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100 Great Cost-Cutting Ideas

Book Description

Every company is now in the business of reducing costs wherever and whenever they can. No business owner or manager can avoid cost-cutting if they are to succeed, or indeed survive. This book contains 100 great ideas to reduce and save costs in business organisations. Researched from leading companies around the world, each idea is described in a succinct way. You are then shown how to apply that idea to your own business situation. A simple formula which has the potential to reap great rewards.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. The Ideas
    1. 1 A drop in the ocean
    2. 2 A fresh set of eyes
    3. 3 A healthy bottom line
    4. 4 A powerful argument
    5. 5 A question of respect
    6. 6 A risky business
    7. 7 A shared vision
    8. 8 A taxing question
    9. 9 An offer you can’t accept
    10. 10 Be careful what you wish for!
    11. 11 Be resourceful!
    12. 12 Be vigilant
    13. 13 Buyer aware!
    14. 14 Can I speak to...?
    15. 15 Capitalising on your investment
    16. 16 Cheaper by default
    17. 17 Check-out assistants are supposed to check
    18. 18 Choose your partners
    19. 19 Coded messages
    20. 20 Complexity breeds cost
    21. 21 Cupcakes, champagne and murder
    22. 22 Do you have a hockey stick?
    23. 23 Does anyone use this?
    24. 24 Does everyone know what caused the fire?
    25. 25 Does size matter?
    26. 26 Don’t believe everything you read!
    27. 27 Don’t just put out the fire
    28. 28 Don’t stop before you’ve arrived at your destination!
    29. 29 Don’t try to do everything!
    30. 30 Excessive behaviour
    31. 31 Finding gems
    32. 32 Get it invoiced!
    33. 33 Getting help... and helping others
    34. 34 Go forth and multiply
    35. 35 How are you doing?
    36. 36 I could do something with that!
    37. 37 If inventory is an asset...
    38. 38 Interesting thoughts
    39. 39 Involve everyone
    40. 40 Is your Working Capital working?
    41. 41 It fell off the back of a lorry
    42. 42 It’s all a bit of a muddle...
    43. 43 Just what they want – and no more!
    44. 44 Keep your eye on the till
    45. 45 Keeping everyone fed and watered
    46. 46 Keeping up standards
    47. 47 Keeping your dogs under control
    48. 48 Killer watts
    49. 49 Make sure you’re not inadvertently increasing costs!
    50. 50 Managing expectations
    51. 51 Mavericks and other challenging personalities
    52. 52 Milk those cows!
    53. 53 Not that again!
    54. 54 Now you’re rolling!
    55. 55 Poetry in motion!
    56. 56 Printing money
    57. 57 Processes not parishes
    58. 58 Producing rubbish
    59. 59 Read carefully
    60. 60 Single point failure
    61. 61 Spare a thought
    62. 62 Spending time...
    63. 63 Staring into space
    64. 64 Stars, cows and dogs
    65. 65 Storing up trouble
    66. 66 Straight to the bottom line!
    67. 67 Taken to the cleaners
    68. 68 Taking stock
    69. 69 Targeting resources
    70. 70 TBA – To be avoided
    71. 71 Tell people what things cost
    72. 72 That’s what you ordered
    73. 73 The death spiral
    74. 74 The smell of money
    75. 75 To keep or not to keep
    76. 76 Too successful to survive!
    77. 77 Trained to perfection
    78. 78 Trouble in stores
    79. 79 Under pressure
    80. 80 Understand what you’re giving away
    81. 81 Understanding the market
    82. 82 Unlikely partners
    83. 83 Waste not want not
    84. 84 We’ll put that right later...
    85. 85 What a difference a day makes
    86. 86 What did Big Ben say to the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
    87. 87 What’s this worth to you?
    88. 88 When things go wrong
    89. 89 Where should we make this?
    90. 90 Where there’s a problem there’s cost
    91. 91 Whet appetites!
    92. 92 Who is your cost czar?
    93. 93 Who pays the ferryman?
    94. 94 Who sets the selling price?
    95. 95 Why don’t they just pay up?
    96. 96 Why is that inventory here?
    97. 97 You can read it in the stars
    98. 98 You may have saved time...
    99. 99 You tell me what we need to do!
    100. 100 You’re not stopping are you?
    101. Explanation of terms