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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.

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...

Sunday, December 15, 2013 by Annette Smith
Regions: United States
In the field of procurement, small businesses (SEs) are often at a disadvantage compared to bigger companies. This can be an asset for some activities requiring flexibility but can become a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating, as SEs may lack the buying power of bigger corporations, or if...

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Sonia Gamache
Regions: United States
As we approach the New Year, UPS and FedEx’s annual small package freight rate increases are right around the corner!  Despite a struggling economic climate, FedEx has already announced its 2014 rate increases, and UPS rate hikes are expected to follow.   Annual rate increases have...

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Charles Rumble
Regions: United States
For many procurement managers, knowing the source and country of origin for chemicals they purchase is an important part of procurement.  Strict internal quality standards and the theme “Buy American” often prevail in the decision-making process to ensure the goods are high quality...

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
In times of declining revenues, uncertain markets, increasing costs and slipping margins, it is natural for company leadership to initiate internal cost-reduction efforts. The logic is simple – if we can save a few dollars here and there, perhaps we can pay other bills, increase bottom-line...

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