The plow has been around since prehistoric time, making it easier for humans to grow food to survive. Farmers learned to trace their harvest for goods and services.
The wheel, an ancient discovery, enabled transportation and other inventions that require wheels, pears, cogs, cranks and pulleys used in engines, mills, power plants and more.
#8 Printing Press
Johann Gutenberg is credited with the invention of the printing press in the 1430's, revolutionizing the way information was recorded and shared around the world.
Since the 1800's, refrigeration has changed the way we eat by keeping foods fresh. Home refrigerators became commonplace in the 1920's.
In roughly 120 years, advancements in communications (telegraph, telephone, radio and TV), sped the spread of news from taking weeks to learning as it happens. Now go call your mother! :)
#5 Steam Engine
Advances in steam engines to generate power for factories to mass-produce goods and also for trains and steamships to transport products around the world.
Automobiles put people on the move! Karl Benz created the Motorwagen in 1865, then Henry Ford enhanced the production process to make cars available to most people.
#3 Light Bulb
Thanks to Thomas Edison, we can turn the lights on! In addition his invention lit the path to an infrastructure that lets us plug in and turn on a myriad of devices.
Without computers, so many of the things we use every day would be able to work the way they do; cars, power plants, phones and more.
The newest and most far-reaching invention on the list, the internet gives us access to information around the works at any time. Who knows where it will take us next?
Office supplies may seem like a minor expense compared to the other costs of doing business, such as equipment or employee salaries. However, over time, the costs of office supplies can add up, especially as your company grows in size.
According to a study by United Stationers, businesses spend $186 to $544 on office supplies per employee per year depending on the size of the company. No matter what size your company is, reducing unnecessary expenses will help streamline your operations and increase your bottom line.
Here are 7 ways to save money on office supplies.
1. Buy Generic
Instead of buying name brand supplies, consider using generic or store brand products, particularly for office supplies such as sticky notes, folders, and staples where any difference in the quality of the products won’t have much consequence.
For example, a set of 3×3″ brand name 3M sticky notes with 12 pads of notes retails for $19.99, while the generic version is 36% cheaper at $12.71.
2. Refill supplies before they run out
Proactively replenish your supplies so that you can reduce costs by buying in bulk. It costs less per unit to buy 10 boxes of paper towels, than to buy one roll at a time. Buying in bulk will also allow you to place fewer orders, saving both time and delivery. Pick a specific day every month, such as the last day of the month, and make a habit of placing orders for office supplies on that day so that you are regularly restocking.
3. Buy quality remanufactured toner cartridges
Remanufactured toner cartridges for your printer or photocopier can be 30% cheaper than the price of new toner cartridges, while providing the same print quality.
For example, the price of a new Hewlett-Packard CE4127X cartridge is $218, compared to $50 for a remanufactured cartridge, a savings of 77%.
4. Save paper and ink when printing and copying
Set your office printers to be double-sided by default and change everyone’s default print settings to draft mode and to print in black and white. This could cut your paper usage by half, as well as save you up to 25% on toner/ink.
5. Create a reusable supplies station
Have an area for employees to leave supplies that they no longer need but that are still in working condition, such as binders, folders, writing instruments. You’ll help save the environment by recycling while reducing your company expenses.
6. Have an office supplies gate keeper
According to a study on office supply theft by Vault Inc., 67% of employees have taken office supplies from work for personal use. 60% of those who admit taking office supplies go for pens and pencils, and 40 percent take Post-Its. Other popular items stolen from the supply closet: envelopes (32%), notepads (28%), paper (27.5%), paper clips (26%) and highlighters (24%).
To ensure employees don’t access to more supplies than they need:
· Have a staff member, such as the office manager or receptionist, be the gate keeper of supplies
· If you prefer having some supplies out in the open, stock less and keep the majority locked away
7. Buy From 1 Source
Combining purchases to one source cuts down on procurement costs within your organization. Studies show that it costs a minimum of $30 to cut a PO – these costs included cutting the PO, ordering the merchandise, receiving and processing payment. By eliminating multiple vendors you save both time and money.
Contact a Twist Associate for a FREE no obligation analysis of your purchases and start saving money today!
American football is an offshoot of English rugby and soccer. It became popular at American colleges in the late 1800"s
The first college football game on record featured Rutgers vs. Princeton on November 6, 1869.
About 60% of the air time on televised NFL games (not counting commercials!) shows players between snaps - standing around, in a huddle, or walking around. Only about 40% of the broadcast is actual playing time.
Since 1941, the official football supplier for the NFL has been Wilson Sporting Goods Company in Ada, Ohio. Wilson manufacturers more that 2 million footballs per year!
If Girl Scouts prepped me for anything, it was to be prepared! So today is a perfect opportunity to make sure your office is prepared for any emergency and a perfect time to stock up on Energizer MAX® Batteries.
Whether it’s keeping flashlights powered for emergencies, or for any other battery gobbling gizmos like wireless mice, keyboards, or label makers, they’ll keep your office prepped for almost any power need!
• Power on Tap – 10-yr shelf life for MAX power when you need it…plus, they’re date-coded.
• Principled Power – The world’s 1st mercury-free AA means tossing ’em when tapped won’t trash the environment.
• Protective Power – Save devices from spent battery leakage for up to 2 years.
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