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Corporate Cost Reduction
February 2014

5 Ways to Make Your Business Resolutions Stick

imageJanuary is a crazy month at the gym. It’s no surprise that just about everyone makes fitness one of his or her top resolutions every year. February is not so crazy though. What happened? Well, like most goals, they go by the way side and after the initial excitement has worn off, we settle back into our normal pre-new year ways.

Resolutions and strategic changes for your business are no different. They are exciting initially, but once that wears off you are left wondering why you ever decided to do this in the first place. What’s more, you cheat one day and skip the desired activity. Then you skip another day. Before you know it, it’s the end of the year and you cannot even remember what it was you set out to do because it has been so long since you have even done it.

Making resolutions stick is important so that you can keep them going even when the initial excitement has worn off. The following are 5 ways to help you make them stick.
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In today's competitive business environment, success is continually measured by bottom-line results.  Beginning in 1993, CCR has used a proven system for expense reduction that has been directly responsibile for generating significant cost savings for clients in many industries.

We generally target indirect and consumable expense categories. We sometimes look at our client's direct spend and utilize technologies such as reverse auctions.  Our strategy is to consolidate the number of suppliers, leverage the spend, negotiate better terms with our client's existing suppliers, and/or recommend a proven alternative supplier.  Our process is effective and we do all the work!

Regardless of the size of your organization, savings can almost always be generated.  Best of all, our services are contigency based.  No savings, no fee! 

To learn more about CCR, click here or contact Vic Ronder at consulting@ercinc.com

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Set Goals for This Year with These 3 Questions

imageIt's easy to let go of the past and move on with the present. Surely, you're already thinking about how much bigger and better this year is going to be. But, before too much time passes, there is one activity every entrepreneur must do at the start of the new year: look back to look forward.
Einstein said it's "all relative," and, this goes for your business as well. You see, you're only as far as you "think" you are. Often, it's difficult to recognize the progress that has been made when there's still so much left to do. Now let's bring another great mind into the discussion.
It was Shakespeare who said, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." If you want next year to look any different and achieve even bigger goals, pause long enough to answer these two questions: Where did things go well? What could I have done better?
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How We Saved a Restaurant More Than 100K a Year

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For restaurant owners, basic steps like reeling in costs can lead to success, while simple mistakes such as poor menu choices may lead to failure.
For example, one restaurant my consulting agency rescued was spending an extra $2,500 a week on unnecessary food expenses. That is a lot of money for any business, especially for a new, 35-seat restaurant just trying to get off the ground. Fortunately, we were able to turn this around.
By employing a simple, common sense food budgetary approach, we helped this restaurant get its financial house in order. By doing so, we were able to get the expenses under control, saving the company approximately $130,000 a year.
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5 Tips for Saving Money on Shipping

imageShipping merchandise can be one of the most complicated operations for any small business. Poor or no planning can result in owners overpaying, as well as losing sales if the company can't provide consistent and cost-effective delivery to customers.
For businesses that don't often send larger shipments of several pallets at a time or can't afford to hire a logistics provider to manage its shipping services, developing a set of guidelines can be essential.
"Effectively managing shipping costs directly affects a small business's bottom line," says Don Anderson, vice president of transportation services at Tompkins Associates, a Raleigh, N.C.-based supply chain and distribution operations consulting firm that works with large and small businesses. "Every dollar saved in transportation translates to an equal improvement in financial performance."
Here's a look at several factors business owners should consider ahead of time before shipping their products to customers...
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