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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, August 21, 2012 by Joel Potter
Regions: United States
Most small and midsize companies don’t spend a lot of time and effort worrying about their Records Management policies, procedures and cost. Face it, it’s not a very sexy topic. Who wants to spend time thinking about how long to keep different types of records; whether good value is...

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has been in the news recently due to its early August 2012 announcement of a quarterly loss of $5.2 billion.  To date, the USPS has lost $11.6 billion in 2012 compared to “only” $5.7 billion YTD in 2011. What went wrong? There’s no lack...

Friday, August 3, 2012 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
As you probably know, a proposed settlement of more than $6 billion was reached in mid-July by MasterCard, Visa and major banks to address accusations that they engaged in anti-competitive practices in payment processing. The processors agreed to drop requirements that retailers charge the same...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by John Lauchnor
Regions: United States
Companies often consider office supply expenses to only include paper, pens, clips, binders, etc.  However, office supply providers have made major inroads into other areas such as furniture, cleaning supplies and coffee/break-room supplies.  Best of class organizations tend to take a...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Years ago, environmentalists coined the acronym “NIMBY” to refer to those individuals who espoused the idea of environmental change as long as it didn’t directly impact their home, business, community or lifestyle.  It seemed back then like everyone wanted to “save the...

Friday, July 20, 2012 by Ralph Owens
Regions: United States
Recently, I visited a manufacturing company and was asked if I wanted a tour of the facilities.  I never know what I am going to learn and always accept these offers.  This plant tour uncovered an interesting opportunity for the company.  Touring the facilities left me with the...

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
In the annals of cost reduction, two of my favorite stories come from the power of observation. In the first example, one of my colleagues arrived at his client’s office late in the afternoon and noticed a FedEx truck idling in the parking lot.  A half-hour later, he saw the driver of...

Monday, July 9, 2012 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
If your desk is anything like mine, you may wonder what happened to the “paperless office.” First predicted in 1975 to occur by 1990, the paper-free office may actually be arriving, although a good 20+ years behind schedule. What’s taken so long? Economists, psychologists, IT...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Mark Rehl
Regions: United States
This month we examine the possible strategic implications of a thorough factory consumables/MRO area of expense review for manufacturing clients. Common objectives for MRO/Factory Consumables management are to reduce procurement costs, reduce cost of carrying inventory, improve transparency and job...

Monday, June 18, 2012 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
Do you remember Lucy’s “Million Dollar Idea?” She and Ethel concoct Aunt Martha’s old-fashioned salad dressing and sell it for 40-cents a quart. When Lucy realizes it costs more than that to manufacture, she confidently assures Ricky, “Maybe there is no profit on each...

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