We understand that people’s general needs are evolving at a rapid rate, driven by technological advancements, sustainability concerns, and changing work environments. By listening to the marketplace, we’re able to stay ahead of these trends to ensure we can give our customers the best version of ourselves. We’re going to explore the top office supply trends for 2024.

A love for sustainability

Sustainability is no longer a niche concern but a mainstream expectation. According to a 2024 report, the global green/eco-friendly business supplies market was valued at $9.87 billion, and is projected to reach a market size of $13.70 billion by 2030.

Examples and Initiatives:

Recycled Materials: There is an increasing demand for supplies made from recycled materials. Which is why we’re continuing to grow the percentage of our stock that is made from recycled materials.

Biodegradable Products: The same goes for the biodegradable office supplies market, such as compostable coffee cups and plant-based packaging materials.

Corporate Sustainability Programmes: Businesses both large and small are setting ambitious sustainability goals, which is why we’re enrolled in the Weaver Programme. This programme supports us, focussing on our carbon footprint, waste management, single use packaging, and social responsibility.

Tech Integration: Today technology options are transforming the workplace. Smart office supplies can enhance productivity and streamline operations. The global smart office market is projected to reach $57.05 billion by 2023.

Innovations

The Basics: We’re continuing to supply businesses throughout the country with sit-stand desks that adjust to ergonomic settings, intelligent lighting systems that adapt to natural light levels, and smart printers that monitor usage and order supplies automatically.

Collaboration Tools: With hybrid working the norm for many businesses, we’re continuing to install collaboration tools, such as interactive whiteboards and integrated communication platforms, bringing a truly modern flavour to UK workplaces.

Prioritising Health and Wellness

As we all continue to strive in the wake of the global pandemic, employee wellness is a critical factor in workplace productivity and satisfaction. According to research, the wellness industry is growing at an annual rate of 6.4% – with workplace wellness being a significant contributor.

Health-Oriented Office Supplies

Ergonomic Furniture: We’re no longer thinking of desking and seating solely as your workspace, we’re thinking of it as a place to improve health – offering a growing range of adjustable standing desks, ergonomic chairs, and accessories that reduce strain and injury.

Air Quality Solutions: We’re increasing our offering of air purifiers, and even plants that improve indoor air quality. A 2022 study found that people working in well-ventilated offices with low levels of pollutants have double the cognitive function of those in offices with average levels of the same pollutants.

Stress-Relief Tools: In addition to the basic Items such as stress balls and fidget spinners. Our interiors team are installing new relaxation zones in workplaces, equipped with comfortable seating and calming decor.

Backing the Hybrid Workforce

The hybrid work model is officially more popular than any other. Research in 2024 indicates that 52% of business leaders believe that hybrid working is the most supportive environment for employee productivity.

Essentials

Home Office Essentials: We continue to supply businesses with basics such as high-quality webcams, noise-cancelling headphones, and ergonomic home office furniture.

The Seismic Shift Towards Personalisation: Customisation is becoming increasingly important as businesses seek to create unique and engaging work environments. According to a report by Deloitte, personalised products can increase consumer satisfaction and loyalty.

Customisation Trends

Branded Supplies: We’re continuing to offer bespoke promotional gifts, including custom-branded notebooks, pens, and tech accessories that promote company identity and culture.

On-Demand Printing: Our print services allow businesses to print customised materials quickly and efficiently, meeting specific requirements as they arise.

From sustainability and technology integration to health and wellness and hybrid work adaptations, these trends offer businesses opportunities to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and create a more engaging work environment.

Staying informed and adaptable to these changes is key to helping you, our valued customers, thrive in the evolving landscape of 2024.