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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, May 8, 2013 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
Companies trying to combat the rising costs of healthcare are increasingly making use of both the carrot and the stick.  Among companies that offer wellness programs, the carrot can take the form of insurance discounts for employees who participate in these programs.  The stick is the...

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Richard DeLuca
Regions: United States
With The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) reaching its third year anniversary many providers are gearing up for the challenges of one of the most significant reforms to the health care industry since the enactment of  Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.  This article provides...

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Tough economic times often lead companies to implement internal actions targeted at reducing costs, many of which are ineffective due to the existing workload already put upon employees.  Even those organizations with adequate time frequently find that they don’t have the talent or...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
You may recall (although likely I flatter myself here) that in July 2012 I wrote about the so-called paperless office.  Specifically, I addressed why the development is 20 years behind schedule, why it’s getting closer, and the advantages of its arrival. Now a new research study by Adobe...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Robert Katzman
Regions: United States
Answer "yes" or "no" to the following ten questions to assess the role your banker plays in your business.      1.   Can you recall the last time your banker sat down with you to discuss ways to improve your treasury and cash management processes and...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Randy Mackay
Regions: United States
More and more businesses have turned to outsourcing their cleaning services,as an alternative to self-managing this complicated and distracting task. However, recent changes in cleaning equipment, application techniques, and the addition of new "green" products may mean that service...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Michael Trotter
Regions: United States
2012 should be the year that the business levels trend upward. This trend can be based on increased volumes from customers, new customers or new products. A best practice Freight and logistics program will assure shippers that their freight expenditure will not out pace their growth in production...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by
Regions: United States
“Disasters” for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) can arise from many sources and come in all shapes and sizes. Many studies report that 60% to 80% of SMEs hit with a major disaster don’t survive – unless they have a contingency plan.   The “big” news...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
You may have noticed the headline in a mid-March e-newsletter from[i] heralding “CFO Optimism Blooms.” The article cites the results of a Duke/CFO Global Outlook Survey[ii] showing that more than 500 of the U.S. finance chiefs surveyed rate their level of optimism for 1Q 2013 as...

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
A February 2013 report from Forrester Research contains some good news if you’re a CFO and some not-so-great news if you’re a CIO.1 It seems that CFOs are increasingly influencing IT services spending. The key reason, of course, is money – or more accurately, the lack thereof. In...

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