A dirty workplace may contribute to employee sickness as well as poor morale. This category includes everyday cleaning through to industrial cleaning. It also includes the types of paper products used in bathrooms and kitchens.

While choosing the right products seems simple, it may be more complex than you think. Many companies we see use the same products that the buyer uses at home. A workplace has different needs due to the heavier daily use of the facilities.

Products designed for the consumer market are not always suitable for a commercial environment. Also with a growing focus on choosing sustainable products, making the right choice may be confusing.

Choosing inappropriate products may lead to unhygienic workplaces. In the worst cases asthma, allergies or even sickness amongst staff. This in turn may cost your business a considerable amount of money through lost productivity or absenteeism.


Sign on bonuses
In the same manner as the office supplies industry, sign on bonuses are sometimes offered. They are an up front payment for awarding the contract. While lucrative in the short term - the supplier will always aim to recoup this money through increased margin. Further to this, a sign on bonus can lock a company into a guaranteed minimum annual volume with one supplier.

Pack size confusion
It is common for different brands of similar product to come in different sized packs. Then there are different pack sizes in individual packages (e.g. 200 vs 250 sheets). There are also bulk packs for both chemicals and paper to consider. Suppliers may use these opportunities to swap in a cheaper priced product.

The cheaper alternative
This involves the substitution of a cheaper product in place of a premium or branded product. Generic brands may offer valid ways to save over branded products. It is important that these products deliver the same result without harsh or less eco-friendly chemicals.

Product Substitution
It is a challenge for many suppliers to maintain adequate stock levels. When stock runs out an alternative product may be offered to meet immediate demand. Sometimes this alternative product may have a higher profit margin. This type of market behaviour is more common than you think.


Choosing the right supplier will deliver a more hygienic and productive work environment. It may also help you save on this category.

We recommend a provider who delivers on the following criteria:

  • Provides you with the ability to consolidate this category spend with other commodity categories.
  • Has the geographical coverage to deliver to all your locations in a consistent manner.
  • Specialist Advice - has informed salespeople who understand the needs of different industries.
  • Has a broad range of brand name products as well as quality generic brand products.


Supply Clusters has partnered with Winc for all of your cleaning and washroom product needs.

Supply Clusters members receive the following benefits through Winc:

  • Locked in contract pricing on over 1500 cleaning and washroom products
  • All prices fixed with an annual review conducted by Supply Clusters
  • Allows you to reduce the number of vendors and standardise products to maximise savings
Winc customers enjoy:
  • Access to dedicated specialist facility solutions salespeople.
  • Access to the best-selling brands including Kimberly-Clark, Diversey, Oates and SCA Hygiene.
  • High quality Brighton Professional and Sustainable Earth by Winc ranges
  • National coverage to provide you with a consistent and timely supply
  • Local Facilities Solutions Specialists who provide customised training and site audits


A clean workplace is a safe and productive workplace.

  • Choosing the wrong products may lead to an unsafe or unhygienic workplace
  • Choosing the right supplier delivers effective cost management

You should choose a provider that offers:

  • Specialist advice where needed
  • A strong supply chain to deliver the products you need
  • A wide range of products at locked in contract pricing


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