for shopping small is to keep money local.

Buying document management solutions locally may not have the same effect as buying food at the local farmers market but it does have some of the same advantages, including the knowledge that you are supporting local business.

A Name You Know, A Name You Trust

Shopping locally is more beneficial for the community, better for your business productivity, and protects our planet.

A business that originated in a community is much different from a branch office placed in a location by a large manufacturer. You and the local solution provider may both belong to the local Chamber of Commerce. A local business does not just see clients as account numbers but as fellow businesses and neighbors.

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