Manufacturer

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  • Dust off the expansion plans – 3 tax incentives make now an attractive time to invest in your company

    Summer 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 869

    Abstract: The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 includes incentives designed to jumpstart spending and free up cash for businesses. This article takes a closer look at three provisions that could benefit companies: bonus depreciation, Section 179 expensing, and the Work Opportunity credit. A sidebar discusses the extension of the research credit through 2011.

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  • Sustainable packaging can boost bottom line results

    Winter 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 303

    Abstract: The shift toward implementing environmentally friendly business practices is nothing new among manufacturers. And now, they’re turning to sustainable packaging as the latest way to go green — not only because it reduces waste, but also because customers are demanding it. This article describes some of the basic steps involved in making the switch to sustainable packaging.

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  • Powering down – Reduce operational costs by conducting an energy audit

    Winter 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 652

    Abstract: For most manufacturers, energy efficiency has become a must-do measure. However, while instigating a large-scale energy reduction plan may seem daunting, there are ways to make the process easier — and well worth the effort. This article shows how manufacturers can not only determine current energy usage, but employ a third-party energy audit to discover specific measures to reduce usage.

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  • Make planning a seasonal product cycle more predictable

    Winter 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 753

    Abstract: Accurately forecasting the demand for seasonal merchandise isn’t easy. However, distributors can better plan the boom and bust cycle of seasonal inventory by studying historical sales data, forecasting future demand and considering the unexpected. This article shows how — and what to do when, in spite of one’s best efforts, an excess of inventory remains.

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  • Don’t bank on it – Manufacturers shop for a better banking experience

    Winter 2011
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 795

    Abstract: In the wake of recent economic uncertainty, many manufacturers are exploring their banking options. Larger institutions are known for offering lower interest rates and more capital. But recent mergers have given smaller, community banks ties to larger institutions and therefore access to more funding and services, while still offering more one-on-one interaction with loan officers. This article explains that the right bank will understand the manufacturing industry and be able to suggest useful services. A sidebar shows how the 2010 financial reform will affect banks and their relationships with their manufacturing clients.

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  • Are your prices right? Reassessing your pricing strategy can pay dividends

    Fall 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 272

    Abstract: Layoffs, hiring freezes, and pay and budget cuts were the go-to survival tactics during the economic downturn. In the midst of this downsizing frenzy, many manufacturers neglected to reassess their pricing strategy. Doing so can help companies remain profitable and competitive in good times and bad. This article briefly discusses the steps involved.

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  • The tech behind inventory tracking – Bar codes and RFID are two top choices

    Fall 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 649

    Abstract: In the distribution industry, accurately identifying and tracking inventory is job number one. There are two types of technology to perform these tasks: bar codes and radio frequency identification (RFID). But which technology type is right for a particular distribution company? This article looks at how each works and explains their respective pros and cons in regard to such issues as cost, convenience, security and privacy.

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  • Packing up and going home – U.S. manufacturers consider benefits of bringing operations back home

    Fall 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 726

    Abstract: Reshoring — the act of bringing operations back onto U.S. soil — is a reaction to the myriad problems manufacturers have faced in foreign countries. This article looks at some of the specific reasons for this trend, and examines the considerations involved in determining the costs of manufacturing overseas vs. in the U.S. A sidebar discusses the recent rise in popularity of seminars, webinars and other events on this subject.

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  • One supports the other – A lean manufacturing environment benefits from lean accounting practices

    Fall 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 872

    Abstract: Lean manufacturing is nothing new, but many don’t know that lean accounting is crucial to operating in a lean manufacturing environment. Lean accounting focuses on two goals: 1) converting financial statements into “plain English,” and 2) eliminating waste by taking the focus off the minutiae. This article describes some of the advantages of lean accounting vs. standard cost accounting, along with some of the disadvantages. A sidebar discusses the status of lean accounting in university curricula.

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  • Think before you move – When relocating your operations, seek financial advice

    Summer 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 541

    Abstract: Manufacturers are increasingly involving senior financial executives and outside financial advisors in their site-selection and relocation plans. The reason? Executives realize that facility relocation and expansion must be as heavily scrutinized as other capital expenditures. Factors such as the price and availability of labor, taxes and financial incentives associated with the new location can either benefit a bottom line — or wreak havoc on it.

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  • Can your company survive a product recall?

    Summer 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 346

    Abstract: The cost of a recall — including the time and money spent tracking down recalled products, issuing news of the recall, and refunding customers or fixing the problem — is just the beginning. Even when recalls are handled well, damage to a company’s reputation and brand can last for months or even years, resulting in decreased sales and profits. This short article provides tips on how to avoid recalls, and how to handle them if they occur.

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  • 3 business funding alternatives to consider

    Summer 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 778

    Abstract: The economy may be recovering, but some businesses may require additional financing to keep operations running. Three important options are asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, and Small Business Administration loans. This article explores some of the details of each.

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  • A risky proposition – Building a solid integration plan for a merger or acquisition

    Summer 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 826

    Abstract: In this fragile economic environment, several companies have been able to take advantage of too-good-to-pass-up deals in which they acquire weaker competitors that have fallen behind. Before jumping into any acquisition, however, it’s important to build a solid integration plan, and to take into account recent Financial Accounting Standards Board guidelines that affect the M&A accounting process. A sidebar to this article forecasts M&A activity.

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  • Do you have parts smarts?

    Spring 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 306

    Abstract: Aftermarket parts and accessories and maintenance and repair are the bane of some manufacturers’ existences. For others, they’re one of the most lucrative aspects of their businesses. No matter where a manufacturer falls on the continuum, establishing a parts and service outsourcing agreement with an experienced partner can do wonders for the company’s operations and bottom line. In addition to eliminating the need for in-house aftermarket customer service, using a partner to warehouse and distribute inventory can allow reduction of warehouse personnel and logistics costs. It can also improve distribution speed and order accuracy.

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  • Weighing the pluses and minuses of ESOPs

    Spring 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 811

    Abstract: Corporate finance, employee benefits and succession planning likely are key issues the owner of a manufacturing company must contend with. But there’s a multifaceted strategy that can handle all three issues. It’s the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). An ESOP is a qualified retirement plan that’s similar to a profit-sharing plan, except it enables employees to own part of the company that employs them. This article explains leveraged vs. unleveraged ESOPs, and their potential benefits and drawbacks.

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  • Get IT right regardless of economic conditions

    Spring 2010
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 495

    Abstract: While some cost-cutting measures may be essential in a weak economy, slashing information technology (IT) budgets and expenditures isn’t the way to stay afloat. Smart manufacturers are creating comprehensive IT strategies that allow transparency in all facets of operations and supply chains. IT can also control costs and improve revenue through quality control and compliance. Smart IT investments can improve processes, from the enterprise and engineering stages all the way to the plant floor and distribution centers. Taking these initiatives can help a manufacturing company stay successful regardless of the economic climate.

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