Cover image for How to save your company big $$$ in small ways : true stories of real companies
Title:
How to save your company big $$$ in small ways : true stories of real companies
Author:
Freeman, Allyn.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xvi, 217 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471298236
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library HD47.3 .F73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

What was the suggestion of two couriers at FedEx that saved the company $32,000?

How did a site visit at 2:00 am help a New England sports complex cut its utility costs from $45,000 to $20,000? And where did a computer-savvy summer intern find $60,000 in savings for a New York brokerage firm?

How to Save Your Company Big $$$ in Small Ways examines the little things companies can do to reduce waste, increase efficiency, and achieve greater profit. One of the greatest little sources of savings is an effective employee suggestion program. When two couriers at FedEx were encouraged to speak up, their suggestion on improving sorting saved the company $32,000. And when a New Jersey utility company implemented the suggestions of two of its employees and began using inexpensive decals instead of paint for the logo on their trucks, they saved $300,000 in materials and labor. Other companies are doing small things to generate huge savings in technology, waste reduction, advertising, insurance, energy costs, and more. Simple tips like shredding waste paper to use as packaging material save material and labor. Employing fundamental electronic technology saved Hewlett-Packard $300,000 in mailing costs when the company put its annual report online. Throughout this book, you'll find the author's own "suggestion boxes" filled with resources, contacts, and the many ways real companies are saving real money.


Author Notes

Allyn Freeman is a writer and business consultant who has written numerous articles for leading business journals. His television credits include M*A*S*H and Hart to Hart. He holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School and is the coauthor of Why Didn't I Think of That? Bizarre Origins of Ingenious Inventions We Couldn't Live Without.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 Take a Long, Hard Look at the Way You Do Things "A Foolish Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds"
1. Don't Paint Your Wagonp. 3
2. Employees Know Bestp. 5
Suggestion Box: Shredded Wastep. 7
3. The Price Is Wrongp. 8
4. Energy Drivenp. 10
Suggestion Box: Many Energy-Saving Ideasp. 11
5. Intern Shippingp. 13
6. Wash Day Bluesp. 15
Suggestion Box: Calculating Energy Efficienciesp. 16
7. Penny-Pinchers on Paradep. 18
8. Plain Not Fancyp. 21
Suggestion Box: The Mail Bagp. 22
9. Flying Miss Daisy, Notp. 24
10. Don't Bank On Itp. 26
Suggestion Box: Fax Factsp. 27
11. Crossing the Barp. 30
12. Check-ing Outp. 32
Suggestion Box: State Unemployment Boonp. 33
13. K Is for Kickback, Kmart, and Krollp. 35
14. Flick Those Savingsp. 37
Suggestion Box: Recognition Timep. 38
15. Piece of the Piep. 40
16. Work Less, Save Moneyp. 42
Suggestion Box: Four New Hiring Savingsp. 43
17. On-Line All the Timep. 45
18. Savings On-Linep. 47
Suggestion Box: Paper Profitsp. 48
19. E-Mail in Savingsp. 49
20. Imagine Imagingp. 52
Suggestion Box: Overcoming Resistancep. 53
21. Particle Removalp. 55
22. Double Headerp. 57
Suggestion Box: Four Advertising Savingsp. 58
23. Ideas That Added Up and Upp. 60
24. Employee Empowerment? Au Contrairep. 63
Suggestion Box: Information Centralp. 65
25. Arbitrate, Mediate, Savep. 67
26. The Tax Collector Comethp. 70
Suggestion Box: Marketing's Magnificent Cost-Cutting Sevenp. 71
27. Oh, Oh, Video!p. 73
28. Intro to Conferencing by Videop. 75
Suggestion Box: Wellness Worksp. 76
29. Video Money Saversp. 78
30. Glorious Technicolor and Stereophonic Soundp. 80
Suggestion Box: Four Cleaning Tipsp. 82
31. Video Previewp. 84
32. That's Recruitmentp. 86
Suggestion Box: More Payroll Savings Plansp. 88
33. Audio- and Videoconferencing--How Much Is Really Saved?p. 89
34. Ergo, Ergonomicsp. 91
35. Wellness Savingsp. 94
36. The Art of Physical Testingp. 96
37. Cyberloafersp. 98
Suggestion Box: Four Ways To Reduce Absenteeismp. 100
Suggestion Box: The Mother Of All Suggestionsp. 101
Part II Do It Yourself "The Helping Hand You're Looking For Is at the End of Your Arm"
38. Drive Timep. 105
39. On the Linep. 107
40. A Good Endingp. 109
41. One-Stop Shoppingp. 111
Suggestion Box: To Thine Own Self-Insurance Be Truep. 113
42. A Tisket, a Tasketp. 114
43. In-House One Stepp. 116
44. The Handyperson Comethp. 118
Suggestion Box: Vendor Trainingp. 119
Part III Don't Do Everything Yourself: Outsource! "Many Hands Make Light Work"
45. Payroll Savings Planp. 123
46. Unbundle and Outsourcep. 125
47. It's a Wrapp. 127
48. Lawful Ambitionsp. 129
Suggestion Box: Don't Discard Those Computers, Have Them Appraisedp. 130
49. Fax Litep. 132
50. Supplier on Boardp. 134
51. The Unemployee-ment Planp. 136
Suggestion Box: Word of Mouthp. 137
52. Hand It Over to the Prosp. 139
53. No Savings, No Costp. 141
Part IV Renegotiate Old Financial Agreements "Make Me an Offer I Can't Refuse"
54. Out of Commissionp. 145
55. The Shape of Shippingp. 147
56. Getting Cardedp. 149
57. Association Insurancep. 151
Suggestion Box: Santa Claus's Bag and Go Fishp. 152
58. School Daysp. 155
59. Modeling for Real Estatep. 157
60. Take It or Leave Itp. 159
61. Lend Leasesp. 160
Suggestion Box: Equipment Maintenance Contractsp. 161
62. Not a Straight Linep. 163
63. The New and the Cheapp. 164
64. Let's Make an Air Dealp. 165
65. Light Airp. 167
Suggestion Box: Litigation Budgetingp. 169
66. Incentive Lawyeringp. 170
67. Insurance Reclassificationp. 171
68. Join the Quality Clubp. 173
Suggestion Box: Mailing List Maniap. 174
69. Bartertown, U.S.A.p. 176
70. Many Bartering Storiesp. 179
71. She'll Take Manhattanp. 181
Suggestion Box: Condition Terms of Endearmentp. 183
Part V Buy Cheaper Raw Materials and Supplies "I Can Get It for You Wholesale"
72. Cruising for Dollarsp. 187
73. Aftermarket Purchasingp. 189
74. His Perfect Idahop. 191
75. Returned for Creditp. 193
Suggestion Box: Four Supply Side-Saving Ideasp. 195
76. What's the Score?p. 197
77. All Bottled Upp. 200
78. Found Moneyp. 202
Suggestion Box: In the Black with Fewer Pink and Yellow Padsp. 203
79. Singing the Savings Electricp. 205
80. Profitable Un-vendoringp. 207
Suggestion Box: Toning Upp. 209
81. Scrooge Timep. 210
Indexp. 213

Google Preview