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While our buying power is impressive, it is the extensive in-house knowledge and expertise at Expense Reduction Analysts that deliver truly significant cost reductions for our clients. Many of our cost analysis experts share their thoughts in this section.

Here you can read our experts' perspectives and insights on current and ongoing topics in expense management as well as get cost saving ideas and other advice on cost reduction and supplier management. Contact us directly for further information or to discuss any of the topics covered.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Marlys Schmitt
Regions: United States
A regard for ethics should be at the heart of every business transaction, and ethical behavior and honesty should be the first priority of any insurance agent or broker. Clients place a great deal of trust in their agents and brokers to conduct business on their behalf. They rely on these...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by ERA Marketing
Regions: United States
What hinders business growth? Limited capital? An old product line? Not enough people? All of these are possibilities — but there’s more to the story.           Many of the barriers impeding business growth are psychological, according to a...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by ERA Marketing
Regions: United States
The success of any organization is built on a strong financial foundation. Increasing revenue is part of the equation; finding savings is another way to improve profitability. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) look first to overhead expenses to detect savings opportunities, yet this...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by ERA Marketing
Regions: United States
Headlines like this are far too common: Employee accused of stealing $420,000 in fraud scheme. All businesses are subject to fraud risks, and large frauds have led to the downfall of organizations, investment losses, significant legal costs, even incarceration of key individuals. According to the...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Marc Gilman
Regions: United States
Is your procurement organization data driven? Do you have equal expertise across all of your significant spend categories? Does your executive management team know how much you spend for a given cost category across all suppliers for the entire organization? Is there an active program to monitor...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Jim Schmitt
Regions: United States
Chief Financial Officers often identify opportunities for cost savings  that may not be carried through to implementation for various reasons. For example, perhaps the CFO wants to reduce maintenance expenses, but there is resistance from the line supervisor ordering the factory consumables....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Ted Vahan
Regions: United States
On April 8, 2014, technical support and security updates for the legacy Windows XP operating system ended. An estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers around the world still use this 12-year-old system and continuing its use is a gamble. PCs running Windows XP will no longer be protected...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
          According to weather experts — and most Americans — the winter of 2013-14 will go down as one of the most challenging in history. Much of the Southeast saw record snowfall levels, the city of Atlanta faced gridlock due to...

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Brian Morton
Regions: United States
        Through the years, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) seemed to crop up everywhere. Today they still exist — although some of the names may have changed, along with operating structures and ownership. Just as coffee, bagel and video stores started out...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Ralph Owens
Regions: United States
Company executives are becoming increasingly aware of their corporate responsibilities regarding waste management practices within their organizations. Almost every week you can see negative headlines about a company that has either caused an environmental incident or been prosecuted for disposing...

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