Companies and small business owners need many times of office supplies to run their operations. Business supplies usually fall under different categories. Companies who are just getting started need to select the right furniture for their offices. Office furniture must be comfortable or ergonomically functional for employees who spend many hours at their desks. Executives may want the latest line of executive chairs. They also need long tables and chairs for board and conferences room meetings. Companies may also choose a different motif for their waiting area, depending on the image they want to project. And most companies use partitions in offices, which companies can find at office supply vendors. Bright colours may be appropriate for entertainment companies, for example.
Computers and printers are also important office supplies. Companies must keep up-to-date with the latest technologies. Storage capacity for laptops and computers keep increasing each year. Companies which use computers for inter-office meetings, webinars and videos need the extra capacity of the latest computer equipment. Similarly, the latest printers are important for printing documents and reports. Companies also use scanners to scan documents or other information that they want to load on websites. And company managers use shredders to dispose of highly confidential information that they don't want competitors to see.
Besides computers, companies must continually update employees' computers with the latest software. Most companies use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software. Managers create reports and documents on word processing software. And they may use spreadsheets to devise and update budgets and other financial documents. Presentation software enables managers and sale reps to create colourful slides to highlight business conditions and product benefits and features, respectfully. And database managers use database software to maintain detailed records of customers and clients.
Communication equipment is another important type of business equipment purchased through office supply vendors.
The technology and capabilities of cell phones advance every year. The latest phones have more functions. Some allow workers to pull and view files and documents from their computers. Companies which employ sales reps want to make sure these reps have highly functional phones for staying in touch with clients and other managers.
Business supplies also include most conventional office products. For example, companies need to keep a sample supply of copy paper for their employees' printing needs. Managers may also want to use transparency paper to illustrate key points at meetings on overhead projectors. Also, most workers still use legal pads to jot down ideas or take notes in meetings. Other office supplies include pens, pencils, erasers, markers, paper clips, scissors, staplers, staples, tape, hole punchers, paper cutters, highlighters and clip boards.
Business people also use various types of daily planners. Some planners allow workers to keep track of their schedules by the hour. Other planners show weekly overviews. People can purchase many types of filler pages for their planners, including pages for notes, daily 'To Do' pages, graph pages, and pages for telephone numbers and addresses. Similarly, business people use desk calendars to manage their workloads, rolodexes for easy reference of clients or vendors and white planning boards for meetings. Large white planning boards can be mounted to walls in meeting rooms for illustrating key points. There are also smaller boards and even boards with multiple pages.