What is a cost reduction strategy?
Cost reduction is a process used by many companies reduce overhead and expenses and increase their bottom line. The strategies can vary depending on the complexity of a company’s spend, number of vendors, number of locations, and geographic location. Every decision made over the course the vendor life cycle will impact your cost, and therefore your profitability. Managing the operating costs of a business is a difficult balancing act. With the right cost reduction strategies in place, a business can bring operating costs down and still run a profitable business.
There are some key questions that a management team should consider as part of a focused cost reduction program:
- Have we set a target and how do we know it’s achievable?
- Do we require more transformational change?
- How quickly do we need to get the cost out? Next month? Next year?
- How can we align cost targets with organizational priorities?
- Can we dedicate the team to the project envisioned or do we need help?
- What should our PMO look like (size, structure)?
- Have we considered what the necessary reporting and tracking looks like?
- Do we have a change management plan in place?
- Can we create a better cost culture going forward? How do we keep costs from creeping back in?
- Do we have the right team and leaders to get the job done?
That last question is one that management teams don’t consider often enough.
Most organizations probably have in-house resources that are very capable of managing day to day operations. Every company and organization has the potential to audit their billings, re-negotiate their own vendor contracts and get some form of respectable savings. However, working with an outsourced service provider that brings a broader set of tools and experience to the team, they can often produce better results. Outside experts have superior vendor management expertise, access to document management technology, and an understanding of benchmark analytics that vendor management staff would rarely be able to acquire on their own.
Bottom-line… implement a strategy, challenge the status quo, and make sure you have the right resources in place to optimize your profits.
About Limitless Technology
Limitless Technology, LLC has been managing complex indirect spend and vendor documentation since 2006 for some of the largest companies in the USA saving them millions in costs.
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