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Managing travel spending without impacting sales

More and more companies are under pressure to control travel spending without compromising sales activities and client relationships. In 2009, American Express and CFO Research launched a study to review decisions companies made to help them sustain profitability coming out of the recession. Many of the insights we discovered are still relevant today. And business travel is a great example of that.

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Getting to the new normal: Finance executives on managing more conservative and competitive organizations

Discover what leading companies done to ready themselves for a new era of business growth and opportunity. This white paper examines the topic in further detail and presents evidence that companies have pared back their operations and streamlined their organizations on the way to adopting a more conservative approach to running their businesses as the recovery takes hold.

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Spend with confidence, improve the bottom line

83 percent of CFOs are spending more time refining cash management processes. And what they’ve found is a liquidity opportunity in the area of supplier settlement. Back-office efficiencies and renegotiating business terms with creditors are no longer satisfying cash-management objectives. Companies are re-examining the entire source-to-settle process, in particular settlement itself – securing the most advantageous settlement vehicle for each supplier.

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Shifting focus to profitability

With near-term growth prospects limited, companies are now adopting decision-making frameworks and frequent, flexible reporting that will allow them to adjust to a constantly shifting economic landscape.

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The impact of payment automation on bottom line savings

There is opportunity for substantial cost savings via automation in accounts payable departments – typically as much as 40-50 percent. In this study, recently conducted by the Aberdeen Group, the benefits of payment automation proved to be significant. In addition to excellent cost savings, companies stand to gain float as the suppliers who accept electronic payments benefit from faster speed of payment.

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Getting the most for every dollar: Tools and strategies for expense management at mid-size companies

Through a survey and interview program this study, conducted by CFO Research Services and American Express, explores executives’ views on spending data, vendor relationships, corporate card programs, and other topics.

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20/20 view on expense management: Better ways to buy

As technology evolves, so does the procurement process. In this white paper, learn how and why the market for supply-chain sourcing, which includes most e-procurement, will grow by more than 50 percent over the next five years – and what businesses can do to keep up.

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