Profit Siphons Exposed

After 18 years serving clients as an office equipment sales representative/employee, I accepted a partnership opportunity to start a new dealership.

During my transition from sales rep to dealership principal, I discovered how much “I didn’t know I didn’t know” about the inner secrets of my industry. It was a humbling experience after having invested over 18 years and thinking I already was an “industry insider”.

It occurred to me that if I didn’t know these “industry insider” secrets after working inside the industry every day, there was no way that as a customer you could know either…and that fact is costing you hundreds of thousands of profit dollars. I coined the term “Profit Siphon” to describe the gap between information that’s available to you as a customer and the vendor’s “industry insiders” secrets.

When asked why I maintain that Profit Siphons are invisible, in response, I ask what information you feel is available to you as a customer. Depending upon your company and the effort invested by your procurement team the answer varies from one to all the following:

  • Your current product/service, current costs and vendor support offering
  • Results of a bid request to your incumbent and competing vendors
  • Cost and vendor support information from peer sized company
  • Cost and vendor support information from a GPO organization

Even if you know all 4, you still don’t know what’s possible.  And not knowing what’s possible is what makes Profit Siphons invisible.  It’s this gap where Profit Siphons live.

Every organization has Profit Siphons and they’re always larger than imagined.

For more a complimentary Special Report exposing the 19 reasons Profit Siphons are stealing your hard earned profit,           click here.

To effectively eliminate Profit Siphons it requires 4 critical components:

  • An intimate knowledge of an industry’s cost components and cost of goods benchmarks. And this knowledge needs to come from inside the vendor side of the industry, not the buying/end user side.
  • Firsthand knowledge of an industry’s service support capabilities and cost of goods benchmarks.
  • A thorough knowledge of the industry’s language and unique jargonYou must be seen as an “industry insider” or peer to be presented the very best the industry has to offer.
  • Daily involvement in the industry.

If you immerse yourself in an industry only once every 3-5 years (managing your current vendor doesn’t count) the refamiliarization ramp-up is time consuming, brain numbing and you’ll inevitably miss nuances and details that will be costly. 

After selling my interest in the dealership, one of my business owner friends asked if I could determine if he was losing profit. I reverse engineered the vendor’s sales process to eradicate the Profit Siphons that I already knew were draining his profits.

Vendor communication was constructed in a way that the vendors understand they are working with an industry peer and respond accordingly.

Your key benefits:

  • Your current product/service and vendor support standards are benchmarked and are GUARANTEED to be maintained (typically they’re enhanced)
  • Your hard dollar costs are significantly reduced (by at least an amount GUARANTEED upfront), lost profit is recaptured
  • You’re guided through a process which makes comparisons of your product/service and vendors easy

The hard dollar results for my friend’s company were staggering.  It was here that BottomLine Advantage was born.

Then we designed a business model for you that ensures profit loss recapture to be stress and risk free:

  • It’s performance based
  • There is NO upfront cost
  • Minimal time is needed from your staff
  • You remain in complete control of all milestone decisions
  • Product/service quality and requirements as well as vendor support standards are benchmarked and GUARANTEED to be maintained (typically exceeded)
  • You do not have to change vendors
  • Your hard dollar results are GUARANTEED upfront with a significant penalty to us if not delivered
  • Only after hard dollar results are delivered and approved by you is our fee earned
  • Basically, we removed any concerns and made it a “no brainer” for you to discover your profit loss recapture potential
BottomLine Advantage’s team of niche experts can eradicate your Profit Siphons in all of these G&A expense categories:
  • Document production
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy/ Utilities
  • Information Technology
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Office Furniture
  • HR Benefits
  • Office Supplies
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Vehicles/Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Shipping
  • And More

To discover what your own profit recapture potential is or if you have questions, contact us at any of the following:

Phone: 800.400.0102
24 hour recorded message: 800.991.3552
Fax: 888.499.3601

How Can We Help?

Our mission is to identify and eliminate “Profit Siphons” that are insidiously draining away hundreds of thousands of your profit dollars.

Your process minimized the time needed from me and my staff and as promised delivered savings that far exceed my expectations. Overall, it was a great experience which recaptured hundreds of thousands of hard budget dollars that had been invisible to us. I should add that we enhanced our vendor support agreement as well.

Tim Gentry
VP, Corporate Finance, Zayo Group

During the project, we stayed in control of all milestone decisions, had minimal time invested and saw significant cost reduction as well as improvements to our vendor support commitments.

Eric Newman
Corporate Controller, Saddle Creek Logistics Services

As a result of contracting with BottomLine Advantage not only did we save money, I gained valuable knowledge for use with future contracts.

Debbie Robinson
Manager of Facilities and Office Services, Newmont Mining

I now realize that the industry specific knowledge and experience your firm possesses was invaluable to our success. We secured better pricing than I thought possible coupled with vendor support guarantees that surpassed our prior vendor agreements. The short answer is I really couldn’t have done internally what BottomLine Advantage accomplished for us.

Bruce Green
Corporate Director of Purchasing, Loews Hotels

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