I am today pleased to feature Guest Blogger Keith Roser , NEBOSH qualified health and safety consultant and HSE approved first aid trainer, performance management coach and self-proclaimed opponent of corporate arrogance, who talks about the price of soap.
The product is packed in a case, 6 by 1 litre. I found an astonishing range of prices that went from, £43.12 from Galleons Supplies to a staggering £118.32 from Euro Office. What in heaven’s name is going on here? Even at the lower end of the scale that’s a staggering £7.18 per litre.
Who’s buying this stuff, are we not in difficult financial times? Are companies not laying off staff? Are businesses not going to the wall? What makes Facilities Managers think that is ok to pay these outrageous prices for what is after all only soap. Is the owner of the business aware of how much money is being poured down the sink?
No matter how much you hype up the product, the quality, the smell the cost in use, we are still talking about liquid soap. I hear constantly about contractors who are being forced to drive down costs, look for savings, and cut staffing levels or staff hours. But the client is still prepared to pay an unbelievable price for soap, because people like the smell? They like the Wall Mounted Dispensers? They have always bought that particular brand?
It’s bad enough when city bankers insist on what they perceive to be “the very best” but I have seen charities and schools do exactly the same, how dare they waste money like this when so much more could go to more needy causes.
I appreciate that some of the larger users will benefit from ship-through prices that will see them paying some 25% less than even the cheapest price on the net. But even at that price they are, in my opinion paying almost 50% more than they should be. I know this from other quality products that are out there in the market place.
Here are the prices I found;
Viking Direct £88.14
Office Direct £103.68
Euro Office £118.32
Galleon Supplies £43.12
Office All Sorts £114.18
Caretaker Supplies £67.98
Direct Hygiene 56.65
We have seen price rises in the last year on some branded products far exceed inflation. I find it difficult to understand why end users continue to accept these kinds of increases when everyone else in the business world is worried about putting prices up at all.
Price rises are often blamed on increases in raw materials, labour, and transport. While most other businesses are trimming margins the market leaders appear to be protecting margin.
To survive through these very difficult financial times we have all had to become more efficient and much leaner and those us who have done that, have even prospered. But when it comes to soap, the gravy train really must stop soon.
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