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  • How can contractors use wearable technology?

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 425

    Abstract: Construction companies are increasingly using wearable technology to improve the building process. The term refers to a wide variety of hands-free, internet-connected electronic devices that can be worn directly on the body or embedded in hard hats, boots, vests or other gear. This article describes just a few uses of wearables in a construction context.

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  • 8 tips for managing your supply chain

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 530

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic and other world events have triggered or worsened supply chain risks and shortcomings affecting many industries, including construction. So, it’s critical for contractors to actively manage their supply chains. This article offers eight tips, including being transparent with customers and looking into helpful software.

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  • Prepare for project delays with savvy financial strategies

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 656

    Abstract: No matter how well planned, construction projects don’t always go as anticipated. A job that looks sunny on paper can turn into a hot mess if it experiences serious delays. This article discusses how recognizing common risks and preparing savvy financial strategies can help a construction company avoid disaster if a serious slowdown occurs.

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  • New lease accounting standard is here (for real this time)

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 918

    Abstract: Although its implementation has been long delayed, a new accounting standard applicable to leases under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is now in effect. The changes could affect financial ratios that lenders and sureties use to evaluate a construction company. This article explores the details of the new lease accounting standard. A sidebar urges contractors to look for “embedded leases” that they might be unaware of.

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  • 5 tips for avoiding profit fade

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 435

    Abstract: Profit fade can be a serious problem for construction companies. As the name suggests, profit fade simply means a decline in expected gross profits over the course of a project. This article suggests five ways to avoid this costly issue, including monitoring work in progress and building in contract protections.

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  • Could you qualify for an energy-efficient tax deduction?

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 522

    Abstract: Section 179D of the tax code allows a deduction for the cost of energy-efficient improvements to new or existing commercial buildings, as well as certain residential rental buildings. This article explains how construction companies might be able to qualify for the deduction, even though the tax break is primarily intended for property owners.

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  • Sizing up a public infrastructure project

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 669

    Abstract: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law on November 15, 2021. It represents a veritable mountain of opportunities for construction companies in the months and years ahead. This article offers up some tips on how contractors can assess whether one of these jobs is right for them.

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  • Sales and use taxes: An ongoing challenge

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 935

    Abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision of South Dakota v. Wayfair is almost four years old. That makes now a good time for contractors to review their sales and use tax obligations. This article discusses the concept of nexus, notes some construction specifics and assesses the ultimate impact of Wayfair. A sidebar looks at the potential benefits of a reverse sales-and-use tax audit.

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  • Pump up tax savings with the fuel credit

    Winter 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 445

    Abstract: Construction companies that wish to reduce their tax bills or increase their refunds shouldn’t overlook the fuel tax credit. Many contractors likely qualify for it and it’s relatively easy to calculate. This article explores the potential savings and how to go about claiming this often-overlooked tax break.

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  • Combating the skilled labor shortage

    Winter 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 536

    Abstract: Even before COVID-19, construction companies were facing a scarcity of skilled workers. The pandemic has only exacerbated the problem. This article suggests four ways to combat the skilled labor shortage, including leveraging technology and sprucing up one’s employer brand.

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  • Why contractors should consider mediation

    Winter 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 663

    Abstract: When a construction dispute arises, among the first thoughts that may come to mind is, “Oh no, is this going to wind up in court?” Sometimes that eventuality is unavoidable, but there’s often a much easier and even productive way to resolve the matter: mediation. This article explores why contractors shouldn’t fear the mediation process.

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  • Construction accounting – 5 ways to optimize your financial reporting

    Winter 2022
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 924

    Abstract: In today’s challenging environment, a construction company’s relationships with its lenders and surety are more important than ever. One way to enhance these relationships is to provide financial statements (and other documentation) that are complete, accurate and timely. This article discusses five ways to optimize the financial reporting process. A sidebar looks at why contractors should consider comparative financial statements.

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  • Adding value with life-cycle cost analysis

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 433

    Abstract: Life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) seeks to estimate a construction project’s overall cost of ownership over its “useful life cycle.” It then strives to identify design or construction alternatives that will minimize costs over that life cycle. This article explains how contractors can play a role in LCCA and, in doing so, give themselves a competitive edge.

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  • 7 coping strategies for volatile steel prices

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 535

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted steel supply and demand throughout the world, leading to widespread price increases. This article suggests seven strategies that contractors can use to cope with the price volatility, including adjusting bidding approaches and adding price escalation clauses to contracts.

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  • Is the research credit within your reach?

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 663

    Abstract: Many construction company owners might assume that a tax credit related to research and development is out of their reach. Au contraire: Contractors can and have claimed the research credit for improving construction techniques or developing industry-related software. This article provides a refresher on this potentially valuable tax break.

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  • Put some PEP in your step – A new retirement plan option to consider

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 931

    Abstract: A generous benefits package that includes a robust retirement plan can be a powerful recruiting tool for construction companies. But providing cost-effective, high-quality benefits isn’t easy. This article takes an in-depth look at a new retirement plan option: pooled employer plans (PEPs). A sidebar warns that, though PEPs relieve employers of many benefits-related risks, some fiduciary responsibilities remain.

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