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  • The NHS Savings Challenge

    ERA Commentary on: Next Steps on the NHS 5 Year Forward View The 5-year plan was set out in 2014 and predicted that by 2020, the NHS would face an annual shortfall in funding of £30bn, because of a mismatch between patient needs and available resources. The government said it would make an extra £8.4bn available a year by 2020, leaving the NHS to make £22bn a year in efficiency savings. The NHS ha...

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  • Selling online, or looking to? Learn where to save money in international parcel distribution

    For anyone selling online, the lure of new overseas markets can be tempting, but perceived as expensive. While it’s true that a marketing push may be required to gain traction, the internet and e-commerce give businesses an incredible opportunity for growth. Dealing with international sales does bring with it some logistical complications. The international parcel distribution model has historical...

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  • The construction sector’s pro-active cost management of the supply chain allows growth to continue

    Over at the Glass industry’s leading trade journal Glass Times, we learn that the Construction Products Association Q1 report for 2017 has highlighted further growth in construction manufacturing for Q12017. This makes four years of consecutive growth, a great performance, given the input cost pressures manufacturers have been subject to, particularly over the last nine months. It is the heavy sid...

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  • Vodafone abandons roaming charges in 40 countries: what does it really mean for you?

    Some – at least on the face of it – good news for mobile users yesterday with the news that from that date – April 12th – Vodafone has abolished roaming charges for 40 international territories, including the whole of the EU. Reading between the lines, the major takeaway for us is that existing contracts will not be updated until renewal, so as ever, you need to dig below the headlines to get to t...

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  • Waste: A date set in stone

    In the waste and recycling industry, 1st April has always been a key date in the annual calendar; it’s been significant because it is the date that landfill tax increases each year. Between 2008 and 2014 this was a hefty £8 per tonne each year. Now that the annual increases have been pegged to RPI – which leads to an increase of just £1.70 (2.0%) per tonne this year – the tax rise is less of a key...

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  • Business Rates: What now?

    If you know where to look, there has been a lot in the news about Business Rates for the last 18 months. An elongated window – seven years instead of five – a new appeals process and some punitive rises for some have all made the headlines. The Chancellor Phillip Hammond even set aside £300m in the spring budget to assist businesses hit particularly hard. The previous window closed on 31st March a...

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  • ‘Shrinkflation’ hits three big name brands

    A fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote, coupled with problems caused by the rising prices of some commodities, has been blamed for the reduction in pack sizes known as shrinkflation This week, three big name brands are shrinking pack sizes in a bid to fight off passing on prices rises to their consumers. According to reports in The Grocer, The Independent & PackagingNews – Doritos,...

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  • The benefits of effective procurement optimisation

    Following on from a previous article on our blog, we look at the benefits that an effective procurement programme can bring. Effective procurement is yet to be truly embedded in most organisations. For a long time, purchasing was seen as a necessary operational evil. Often non-purchasing trained personnel are responsible for significant buying decisions. Purchasing was often done tactically on an ...

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  • Amazon opens for Business

    This week saw the much mooted launch of Amazon Business in the UK. It could mark a sea change in the market for office consumables, including stationery, janitorial supplies, power tools and IT equipment. At the moment, most mid-market organisations spending more than £40k and above per year on office supplies, often take advantage of the competitive pricing and personal service afforded by dealer...

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  • You may need a pack of tarot cards when reviewing your DX bill

    Things that you may not know about your DX bill: Your Document Exchange (DX) annual subscription is paid in advance. The invoice is based on estimate. The accuracy of the subscription is confirmed solely by DX (the supplier) based on a two week consecutive monitoring period. It is your responsibility to ensure that monitoring is completed accurately by your staff. Monitoring is only completed once...

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  • Packaging: Brexit special report

    Over at Packaging News there is a good piece on how Brexit may affect the packaging industry. Manufacturers are likely to be affected by the lack of migrant workers from the EU, should a hard Brexit limit free movement of people. There are also concerns over regulation and standards – and how that might affect UK industry. See their website for the full article. Please contact us for more informat...

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  • Fuel prices up 17% from last year

    According to the Office of National Statistics, UK average pump prices for diesel fuel for week commencing 20th March 2017 were £1.218ppl – nearly a 1ppl reduction on the previous week! However, compared with a year ago, this is still 18.20ppl (17.56%) higher than the same period last year. Moreover, the wholesale price of diesel measured at the Rotterdam exchange increased by only 10.10ppl (12.44...

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  • Government urged away from capping energy prices

    Five former energy market regulators have warned the government not to intervene and cap energy prices. Many of the major players have announced price hikes in recent weeks, and there is speculation the government plans to protect customers by imposing controls on standard tariffs. PM Theresa May has said the government is due to announce its energy plans very soon, but that the energy market ‘was...

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  • Thames Water receives record fine

    Thames Water has received a blow to its reputation just as the water market opens up for the first time in England. Thames, who have actually exited the market and sold their book of business to Castle Water, received a £20 million fine for a sewage spill. Find out more at the bbc website. Please contact us for more information.   The post Thames Water receives record fine appeared first on Expens...

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  • Expect more cost increases for UK fleets

    The Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in last week’s budget that taxation on diesel cars will be reviewed over the summer with revised legislation being announced in the Autumn Budget 2017. He is quoted as saying “we will continue to explore the appropriate tax treatment for diesel vehicles, and will engage with stakeholders ahead of making any tax changes at Autumn Budget 2017”. At this early s...

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  • Food prices on the increase

    As reported in Supply Management recently, UK wholesale food prices increased 2.9% year-on-year in January, driven up by rocketing vegetable costs. We all saw recently in the media the problems caused by inclement weather in Italy and Spain. Interestingly though for the UK market in particular, domestic production will soon increase and soften the impact of higher import prices. ERA is working act...

  • UK inflation fears stoked

    As reported in Supply Management recently, UK inflation fears are being stoked by cost increases in the Service Sector. There is never a bad time to review costs and this brings to mind a recent graphic… ERA is working actively with many clients to bring clarity to cost generally and the Procurement / Supply Chain Process. If inflation fears do exist then this surely is the time to look deeper int...

  • Card costs for high value transactions

    Stephen Whitlam from our Payments Team explains a key market change and how businesses can manage its potential impact. Most businesses are aware that during 2015 there were dramatic changes in Merchant Acquirer interchange costs for personal card transactions. The cost for credit cards fell significantly from between 0.8% to 1.5% by value to a common level of 0.3%. Visa debit cards, though, saw a...

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  • BT’s stock market value plummets by 1/5th

    It is common knowledge that BT has suffered a large blow to its share price with approximately a fifth of its market value (£8bn) wiped off. This followed the announcement that the Italian business mismanagement was worse than BT originally advised investors in October 2016 and that this would now cost the company £530m as opposed to £145m. More worryingly BT has also warned of a slowdown in some ...

  • The path to world-class procurement

    Any size of organisation, from an SME (or a school!) without a procurement team, to large multinationals with dedicated staff, can make the transition to having a world-class procurement function. Since all businesses exist to make profit, it stands to reason that this applies to your suppliers too. Contracts are often written specifically to crank up margin over time and finance and procurement d...

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  • Applying the Pareto Principle

    The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is a classic. And these things become so for a reason, as noted management guru Peter Drucker observes “There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all”. The principle states that by and large 20% of the cause produces 80% of the consequence. This observation was originally the result of...

  • EU Distribution: what’s changed?

    The impact of the decision to leave the EU last summer is still largely to be felt but, as the March deadline set by Prime Minister May approaches, the consequences for Distribution could be costly for your customers, as well as for you. 2016 might be over and done with, but the decisions made during that strangest of years will have a lasting impact. A scarcely believing media woke to Brexit Brit...

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  • Facilities Management: transparency is key

    For years Facilities Managers (FMs) have had to rely on the relationship with their contractors to know what their assets are doing and whether they are performing effectively. It was often a case of ‘no news is good news’ and if an asset didn’t fail, then that in itself was a measure of success. As equipment becomes more intelligent and is connected to such technologies as energy monitoring and b...

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  • ‘Hybrid Mail’ may be one the best cost saving ideas for your organisation that you have never heard of

    ‘Hybrid Mail’ is not a new concept and adoption across the UK has been slow to take hold, but the anecdotal evidence is that real market traction is now taking place. What is ‘Hybrid Mail’? The term ‘hybrid’ comes from the fact that the mail piece leaves the sender in electronic format, yet the recipient receives a physical letter, invoice or statement. The hybrid mail provider typically maximises...

  • Latest Price Rises for IT Software even higher!

    UK users of enterprise software have already been subjected to various price rises including VMWare and Microsoft, who applied a ‘generous’ hike of up to 22%. This was on top of last years’ hardware increases, which were in the region of 9%. All are blamed on the exchange rate reduction caused by the shock result of the Brexit referendum. Now Adobe has just announced price increases to kick in fro...

  • Energy Market Report – February 2017

    Changeable weather was the key driver in another very volatile month for UK energy prices. Milder weather from mid-January meant that gas prices fell 3% down to 1.64 p/kWh and electricity prices came off about 5% to 4.68p/kWh. Oil prices also fell during January as the increase in the US rig count virtually offset the reduction in oil output by OPEC and non-OPEC countries. The current level of cru...

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  • Energy Headlines – 2 February 2017

    Brent Crude prices remained almost unchanged last week at $55.00/bbl, as yet more US rigs return to operation. OPEC announced that global oil inventories fell by 24 million barrels in the last quarter of 2016. Sterling rose nearly 1.5% reaching its highest value against the US dollar for a month, whilst the dollar lost value following President Trump’s inaugural speech. Milder temperatures saw coa...

  • British Gas Business fined £9.5m for billing errors

    British Gas Business, the arm responsible for billing corporate clients, has been fined £9.5m by Ofgem for overcharging. Innacurate and late billing was blamed on the implementation of a new £40m billing system in 2014. Since then, tens of thousands of UK business customers have been subjected to late and incorrect billing; seeeing their business costs rise. Whilst British Gas reported itself to t...

  • Water: The market opens in April 2017

    April 2017 represents a significant milestone, as the water market in England is deregulated. What is happening? Perhaps the best way to describe what is happening is to look at the example set by Scotland. In 2008 the water market in Scotland was deregulated. Scottish Water remained the wholesaler – and created a retail arm of its own (Business Stream) – whilst other businesses were able to enter...

  • Ongoing Price Hikes, Future Enforced Technology Changes – Time to Review your Telecoms Solutions

    Have you budgeted for the forthcoming increases in communications charges? Announcements to the communications community from a major player has given notice of at least two retail price increases per annum, on rentals, and changes to call costs to its direct customers over the years leading up to ISDN retirement in 2025. Many industry players have followed suit historically and are continuing to ...

  • Ofcom finally enforces legal split of BT & Openreach

    On 29th November Ofcom announced it is proceeding with a formal legal notification to separate the Openreach division from BT Group. The former manages the majority of the UK telephony and data network, which telecoms suppliers (BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Daisy, et al) then resell on to businesses and consumers. This comes after the Telecoms regulator had requested that BT Group split their operations int...

  • Energy Headlines – 24 January 2017

    Brent crude prices remained stable last week at around $55.00 /bbl. The return of a large number of US rigs heralds the prospect of an increase in US output which will go some way to counterbalance the production cuts by OPEC and non OPEC producers. US oil production has risen 6% in the last six months whilst global oil producers recorded that 1.5 million of the forecast 1.8 million bpd reduction ...

  • New Market Intelligence: 17.1!

    We have just finished our latest version of Market Intelligence, our quarterly publication giving you insight and market analysis to achieve better value from suppliers. You can read the whole publication here, and each of the articles will be published on our blog in the coming weeks. This issue introduces you to our recent survey of procurement professionals, which we conducted alongside the Cha...

  • Ofcom fines EE for overcharging customers roaming in the EU

    In the latest Ofcom fine to be handed out, EE has been fined £2.7m for overcharging customers. This follows Vodafone being fined £4.6m back in October 2016 for breaking Ofcom rules and not crediting pay-as-you-go customers after they had paid to top-up. EE overcharged customers for calling their 150 customer service number while roaming in the EU, as well as calls and texts to 150 within the EU be...

  • Are your food costs rising? What can you do about it?

    You may have had notification from your food suppliers that prices are changing.  Although some items will reduce in price the common theme is that you will be paying more for certain items from now on. Why is this so? Can you do anything about it? Why is this so? Save for a few volatile lines, food prices have been pretty static across the board for the last 3 or 4 years.  For the past 2 years or...

  • Vodafone and O2 renegotiate mast deal to expand networks

    Vodafone and O2 are renegotiating their billion-pound deal to share mobile masts known as “Cornerstone”. The Cornerstone deal has been in place since 2012 and allows Vodafone and O2 to share masts so cutting maintenance costs while keeping networks independent.  The terms of the deal are understood to be under discussion to allow both companies more independence to expand their networks as both fa...

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  • Shipping Dominoes

    As reported in Supply Management recently, the collapse of the Hanjin Shipping Company has raised questions in the industry. Increasing capacity at a time when demand in the EU and US for goods produced in the Asia has been reducing is putting pressure in prices. Where might this lead? We spoke to John Shaw – ERA’s sea freight analyst in the Logistics team to get an objective view. “Aspects are st...

  • New Case Study: Sue Ryder

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  • Why travel managers need not be afraid of the rise of Uber

    The last couple of years has seen Uber become a fast-growing and popular transportation company since expanding it’s footprint into Europe. In November 2015, Uber launched business profiles. These allow users to keep their business and personal trips separate. In March this year, the company started working with a number of expense management providers to file expense reports made using business p...

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