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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, 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...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by David Lehman
Regions: United States
Insurance is something we pay for, yet hope we never have to use. It’s protection against an unanticipated misfortune. When you purchase insurance, you’re transferring your risk to an insurance company in exchange for a premium. The benefit is that if you incur a loss from an insured...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Annette Smith
Regions: United States
This question isn’t about professionals wearing flowers in their hair and choosing a Bohemian management style — it refers to the Internet-based phenomenon slowly finding its way around the world.   About cloud computing Cloud computing is actually a simple concept: instead of...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Tina Phillips
Regions: Florida
At the end of 2013, more than 2 million Americans had enrolled for health care on the federal exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signing up on the Healthcare.gov website.* So what does this mean to health care providers, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, even...

Sunday, December 15, 2013 by Rudy Bazelmans
Regions: United States
In developing an RFP, reducing supplier risk in the bidding process is essential. Decreasing risk can lead to increased savings. Let’s examine this reasoning more carefully.   For instance, when bidding out copiers (i.e., multi-function devices), the obvious approach is to tell...

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