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How are order quantities determined

Buying Products in Bulk

Organizations often purchase in bulk, whereas consumers typically do not. For example, a consumer might buy three gallons of white paint to paint his house while an organization might need 3,000 gallons to paint shelving units for resale. The organizational market is thus more condensed – it is possible to have a business succeed catering only to a small number of organizational clients – while businesses that typically focus on consumers sell smaller quantities to more people.

That said, Costco and similar wholesale warehouse companies do successfully market low-price, high-quantity goods to individual consumers. These consumers tend to buy for small office spaces or family homes, however, rather than only for themselves.

Choices and Use

Consumers typically purchase goods for different reasons than organizations, and have more freedom in choosing the items they want. A consumer may purchase a chair so people can sit comfortably in his home. He will be able to choose any chair within his budget that he likes. An organization, on the other hand, may purchase a chair because an administrative assistant needs it to do his job.

The organization may be restricted in a chair purchase, not only by the budget set by a purchasing manager, but also by guidelines set by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and by company-wide guidelines on office furniture.

Marketing Strategy for Each

Reaching organizational clients requires explaining how your products and services will help their organization serve their clients and customers. It is a help them help others approach. However, to reach a consumer market, you have to show how your products enhance a consumer’s life in some way. whether it makes life easier or more enjoyable, or both.