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Where do you source your surgical supplies? The answer to this question twenty years ago would have been from the closest medical supplier to your office or healthcare space. However, in 2021, the options are endless, and there are some fabulous advantages to purchasing supplies online that you may not have considered.
Your Choices are Endless
The first advantage is the variety. You may have one medical supplier in your local region who will stock a narrow range of vendors. However, you can access countless medical equipment suppliers online. This variety gives you access to more brands, products, and equipment at any one time. Just like when you’re doing your weekly grocery haul, sometimes it pays to shop around to get the products that work more effectively for the people in your care.
Pricing Will Be More Competitive
An extra dollar or two on every needle or box of gauze adds up quickly over the financial year. Many organizations don’t prioritize shopping around because they are busy and see it as too time-consuming. However, it is straightforward and quick to compare the pricing for similar products online. If you know what you want, a quick look via your search engine will show you where it is available and who is offering the best price. Plus, you can take advantage of special offers and promotions on an order-to-order basis.
Once upon a time, picking up new medical supplies meant sending Rhonda, the receptionist, down the road. By the time she found a park, spoke to the staff, checked the order, loaded her car, and made her way back to the office, the reception area had been unattended for an hour or so. The hours of your local store are likely 9 am till 5 pm, but guess what? An online store is open 24/7, purely for your convenience. Your order can be placed at any time of the day or night, without you having to even get up from your chair. On top of all this, you get the added convenience of having it delivered to your door, ready to use.
Do you want to switch brands because of price, poor performance, or a discontinued line? It can be tough wading through short product descriptions, which have likely been written by copywriters who have never seen the product (sad but true story). The best way to get a good idea of the quality and ease of use of a product is to get feedback from someone who has used it before – a.k.a. other customers. Buying online allows you to scope out online feedback and reviews for each product and brand to help make your decision a little easier.
Eliminate Out of Stock Issues
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a significant and unexpected spanner in the manufacturing and global export works. You may have already struggled to get your hands on PPE or other health equipment because of the sheer unprecedented demand. So, no matter where you have sourced your medical supplies from in the past, it makes sense to be looking at alternative options to ensure you have the stock you need at any given time.
You are most likely shopping online for clothes, groceries, and other goods, so it’s high time that businesses started taking advantage of the benefits of online purchasing. Take a quick look at some of the options available, compare the prices and variety open to you, and you will be a convert in no time.