ERA - Expert Blogs


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, 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...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Patrick Garr
Regions: West Texas
In December 2010, I wrote an article for Profit Finder that characterized prices in the Packaging Supplies marketplace as volatile. If you or your company regularly purchase Packaging items, then it likely comes as no surprise that the market has continued to increase in volatility over the past 2...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Ted Vahan
Regions: United States
A changing technology landscape demands a clear picture of your IT assets   By Ted Vahan                                   ...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Mike Pohl
Regions: United States
In recent years fuel has replaced depreciation as the greatest component of most fleets’ operating budgets. It is also the most unpredictable component. Prices change on the whim of speculation and world events, making budgeting very difficult. Painful as it may be, most fleet owners accept...

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...

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