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Cost and Margin Intelligence

Plante Moran

Accelerate performance with intelligent cost and margin data

Do you have the cost and margin information you need to make the decisions necessary to drive your competitive advantage? To survive and thrive in today’s highly competitive global marketplace, you need to understand where you make money — and where you don’t. Big data alone won’t reveal which products and services actually contribute to your success, which customers are profitable, or what changes you need to make across the enterprise to increase profitability. We’ll arm you with intelligent data so you can achieve optimal operational and financial performance.

Our cost and margin intelligence experts understand that no two organizations are the same, so we tailor our solutions to your specific environment to accurately model material, labor, and overhead costs based on key drivers like yield, productivity, and capacity utilization. We combine our deep industry expertise and experience with our customized data analytics models to provide you with pragmatic, focused, and actionable insights.

Whether you’re a domestic organization or a billion-dollar global company — or whether you’re public, private, or private equity-owned — we’ve seen it all. Our experts have a deep understanding of industry trends and issues, and we’ll work with you to accelerate performance.

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Costing and Estimating Solutions Thought Leadership

  • Manage liquidity with improved forecasting

    Cash flow, liquidity, and forecasting are critical when facing uncertainty. Food and beverage companies can take these four actions to ensure they can manage for a stronger financial position.

    Sean Pattison
    Article April 22, 2021 6 min read
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  • Leverage business analytics for greater margin intelligence

    Business analytics help you invest in the right products, target the right customers, and optimize your organization. Gain new insight into operations and profitability to improve your cost system and reach your business goals. We lay out the journey.

    Eric Obrecht Stewart Zellars
    Article March 29, 2021 7 min read
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  • Food and beverage market dynamics: Is your costing keeping up?

    Food and beverage market dynamics are changing rapidly, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the pace. As purchasing shifts dramatically, are your cost models and allocations keeping up? 

    Joe Puglia Jon Wood
    Article February 12, 2021 7 min read
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  • The art of SKU rationalization: Getting accurate costing data
    Does the burden of hundreds or even thousands of products have you thinking about stock keeping unit (SKU) rationalization? Before you begin, here are five considerations to ensure you’re starting with the most accurate underlying cost information possible.
    Jon Wood
    Article December 17, 2020 5 min read
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Our clients say

I have a long-term relationship with the firm and, as a result, have high expectations. The Cost & Margin Intelligence team are consummate professionals. The team listened to our needs, goals, and ideas. They designed an innovative costing model solution that simplified a complex process and allowed us to expand our operating model, enter new business markets, and as a result, grow our business and increase revenue. Jon and Eric knocked it out of the park and brought a new approach to the table that helped our team better understand our data and act on insights.

W. Dodd Russell CEO, Skilled Manufacturing, Inc.

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Cost and margin intelligence solutions for automotive supplier
Automotive supplier improves costing information leading to confidence in product decisions and reduced lead time.
Case Study May 7, 2020 1 min read
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Improved costing solves issues for global medical device supplier
A top 10 medical technology company began to lose confidence in its costing approach for over 130,000 various products.
Case Study October 3, 2017 1 min read

It’s not just what we can do for you — it’s how we do it

Our consultants have walked in your shoes and understand the challenges of developing accurate, and timely cost and margin intelligence. This firsthand experience, along with our personal approach to each project, means we’ll provide you with actionable solutions, not just a big-picture numbers viewpoint. You can also trust our advice will be independent. Because we don’t sell costing software or believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, we can provide objective, third-party insights to help you succeed.

According to Ken Julien, our cost and margin intelligence practice leader, a relationship with us can give you confidence and peace of mind. “I value our team’s dedication to each client. We dig in and really get to know their needs and objectives. It’s not just about solving the issue at hand but making sure we provide practical solutions and arming our clients with the necessary tools and insights for confident, decision-making that supports their strategic and operational goals.”

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