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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, April 6, 2011 by Bradly Davidson
When your company considers ways to achieve savings, the first line of offense is to reduce expenses. By cutting costs, you realize immediate “hard” savings. But what about secondary “soft” savings? You attain soft savings when you improve business processes and take full advantage of available...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by
The world’s fastest growing companies are generally very innovative, not only in their products and services but also their operations. They take advantage of every technique possible to expand their market while minimizing costs. For example, their web sites are “hubs” for integrated marketing...

Monday, February 28, 2011 by Jim Agnew
North American polypropylene buyers were snowed under by substantial January price increases- and the end may not be in sight. Short-term propylene monomer outages are playing a big role in the move. The big increase also is causing interesting debate on a couple of other major factors influencing...

Monday, February 21, 2011 by Patrick Garr
When was the last time you thought about the administrative costs associated with the purchasing function of your company. Not the labor content for your purchasing staff; but the transactional costs associated with each and every order your firm must place. Have you considered the cost...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 by Jim Agnew
Published prices on virtually all resin materials increased substantially in 2010 – some nearly 50% above 2009 levels. Although some, like high density PE and linear low density PE, fell an average of 12 cents per pound since May 1 - wiping out most of an 18-cent increase that hit the market in the...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 by John Baragar
In the movie Wall Street,who can forget the infamous line - “Greed is good”. The rationale given by Gordon Gecco was that by trying to make the most money, it helps everyone. Of course, what he knew (and meant) was that he was going to make a lot of money at your expense. For all the money he made...

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...

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