IDEA: Restrict buying warehouse supplies to a limited needed list. Require higher approvals for exceptions.

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If you want to focus warehouse supplies spending on what is necessary, limit what can be purchased.   Limit the items that can be bought by employees. Throw away catalogs that come in the mail because everyone wants to buy something when they are not paying for it.  Make a predefined list of what can only be bought, negotiate the absolute best price for these items and then mandate to your employees that any other items wanted will require higher and more difficult delayed approvals.

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