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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.

Monday, February 25, 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...

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Many of us remember all too well when companies found it relatively “easy” to obtain funding for capital expenditures – almost any business with a relatively clean track record could just “borrow the money”.  Lenders were typically eager to provide cash for...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Let’s face it – we all have to clean – or hire someone to clean for us – or be hired to clean for someone else.  Regardless of why or how we are exposed to cleaning, ultimately, the cleaning buck stops here; for some in the form of monthly service fees, for others, in...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Carl Crawford
Regions: United States
Many of our clients have struggled to deal with the pain of growing complexity and escalating costs with their wireless telecom expenses. Whether it is complex service plans, exploding data usage, or uncontrollable international roaming costs, implementing a plan to control these expenses is a...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
I’ve noticed that when I visit websites to place orders or begin a call to a customer service department, I’m asked if I would be willing to take a brief survey after my transaction is complete. Based on a report from The Belding Group of Companies, which specializes in customer service...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Linda Haske
Regions: United States
Ah December. That time of year of holiday celebrations, the spirit of giving and twinkling lights. December also is when companies are busy with annual benefits enrollment and preparing for year-end activities.   This is a great time to consider how well your current Payroll/HR administrative...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Charles Warren
Regions: United States
We have found that most of the ERA clients under review for mobile wireless expenses are paying more than they should. The most obvious and frequently considered means of cost reduction is to optimize the existing cost model.   It's common for our clients to pay for services they don...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
By now, you’ve likely read excerpts of “The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time: How Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and others made radical choices that changed the course of business."  The book is by the CEO of a strategic consulting firm and the editors of Fortune magazine....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by
Regions: United States
Many clients ask me, “What’s a risk management checklist?”  We then list the ways they can be used throughout daily business operations and how they provide loss prevention and mitigation to a wide variety of situations: Office or store opening and closing procedures...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by
Regions: United States
Do duct tape and plastic sheeting form the cornerstone of your business security and protection plan?  Were things ever that simple?  Here’s the real question:  How do you handle the high costs of insurance premiums?    If you take a common-sense approach to risk...

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