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Office Depot Survey Highlights Costs of Classroom Supplies

Office Depot announced the results of an educator productivity survey whose findings uncovered the minimum cost of U.S. teacher time spent researching and buying supplies for their classrooms is more than half a billion dollars.

The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness and Office Depot’s Committed to Learning initiative recently surveyed more than 2,800 educators regarding purchasing and researching needed supplies for use in the classroom. An average teacher’s salary is more than $55,000 per year (roughly $26 per hour) and there are more than 3.5 million full- time teachers in the U.S.1, therefore based upon the results of the survey, the costs of researching and purchasing classroom supplies could reach over $500 million.

A few key findings from the survey:
Nearly 70 percent of respondents indicated that a central purchasing hub would save time and money when buying classroom supplies;
42 percent of the educators surveyed reported purchasing classroom supplies every month; More than 30 percent indicated they spend more than 10 hours every year researching and buying supplies for the classroom;
50 percent of the educators surveyed preferred to purchase classroom supplies online.

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