Lucky letter helps Universal Printing and Manufacturing find hidden savings

Consultants find savings of over $160,000

As a producer of paper-based small games of chance, it’s fitting that Universal Printing and Manufacturing Co. took advantage of a bit of luck that landed on the  CEO’s desk ─ a letter from Expense Reduction Analysts.

Recognizing the value of potentially finding extra savings, the CEO forwarded the letter to the company’s CFO, who hired Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA). 

Universal is a $29 million company in Kansas City, MO, with about 270 employees. It supplies wholesalers and distributors with “jar tickets” (small folded and banded slips of paper containing symbols, numbers and other configurations) and other paper products used by organizations for charitable fundraising.

Packaging involves 120 different boxes

The CFO asked ERA to review small package freight as well as packaging expenses related to the purchase of approximately 120 different corrugated boxes.

Consultants found savings in both cost categories. 

“I’m glad we asked for ERA’s assistance,” said Mike Dehlic, Vice President of Operations for Universal. “We were able to invest the savings generated toward new printing equipment.”

“Thanks to ERA’s analysis, negotiations and monitoring, we’re pleased with our savings and expect our luck to hold when ERA looks at other categories,” said Dehlic.

Universal used its hidden savings of over $160,000 to invest in new printing equipment.

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