Situational Analysis

July 6th, 2012

With staff reductions across the board; how are you using consultants to help assess performance in all areas of your company?”

Today’s post is by Mark Davis; Sr. Vice President of Operations and CTO at SafeSourcing.

Over the past few years most companies have had to face a reduction of staff, either due to the economy or due to the large group of Baby Boomers exiting the workforce.  More important than the number of staff leaving is the level of expertise companies are losing in this process from employees with decades of experience.  

Combine this with the fact that how companies are being run and the technology they are using to run it is changing frequently, it creates an opportunity for consulting companies to perform assessments to help companies begin to make the changes they need to make to stay competitive.  In today’s blog we will look at a few of these areas that are increasing in their use by companies around the world.

Telecommunications – With technology changing so frequently, it makes it difficult to know whether you’re always getting the best solution for your company. Assessment companies can ensure you are getting the maximum telecom cost reduction—often with improved services or features.  Some services that are usually reviewed are cellular, local & long Distance, and telephone systems

Utilities –Energy industry deregulation has increased the competition among suppliers, with no barriers to changing suppliers. Consultants in this field continually monitor prices and industry forecasts.  Many times they can also provide a Group Purchasing Organization for high-volume discounts.

Waste Removal – In many industries consultants can not only assist with reducing waste removal costs, but can also create a revenue stream for recyclable waste.   Expense Consulting can manage solid waste, recyclable, paper shredding as just a few.

Packaging – Besides helping to negotiate prices on product packaging, containers, and packing materials consultants can help select and specify the most appropriate type of packaging for every need.  They can also help you realize savings through optimum purchase volumes and inventory control on corrugated, packaging materials, and retail packaging.

Printing –Internet printing companies can offer significant cost savings, and digital printing and with color-matching technology as good as it is, it has virtually eliminated the need for on-site proofing and pre-press reviews. The following are some of the categories with great savings potential:  Labels,  forms, marketing material, business cards, letterhead & envelopes.

For more information about how SafeSourcing can help connect you with the right company to assess your usage and proper needs in these areas, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.  

We look forward to your comments.

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