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Stagnating revenue growth, intense competition, pressure on pricing, and the list of challenges facing businesses goes on. With vigilance on cost leading the agenda every year since the 2008 financial crises, it's easy to think that every possible inefficiency has already been driven out, cost-saving targets have been met and headcounts have been sufficiently cut. But the data tell a different story. Costs are eating into profit margins. Many companies' financial results are lackluster. The fact that cost reduction remains a primary concern confirms that the task is incomplete.
This paper outlines the common pitfalls that leads to costs overtaking profits and strategic ways to overcome these roadblocks to cost savings