Black Friday is reported to be the biggest shopping day of the year. Cyber Monday holds claim to being to the biggest online shopping day of the year. These two shopping days tend to signify the beginning of the holiday buying season—every year the number of shoppers and the amount of revenue generated on Black Friday and Cyber Monday continues to grow at amazing rates. A famous song once said, “Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd.” Apparently, nowhere is that lyric more true than when you consider the popularity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Retailers recognize the opportunity of these giant shopping days as well. Supermarkets, stores, warehouses, boutiques, and online stores will be offering deep discounts on most items in an attempt to get their piece of the consumer’s holiday shopping dollar. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not only great days to find deep discounts on items needed for individual use, but they are also great days for professionals and business people to find great deals on needed office supplies.
Deep Discounts on Office Supplies
Business professionals are always looking for a way to work smarter instead of harder. The same approach should be applied on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to the technique of acquiring great deals and discounts on office supply items, such as: paper, printers, computers, software, keyboards, monitors, furniture, desks, tables, coffee makers, and even a new fridge for the office break room. Not only do Cyber Monday and Black Friday offer fantastic savings on office supplies, but you then have the ability to write off the office supply purchases come tax time.
A Strategy for Success
As a business professional, you never want to go into any purchasing decision blind, so why would you allow yourself to do it on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make sure you have a well thought out and well coordinated “plan of attack”, when it comes to making office purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The reality is … you will face a feeding frenzy of shopping crowds in the stores and online. All of these shoppers will be gunning for the best possible deals they can find.
Do Your Homework
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Before Black Friday and Cyber Monday arrive, go through your office, talk to your employees about their needs, and create a list of the office supplies needed. Make the executive decision, as to which items are “must haves” and which items are “nice to haves”. Do your research online to find the best upcoming deals on the office supplies you need.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge days for retailers, so they devote as much time, energy, and advertising dollars as they can to making sure you are aware of the discounts they will be offering. Use your online research to determine which stores will have best prices on the office supplies on your list. If you are the only one making the purchases, you can create a flow chart of the stores and websites you will visit, what time you will arrive at each store, how much time you will spend at each store, and which items you will be purchasing at each store.
Divide and Conquer
The best strategy for acquiring the office supplies you need on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is “divide and conquer”. Once you decide on which office supplies you will buy from which stores, assign specific stores to specific employees or employee teams. The entire office can make a game of acquiring much needed office supplies for the entire group.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday will provide you as a business professional with great savings on office supplies like paper, technology, printers, gadgets, and even a new fridge. Plan ahead and divide and conquer, so you can take full advantage of all the savings available. To get an example of some business technologies that go on sale for Black Friday, click here.
Brian Jensen is Online Marketing Manager with Dell. He has a passion for learning and writing about all things technology. Brian’s favorite thing to shop for around the office on Black Friday is printers, check out some of Dell’s here.