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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, 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...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Occasional absences from work are inevitable – employees get sick, injured, or have to take care of family members or personal business.  In a healthy economic environment, these infrequent, short absences are typically viewed as “all in a day’s work”; however, economic...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Rene Ford
Regions: United States
We all know the phrase, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  Over the past seven years that has probably gained new meaning in the print industry.  Going into our recent economic downturn, print enjoyed a fairly stable annual sales figure of about $130 billion a...

Friday, September 20, 2013 by Fred Muhleman
Regions: United States
Co-authored by Fred Muhleman and Dan McHugh     Whether it is Property & Casualty, Workers Compensation or Healthcare, insurance are under the microscope more than ever before.  The costs are taking a bigger bite of the pie and in some cases, predetermining how we run our...

Friday, September 20, 2013 by Robert Katzman
Regions: United States
Many of us recall that the banking industry nearly self-imploded in 2008 and 2009.  The good news for banks is that for many, profits have seen a significant recovery in recent quarters. Hooray if you own bank stocks!    However, have we stopped to consider what has fueled the return...

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Ralph Owens
Regions: United States
Have you ever considered how much food is thrown away? A recent report suggested that on average in the U.S., a person wastes 20 lb of food, per month. The majority of that food waste goes to landfills and these sites are the second largest producer of methane in the atmosphere. As a result,...

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Mike LaLonde
Regions: United States
There has been much talk about how the new Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) will affect U.S. companies, particularly the impact on a company’s internal employees.  However, in addition to the impact on employees, companies should consider the use of temporary and contract staffing...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Barry Bowles
I was prompted to write about this question after seeing yet another request come from the CEO to his senior staff asking “where are the savings?” Perhaps you commissioned many projects over the last two-three years to reduce your operating costs.  Your trusted staff worked hard...

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