Manufacturer

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  • This is not a drill! – Safeguard against a catastrophe with a disaster recovery plan

    Summer 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 890

    Abstract: A natural or manmade disaster can have a catastrophic effect on a business or, if less severe, can cause detrimental consequences not fully realized until months after. To keep employees and critical data safe, and operational capacity maintained, it’s necessary to create a disaster recovery plan. This article explains how to form an effective disaster recovery team, protect critical data, and evaluate insurance coverage.

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  • Do you qualify for the manufacturers’ deduction?

    Summer 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 804

    Abstract: The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 introduced the manufacturers’ deduction for domestic production activities income. Also known as the “Section 199 deduction” or the “domestic production activities deduction,” it’s designed primarily for large companies, but it can yield big savings for small businesses as well. This article lists activities that qualify and shows how to calculate the deduction. For those who haven’t qualified for the manufacturers’ deduction because of a net operating loss (NOL), a sidebar explains how to take advantage of the NOL carryback and carryforward provisions.

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  • Working toward a successful M&A – Without solid due diligence, an M&A can be fraught with disaster

    Spring 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 804

    Abstract: A merger or an acquisition can be a long — and delicate — process, and there’s plenty that can go wrong before it’s over. To better the chances that an M&A will be a success, up-front due diligence work is a must. This article explains what to look for in the financials, but also discusses other aspects of a company’s operations that merit scrutiny, including employee attitudes, the customer base and IT operations.

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  • Well-oiled machines – An efficiently run production line typically is a profitable one

    Spring 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 320

    Abstract: Powering down a plant’s equipment to make repairs or adjustments delays production and can cut into profits. This short article offers five suggestions for keeping a production line operating at maximum efficiency.

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  • Don’t let supplier costs break the bank

    Spring 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 662

    Abstract: As raw material and transportation costs continue to climb, many distributors are encountering price increases from their suppliers. But, before deciding to cut one’s losses with a supplier, it’s important to consider several strategies for working around rising supplier costs. This article shows how to understand where increased costs are coming from and how to create stronger supplier relationships — or how to find new suppliers if all else fails.

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  • Winning the war on waste

    Winter 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 366

    Abstract: Dealing with waste often is a costly and frustrating issue for manufacturers, but it doesn’t have to be. This article shows how avoiding waste creation, finding new ways to reuse waste, and making waste smaller can help manufacturers manage it more efficiently, greening their operations while also saving money.

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  • Smart strategies for paring payroll taxes

    Winter 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 609

    Abstract: Can manufacturers reduce their payroll taxes without shedding employees? It may be possible if they implement certain strategies that can trim their tax burdens and boost their balance sheet. This article offers three such strategies: offering tax-exempt fringe benefits instead of more money; establishing an accountable plan for employee reimbursements; and using independent contractors when possible.

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  • Accuracy counts – Make corrections if your inventory counts are inaccurate

    Winter 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 748

    Abstract: Using sophisticated inventory management software is supposed to solve the problem of inaccurate counts, but that’s not always the case. Delays in order fulfillment and angry customers are inevitable when a warehouse is plagued by erroneous inventory counts. This article describes a variety of steps to improve inventory accuracy, including the implementation of cycle counting.

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  • To outsource or not? What manufacturers should consider

    Winter 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 985

    Abstract: When done correctly, outsourcing can save manufacturers money and allow them to focus on their core business functions. But it’s important to consider the decision from a strategic and financial standpoint. This article lists questions to ask when deciding whether to outsource, what costs to consider when crunching the numbers, and some of the risks involved. A sidebar offers some tips for getting the most out of outsourcing if the decision is made to go ahead.

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  • Strategies for shrinking your conveyor’s lifetime cost

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 304

    Abstract: A conveyor is one of the most vital pieces of manufacturing equipment — and one of the most expensive. But the cost goes well beyond its initial price tag, because installation, maintenance and energy usage also chip away at the bottom line. This article explains how a manufacturer can buy a conveyor that meets its needs, and why maintaining it properly can extend the system’s life and save money. It also describes current tax deductions that can shave additional dollars off a conveyor’s cost.

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  • Reaping the benefits of an employee retirement plan

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 559

    Abstract: For manufacturers, establishing a retirement plan makes their company more attractive to potential hires and translates into tax benefits. And the IRS has provided several recent initiatives to encourage participation among employers and employees. This article discusses the features of defined-benefit plans and defined-contribution plans and how to maintain a plan once it’s in place.

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  • Are you ready to streamline your warehouse?

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 604

    Abstract: A warehouse management system (WMS) can increase efficiency and productivity for distributors, but successfully installing a WMS requires extensive planning and a fair amount of financial resources. This article explains the advantages of a WMS, but also notes that setting up and operating this application is often a complex process that may preclude some distributors from being able to justify the initial, often sizable, investment. A sidebar explains why a business management system can maximize the return on investment in a WMS.

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  • Take care with transfer pricing – Out-of-compliance policies can lead to costly tax penalties

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 951

    Abstract: “Transfer pricing” refers to the price that related parties, such as divisions of a company, charge one another for goods or services. With revenue-hungry governments worldwide looking to keep their tax bases strong, many are stepping up enforcement on transfer pricing. Manufacturers that don’t follow the rules can be taxed twice on transactions, and face hefty penalties to boot. This article looks at “arm’s-length” requirements for transactions between related parties, along with common audit triggers. A sidebar examines advance pricing agreements for related-party transactions.

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  • What’s your company worth? A business valuation can achieve many objectives

    Summer 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 776

    Abstract: There are myriad reasons to conduct a business valuation. The main reason is in preparation for selling a manufacturing or distribution business. But knowing the company’s value can be helpful when doing succession and estate planning and for other business-related reasons. This article explores those reasons and the four valuation methods commonly used.

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  • New IRS measures on liens make dealing with back taxes easier

    Summer 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 261

    Abstract: The IRS has relaxed its policies on liens, which are claims that the federal government puts on the assets of delinquent taxpayers. The new rules make it easier for “small businesses” to set up payment plans for back taxes and, ultimately, have their liens withdrawn. This short article looks at some of the details.

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  • Emerging markets may be key to growing your customer base

    Summer 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 604

    Abstract: Many developing countries have seen their economies expand in recent years, creating a prime opportunity for manufacturers to expand their customer bases. This article lists options for capturing customers in emerging markets, and discusses the pros and cons of each approach. It also explains steps companies should take in advance of expansion.

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