Rick Bender

With more than 30 years of experience working with and providing excellent customer service to companies of all sizes, Rick Bender now is the Sales Director at CenterPoint Group. CenterPoint is a management consulting firm that specializes in reducing purchasing expenses of businesses in areas such as office supplies, janitorial supplies, breakroom/coffee, reducing cellular phone expense, fleet cards (gas and maintenance discounts) and car rental discounts.

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Master the Art of Maximizing Indirect Spending Savings

November 17th

When it comes to spending money on supplies, there are a few non-negotiables. However, the areas where buyers can negotiate are far more numerous. And, while it may feel like negotiating prices for paper and other office supplies is spending dollars in tim… Read More

One Way to Improve Morale and Productivity

October 18th

Even if your budget or space don’t allow for big-time perks such as a gym, you should be giving your employees something on the job. Everyone likes something for free, and coffee provides many benefits beyond that. As one of the most widely consumed bevera… Read More

Predictive Analytics Can Provide Insight into Procurement Processes

October 6th

Harnessing the power of big data is leading to greater opportunities for companies to predict market trends, spending, consumer behavior and supply chain needs. This type of data mining is known as predictive analytics, and it can change the way you make b… Read More

Price Increases Don't Have to Spell the End of Profit

September 27th

Don’t take a supplier’s analysis for granted. If they are telling you a price increase will have a negligible difference, do your own research before committing to anything. Understand exactly how it will affect your bottom line to avoid any surprises down… Read More