Moerman Group (Belgium)
Industry sector: Manufacturing of cleaning tools
Cost categories: Logistics, packaging
About the project
With over 125 years of experience, Moerman in the Flanders region is active in developing, producing and marketing durable and innovative cleaning tools, more specifically floor and window squeegees and related accessories for both the professional and retail markets.
Expense Reduction Analysts consultant Geert Verhenne was referred to the CEO of Moerman. Everyone in the company, from Purchasing to Operations had always been involved in cost management, and therefore curious to see what ERA could achieve.
The project focused on two main cost categories: packaging and logistics. The consultants investigated the spend and genuine requirements of the company, and took into account both the desire for caution and the reluctance in switching suppliers. Indeed, the client had a very good relationship with their suppliers but, here and there price-levels could be adjusted; ERA managed to renegotiate new prices and to introduce some new suppliers. Thanks to the follow-up of ERA continuous improvement is achieved.
In the area of packaging, all boxes were examined to determine the best quality to meet the company requirements and offer alternative suppliers with equivalent or superior quality and better prices; this, and an improvement of the ordering internal process, led to savings of around 7%.
The effort on logistics enabled savings of around 10%.
What the client says
“This was a smooth collaboration that went well beyond our expectations; ERA was very understanding of our cautious approach, investigated things thoroughly and we are very satisfied with the outcome.”
Serge Braun, CEO
What Expense Reduction Analysts says
“This is a well-organised company, and it was both interesting and easy to work for them: they asked the right questions and we worked as true partners, leading to good results.”
Geert Verhenne, Client Manager
The Expense Reduction Analysts Team
Logistics: around 12%
Packaging: around 7%