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.

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...

Monday, June 4, 2012 by Greg Brown
Regions: United States
Do you believe that suppliers’ national pricing agreements are better than local or regional agreements? What you may not have taken into consideration is that supplier pricing is often driven by local market factors, such as competition or a supplier’s interest in penetrating a certain...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Lewis Carroll once wrote “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”.  Although written in a different time – and for a very different purpose - this quote clearly describes the dilemma many companies face when attempting to develop...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Companies continue to search for tips to help office employees develop and implement more effective and comprehensive recycling initiatives. With a solid recycling program, companies can reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money.  Unfortunately, many office recycling programs fall...

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Jim Agnew
Regions: United States
Are you up to the Challenge? Many public and private businesses use some form of security service – typically involving electronic surveillance, physical security – or a combination of both. In a fragmented industry, with numerous qualified and available suppliers, selecting and...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Robert Roy
Regions: United States
A recent Ernst & Young/Greenbiz Group Report notes that CFOs are taking a bigger role in Corporate Sustainability programs because of the financial impact of these programs in their cost reduction and risk management programs. A significant 74% of survey respondents said that cost reduction was...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Richard DeLuca
Regions: United States
Healthcare providers, who continue to operate under tremendous pressure to improve quality while reducing costs, may find some relief following Best Practices for their medical and pharmaceutical spend. As a healthcare provider, this spend can range anywhere from 2% to 15% of your total expenses....

Monday, March 5, 2012 by Charles Warren
Regions: United States
Mobile device management (MDM) and the management of the applications on mobile devices is very much a growing concern for enterprise corporate liable accounts. That’s why before going to market, it’s critical that you first determine a strategy for your workforce to use mobile devices...

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