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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, 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...

Friday, October 22, 2010 by Robert Katzman
Traditionally, organizations can reduce their fees by concentrating in three areas: 1. Platform service evaluation. Are you processing your transactions in the most cost effective and efficient manner? Do your service activity volumes warrant a processing platform upgrade? Or perhaps your...

Friday, October 22, 2010 by
The cost of printer cartridges is massive. With continued rising costs for the raw materials used to produce print product (i.e., petroleum, chemicals, etc.) and the fact that printer consumables are a huge profit center for printer manufacturers, there’s a slim chance to see price reductions....

Friday, October 22, 2010 by Scott Noar
When a supplier says, “Look no further, I have the lowest prices,” do you trust them? Do you stop looking? It may be comforting to stop worrying if you’re getting the best price, but can your company afford that level of confidence? Recently experiences in two states, one on the east coast and...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by
Another Smartphone operating system was announced in October. Windows Phone 7 has been added to the universe of Smartphones where the planets Android, Blackberry, and iPhone (or iOS) already circle. Let's look at the various Smartphone options and discuss the pros and cons of each and the...

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