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Shop Local, a Real-World Business Tale

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tirlapur
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Re : Shop Local, a Real-World Business Tale
tirlapur   9/22/2013 9:42:54 AM
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@ Jacob, you made a relevant point indeed. Downsizing teams at the bottom and middles levels doesn't only hurt those low and medium paid workers but also affects the smooth functioning of the organization as well. It is at the bottom and middle level where bulk of the work is executed. Cut the executioners, you cut the valuable work as well that they do.

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Re : Shop Local, a Real-World Business Tale
tirlapur   9/22/2013 9:42:12 AM
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@ t.alex, It might not cost much when we look at it as a standalone expense, but in the bigger pictures, every bit counts. What we need to think is how many such low expense things are there. Austerity measures always start from such small things. In our search, we can find some big things as well that would save us much more money.

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t.alex   9/6/2013 10:06:39 AM
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Hailey, definitely this kind of fear has to be wiped out completely from companies. I believe this only happen in big companies, not the small ones.

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Logistics anyone?
HaileyMcK   9/4/2013 11:36:37 PM
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For those that want to understand the broader impact of this type of issue, make sure you read Gerry Faye's post Getting More For Less Out of Your Logistics Operations. It provides an excellent look at how cutting costs is important throughout the supply chain.

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HaileyMcK   9/4/2013 10:47:41 PM
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@t.alex, i would argue that the "penny wise, dollar foolish" rule would apply here. Certainly, the pencils, pens, and paper are a small bit of the budget but it points to something in the corporate DNA--a fear based need to keep stuff in hand. I imagine that if that's the corporate culture, it would trace all the way to the bigger purchases.

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FLYINGSCOT   9/4/2013 11:46:24 AM
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If we all spent company money as if it were our own then we'd be a lot better off. Unfortunately the budgeting process in many compaies is more of a game of cat and mouse.

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Punish good deeds
Eldredge   9/3/2013 8:43:33 PM
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Unfortunately, many organizations punish cost-conscious departments or individuals by creating an environment that encourages to "spend the budget this year" or you will be given a resticted budget next year.

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Accurate budget save cost
Lily   9/2/2013 2:55:34 AM
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Usually, in the budget of small things, such as paper, pen, possible need are added into budget, but to accurate need. Maybe after recycle and reuse this account can be out of shopping list. 

What's the new CEO do is a good reminder. 

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t.alex   9/1/2013 10:11:15 AM
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Well, I would have a slightly different take. 

These are stationary items and would not cost much anyway. What really matters are the big purchase or the complicated contract decisions that might cost the company million of dollars. These really need strong shaking of the management rather than stationary items.

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Budjectory constrains
Jacob   8/31/2013 11:53:10 PM
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'A friend recently shared a story with me. Her company had been subject to budget cuts over the past several years. Each year the question wasn't if there would be cuts, but rather how much would be shaved off an already tight budget.'

Frank, I think majority of our community members may have similar story to share, I meant that its common in all companies, especially when there is a financial instability.



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