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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.

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...

Friday, March 8, 2013 by Steve Bunker
Regions: United States
Are you increasingly taking credit cards as a form of payment from your customers? Have you ever wondered what the real cost of accepting credit cards is and where that money goes? A brief overview of credit card fees and some tips can help ensure you pay the lowest fees possible.  Although...

Friday, March 8, 2013 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Companies are constantly under pressure to increase shareholder value. Traditionally, management looked to growing sales and margins as the primary contributor to overall bottom-line improvement.  In recent times, however, building top-line revenue (increasing unit volume or the prices charged...

Monday, February 25, 2013 by
Regions: United States
I respect McKinsey.  Years ago I worked on a project while I was at Electronic Data Systems (EDS).  That is why I read and pass on words of wisdom from McKinsey. “When a critical strategic initiative at a major multinational stalled recently, company leaders targeted a talented, up...

Monday, February 25, 2013 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
If you run a midsized business, you likely are aware that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to impact you more than small or large employers.  The assertion of higher costs for companies with between 101 to 1,000 employees gained a lot of attention when it was...

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