Thu 30 Aug 2007
Cost Reduction Strategies for Your Business
In today's fast paced world, where every business is striving to maximize profits and survive cutthroat competition, implementing cost reduction strategies is one guaranteed way of enhancing the productivity of your small business and boosting your profits.
It isn't easy, but it can be done!
Procurement — An Area Where Cost Reduction Strategies Are Effective
One of the areas where every business incurs huge expenses is procurement. Things like raw materials, inbound and outbound logistics, storing and warehousing and the manufacturing process can run your business to the poorhouse if not managed effectively.
Procurement of raw materials to produce your company's products and services constitutes a major portion of the business purchases and costs. Any efforts that you make in this direction to cut costs will make a considerable difference and will increase profits.
Here are a few tips on procurement that work well as cost reduction strategies.
Buying In Bulk
Buying from wholesalers rather then retailers definitely works in the favor of your small business by reducing your purchasing costs significantly. I strongly recommend that you practice a central buying policy, which will help you to keep rising costs at bay. Consolidating your business units will enable you to negotiate better deals. Avoid making purchases for single units.
You can get better bargains if you secure a contract for annual procurement of all your raw materials from a specific vendor. This way, you can get better prices for all your purchases. In addition, you can take advantage of free deliveries of the raw materials and cut your costs even further. However, before you decide on bulk buying, ensure that you have systems in place for efficient handling and storing the materials.
Opportunity Buying And E-Procurement
All raw materials pass through the fluctuating ups and downs of the price cycle. During some months, the prices may shoot up again - in other months, they will drop considerably. Always use common sense when buying your raw materials, meaning, do it during the low phase, which will increase your savings.
Today, the Internet has made it possible to benefit from competitive bidding, online ordering and online price quotations. This can save your small business both time and money.
Cutting costs isn't easy — but by following the steps above, you'll be on your way to a more profitable business.