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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.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by Jim Agnew
A survey of 1,000 female heads of household found that 59% of respondents consider themselves "very green" or "somewhat green," and that they regularly incorporate environmentally friendly practices and products into their families' everyday lives. 87% of the participants said they'd likely...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by
Thank goodness 2010 is behind us! The past year was extremely difficult for many companies and organizations. Uncertainty within the economy continued to wreak havoc on jobs and financial stability, and painful decisions had to be made to keep cash flow above water. Thank goodness the economy is...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by Jim Agnew
Increasing numbers of US households are taking the 3 R's (reduce/reuse/recycle) to heart: The results of a recent study confirm that more and more US families are doing their part to conserve resources and reduce their impact on the environment. The study, conducted by Kiwi Magazine and Marcal...

Monday, December 6, 2010 by Patrick Garr
If your company purchases packaging supplies, then you have likely experienced a number of price increases from your suppliers in 2010. Some of these increases are justified based on reduced inventory levels and an upward trend in the cost of raw materials used in packaging. These raw materials...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 by
Businesses considering growing their companies through a merger may be looking at a huge workload. I experienced this challenge when I was on a team that merged two companies, AT&T and TCG, in 1998. We were after the synergy of combining our buying power and reducing our overall cost of...

Monday, November 15, 2010 by
A recent survey from TD Bank indicates cash flow remains a top concern for CFOs of mid-sized businesses as we head into 2011. This survey goes on to say that these CFOs are not planning to slash expenses. Given the length of the current recession, this is likely the case because that’s all they’ve...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by Michael Trotter
While the news that YRCW continues to lose significant amounts of money quarterly is daunting, YRCW is making strides to survive. In the end, shippers may still benefit from a YRCW comeback. The company has strong staying power, although many carriers and analysts thought they would close their...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 by
Both FedEx and UPS have adapted changes for 2011 that will have a significant impact on the charges for large-volume, light-weight packages. The change that will quietly, but dramatically, increase charges for some small-package customers is the reduction in the dimensional weight divisor from 194...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 by
UPS recently announced a 4.9% base rate increase, effective January 3, 2011, for domestic ground packages and air express shipments. More important, however, are changes to service related surcharges and additional charges for dimensional weight shipments. Companies that ship large packages will...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 by Jim Agnew
The current economy may be impacting the workplace in very non-traditional ways. Fear of job loss – or basic job insecurity – compels many office employees to come to work even when they're sick. A recent study conducted by Staples Advantage reveals that 65% of workers reported coming to work...

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