cost reduction experts

Our services

"We engaged Red Herring to carry out an extensive benchmarking exercise for our Office Supplies, EOS and Print purchasing categories. The work they did was outstanding." 

Many businesses recognise that they are spending too much on office supplies, or believe that contracts could perform better. However often they simply don’t have the time or specialist knowledge to gain the best deal – but we do.

Whether you want to change supplier or simply benchmark costs, we offer a range of services to ensure the best value for your business. 

And it’s not just office supplies where we are experts. We advise upon and manage multiple office categories including Print, Furniture, Managed Print Solutions (MPS), Janitorial and Catering, Workwear and Archive Storage and Shredding.

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Full Cost Reduction

In the current times of economic and overhead challenge it is essential for businesses to ensure that they are getting the very best deal. This doesn’t always mean the cheapest, but it does mean a competitive sustainable contract; including proactive account management, ongoing innovation and best value for money.

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The office supplies market moves at a rapid pace in terms of pricing, products and innovation. Even when completely satisfied with a supplier it can pay to test the market in a more informal manner.

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We will perform full client and supplier audits to assess the current situation, and help you decide upon future action. This gives a full picture of whether the budget is spent wisely, if there are better alternatives, or perhaps is there discipline applied within purchasing. We will also focus on contract compliance and innovation delivered.

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Supplier Management

Once a contract is signed it tends to go in a drawer and is only referred to when things go wrong – typically when service levels become unacceptable. There is however much more to contract compliance including pricing management and innovation.

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Supplier Consolidation

Increasingly suppliers are offering multiple categories and there are advantages to consolidated purchasing. This option may be identified from the audit process, for example a desire to improve your environmental impact, simplify processes or reduce costs.

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Managed Print Services

Most companies could reduce their print expenditure by up to 30%, making this a must for cost reduction analysis. However, with printing and copying costing the average organisation around £400 per user per year, the ‘paperless office’ is still more myth than reality.

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Tender Services

If you decide to go to market we can manage the tender process for you from start to finish. This includes writing of the RFI/RFP, advice on prospective suppliers and full evaluation of the submissions. A final report will clearly state the options available and recommendations for moving forward.

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Staff Training

As a unique consultancy we offer our knowledge to carry out any necessary staff training in purchasing and sourcing. With a variety of RRP's in the industry non-core management is crucial to managing expenditure; so this is especially useful for large organisations where purchasers are located across multiple sites. Training will help to ensure ongoing best value, contract compliance and best practice.

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CSR Reviews

For those wishing to improve their environmental and corporate social responsibility credentials we can conduct separate reviews to address this. With industry options such as Close the Loop paper recycling, sustainable and eco-friendly products and electric delivery vans, we can make recommendations for suppliers best placed to meet your company’s values.

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