Navigating the Cost-of-Living Crisis: How Consolidating Suppliers Can Save Your Hospitality Business

The cost-of-living crisis is having a significant impact on the hospitality sector with it being reported that two to three businesses are closing down each week. This has sent shock-waves through the industry, making it more important than ever for businesses to find innovative solutions to streamline their operations and reduce costs.

Within this blog, we'll delve into the financial challenges faced by hospitality businesses and explore how choosing suppliers that can consolidate orders can simplify processes and alleviate some of the financial burdens.

The Cost-of-Living Crisis

The cost-of-living crisis, marked by rising inflation rates and increasing expenses, has made it difficult for hospitality businesses to maintain profitability. Higher prices for essential goods and services, coupled with labour shortages, have led to soaring operational costs. From food and beverage to staffing and facilities, every aspect of running a hospitality business has been impacted.

The Financial Challenges

Hospitality businesses are grappling with several financial challenges due to the cost-of-living crisis:

1. Shrinking Margins – With rising costs, profit margins are shrinking, making it harder for businesses to reinvest in their operations, staff, and overall growth.

2. Pricing Pressures – As consumers tighten their belts, businesses are hesitant to increase their prices, which further erodes profitability.

3. Supply Chain Disruptions – Supply chain disruptions have not only led to increased costs but also made it challenging to secure essential supplies promptly.

4. Staff Costs – Attracting and retaining skilled staff in a competitive market often necessitates higher wages, adding to overall expenses.

The Solution

Consolidating suppliers involves sourcing multiple products and services from one single source, streamlining the procurement process. Here’s how it can help mitigate the financial challenges posed by the cost-of-living crisis:

1. Cost Savings – By consolidating orders, businesses can negotiate better pricing, as suppliers are more likely to offer discounts for bulk purchases. This directly impacts the bottom line, helping businesses maintain profitability.

2. Reduced Administrative Overheads – Managing multiple suppliers can be administrative and increase workloads. Consolidation simplifies the process, reducing administrative costs associated with tracking, invoicing, and payments.

3. Enhanced Supply Chain Efficiency – Having a single supplier for multiple products and services can reduce the risk of supply chain disruptions. This ensures a more consistent flow of essential items, minimising unexpected costs.

4. Streamlined Ordering – Consolidated suppliers often offer integrated ordering platforms, making it easier for businesses to place and track orders. This saves time and minimises errors in the procurement process.

5. Relationship Building – Building a strong relationship with a single supplier ensures you’re receiving a tailored solution, further improving cost-efficiency.


The cost-of-living crisis has undoubtedly placed financial pressure on hospitality businesses. However, by embracing innovative solutions through consolidating suppliers, businesses can navigate the challenges more effectively. Choosing suppliers that offer a wide range of products or services and can consolidate orders not only simplifies processes but also reduces costs, ultimately ensuring the resilience and sustainability of hospitality businesses in these challenging times.

About Office Depot

Office Depot is a leading provider of critical workplace supplies and services, with access to over 1M products from 10,000’s suppliers.

We currently work strategically with well-known brands in the hospitality industry to consolidate their supply chain to decrease costs, increase visibility, control and compliance. Whilst in turn, reducing their scope 3 emissions.

At Office Depot, we can remove the headache of day-to-day supply chain operations so you can focus on what truly matters – driving your core business.
Get rid of repetitive, unproductive activity by partnering with us and discover how we can help you to simplify, digitise, and automate to create efficiencies throughout your organisation.
We offer strategic sourcing solutions, meaning that business continuity is guaranteed – even in times of crisis. By consolidating your supply chain through our services, you can create more value and achieve total cost of ownership.
And, with over 100,000 products available via our industry-leading procurement tool, SmartPad — plus our end-to-end business solutions – we can work with any business to help them overcome barriers to strategic growth.

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