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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.

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...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by Jim Agnew
Sustainability in packaging seems to be on the minds of nearly everyone – from product manufacturers to packaging professionals to consumers. A recent study benchmarking the state of sustainability in packaging provides interesting insight into several key areas: the awareness and adoption of...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by
On Oct. 4, 2010, the U.S. Justice Department announced a settlement with Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc that will let merchants reward consumers for paying with lower-cost credit or debit cards. American Express Co. vowed to fight a government antitrust lawsuit. The settlement means that about 4...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jim Agnew
Trying to make ecologically sound decisions about what we use and reuse in the kitchen and our households is enough to make your head combustible. But think of it: Every day we make buying decisions that include choices about the containers used to package the products we use. So every day we...

Monday, September 20, 2010 by
Time and money are linked in many ways and in many famous quotes. But let's talk about time and money from an IT perspective. Let's consider loss of access: The simple day-to-day loss of access to what an employee needs to do their job. Mary (why do we always pick on Mary?) has a job to do that...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by Jim Agnew
Increasing attention to environmental issues, driven by consumer demand for “greener” packaging, has created an increased market demand for renewable and recyclable packaging products. Retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Lowes, along with manufacturers of consumer goods, including Hewlett-...

Friday, September 3, 2010 by John Baragar
The importance of good customer service - knowing your customers and making sure your customers know you care about them - has never been more important than in today’s marketplace. In the past, the customer’s voice was rarely heard outside of a few Marketing offices or the Customer Service...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by Jim Agnew
Soon, we will live in a world where Walmart lists a product's environmental "score" next to its price on the shelf ... where consumers will scan bar codes with their smart phones and learn exactly how green a product - and the company that makes it - really is. Until then, it's up to manufacturers...

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