Navigating the Cost-of-Living Crisis: How Supplier Consolidation Can Save your Leisure Business

This year, the cost-of-living crisis has been on the minds of everyone in the UK. But it’s not just households that are feeling the pinch. Businesses have also been grappling with the repercussions, particularly those still recovering after these last few years.

The leisure industry is no exception as businesses have faced rising costs in various aspects of their operations. Within this blog, we’ll explore how leisure businesses can combat the cost-of-living crisis by consolidating their suppliers. This strategic move can lead to significant cost savings while maintaining high-quality services and customer satisfaction.

The Cost-of-Living Crisis: A challenge for the leisure industry

The cost-of-living crisis, characterised by skyrocketing prices in essentials like housing, utilities, and food, has put immense pressure on consumers’ disposable income. As a result, leisure businesses often find themselves in an uncertain position as consumers become more budget-conscious and cut back on spending.

Key challenges:

1. Rising operating costs: Utilities, rent, and labour expenses are on the rise, squeezing profit margins

2. Competitive pricing: Staying competitive in the face of rising costs can be challenging without compromising on quality

3. Customer expectations: Meeting customer expectations for excellent service while managing costs is a delicate balance

Supplier Consolidation: An operational solution

Supplier consolidation involves streamlining the number of suppliers a business works with to achieve efficiency and cost savings. In the leisure industry, this can encompass various aspects of operations. It’s crucial that leisure businesses are working with a single supplier who understand what their consumers want and how their facilities can be designed to encourage more people in, rather than simply serving those who have previously engaged with them.

The benefits of supplier consolidation

1. Cost Reduction: Fewer suppliers mean reduced administrative costs and better negotiation power for bulk purchases.

2. Improved Efficiency: Streamlined processes lead to quicker responses, fewer errors, and better overall performance.

3. Better Relationships: Building stronger relationships with a smaller number of suppliers can lead to better service and mutual trust.

Steps to Implement Supplier Consolidation

1. Supplier Evaluation: Assess your current suppliers, their performance, and the value they provide to your business.

2. Identify Key Suppliers: Determine which suppliers are critical to your business operations and which can be consolidated.

3. Negotiate Agreements: Renegotiate contracts with key suppliers, leveraging the volume of your consolidated purchases for better terms.

4. Continuous Monitoring: Regularly assess supplier performance and address any issues promptly.


In the face of the cost-of-living crisis, leisure businesses must adapt to survive and thrive. Supplier consolidation is a strategic approach that can lead to substantial cost savings, improved efficiency, and better relationships with key suppliers. By taking these steps, leisure businesses can navigate the challenges posed by the cost-of-living crisis while delivering exceptional experiences to their customers.

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 leisure industry to consolidate their supply chain to decrease costs, increase visibility, control and compliance. Whilst in turn, reducing their scope 3 emissions.

Office Depot isn’t just a supplier; we work together with our customers to fully understand their needs. From this, we offer a tailored solution which fully meets their specific ‘back of house’ leisure requirements. Whether your procurement teams need more visibility and control over multi-site spend or your teams need easier procurement platforms to place orders or faster delivery of products – we’ve got you covered! So that you can focus on providing a better service to your customers.

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