Manufacturer Reduces Costs Without Operational or Vendor Changes
November 1, 20233 mins read

Manufacturer Reduces Costs Without Operational or Vendor Changes

$405,000 in Annual Savings

  • $2.2 million in annual spending reviewed
  • 19% reduction in key spend areas worth $405,000 in annual savings
  • Maintained key vendor relationships and current service levels


Manufacturer of custom, high-tech electronics for the automotive, aerospace, and
commercial fire protection industries with three U.S. factories and a design center.


Efficiency and waste reduction are hallmarks of world-class manufacturers. Most leading
companies in the industry focus on complex, expensive, and time-consuming operational
excellence initiatives and often overlook much easier-to-correct sources of waste such as
overspending on business services. Company executives were intrigued with SIB’s ability to
significantly reduce overhead costs without disrupting operations or changing vendors. As
a company renowned for cutting-edge innovation and serving critical industries, they saw
SIB’s services to ensure that every aspect of its operations is as streamlined as possible,
including its vendor contracts.


Conduct in-depth reviews of various fixed costs totaling more than $2.2 million in
annual spending. Because the client relied heavily on credit card payments to sell its
products around the world, credit card processing fees were of specific interest in addition
to the shipping costs associated with delivering those purchases to customers.

SIB quickly uncovered hidden sources of overspending, including arbitrary interchange
fees—or fees to cover the cost and risk of card based-transactions—that merchant services
vendors often tack onto invoices without any clear explanation or description. Through
education and training provided by SIB, our client, developed interchange optimization
processes, including adding more information at the time of purchase to boost transaction
security, which allows the company to maintain desired pricing levels and avoid
downgrades that ultimately increase fees. This, along with switching to a more transparent
rate structure with SIB’s help, allowed them to stay with their current processor while
saving more than $180,000 in annual credit card processing fees.

The company was also able to maintain its relationships with its mail and shipping carriers
while eliminating several fees amounting to nearly $90,000 in unnecessary annual
expenses. Through comprehensive analysis of their shipping data and parcel activity, SIB
identified opportunities to optimize discounts and negotiate with carriers to reduce
surcharges, minimum charges, and other extraneous fees.

Reviews and audits of other spend areas including waste management and recycling,
payroll processing, phone, and internet services revealed additional opportunities to
renegotiate contracts with incumbent vendors and take advantage of best-in-class pricing
structures. In many cases, these lucrative sign-and-save opportunities required nothing
more than a signature of approval by the client’s leadership team, making the hundreds of
thousands in savings captured some of the easiest financial gains the company has ever


Our client achieved $405,000 in annual savings and reduced spending in select spend areas by 19% with limited efforts, no vendor changes, and no upfront investment or complex changes to operations.

  • Treasury and merchant services annual savings: $193,000
    • Negotiated fee rate reductions with merchants and banks
    • Increased transparency of credit card fee rate structure
    • Enacted interchange optimization strategies to reduce transaction risk and
      further lower credit card processing fees
    • Maintained incumbent processor
  • Shipping and fulfillment annual savings: $91,000
    • Negotiated incentive improvements with carriers
    • Achieved surcharge concessions
    • Secured minimum net charge and dimensional weight relief
    • Maintained relationships with key carriers
  • Waste and recycling annual savings: $83,000
    • Rescued pricing with current vendors while maintaining service levels
    • Capped annual price increases at 8%
    • Eliminated termination penalties
  • Payroll processing annual savings: $26,000
  • Telecom and Internet annual savings: $12,000

With virtually zero upfront investment and limited hours of effort by the manufacturer, the
company quickly captured $400,000+ in savings that drop directly to its bottom line,
increasing the company’s EBITDA value. The client gained peace of mind knowing its

spending was optimized, giving the organization more money to confidently invest in
innovation that will help its high-profile clients continue to advance their industries.

Savings Highlights:

  • $2.2 million in annual spending reviewed
  • 19% reduction in key spend areas worth $405,000 in annual savings
  • Notable spend areas: credit card processing, bank fees, shipping, waste removal,
    payroll processing, and telecom
  • Sign-and-save opportunities with no upfront investment or operational changes
  • Maintained key vendor relationships and current service levels

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