Manufacturer

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  • Creative ways for manufacturers to attract fresh talent

    Summer 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 836

    Abstract: Owners of manufacturing companies know firsthand just how rewarding careers in this sector can be, both financially and intellectually. Some have found creative ways to breathe new life into their mature companies by enticing millennials to join their workforces. This article explains how flexible work options, personal development opportunities, investments in intuitive technology and participation in Project Lead the Way programs can help manufacturers close the talent gap. A sidebar discusses possible solutions to the driver shortage that many distributors now face.

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  • Using an IC-DISC to lower taxes

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 433

    Abstract: Manufacturers and distributors who export products should consider the use of an interest charge domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC) to reduce their tax burden. This article answers some frequently asked questions about this strategy.

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  • Worker classification: What’s in a name?

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 659

    Abstract: As a recent class action lawsuit demonstrates, worker classification is a hot button for manufacturers and distributors. Making a clear distinction between employees and independent contractors is critical to avoiding class action lawsuits and audits by the IRS and state taxing agencies. This article lists the characteristics that distinguish employees from contractors and provides policies that can help you draw the line between these two types of workers.

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  • Uncle Sam wants you to invest in technology and training

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 610

    Abstract: The White House recently announced a series of executive actions for subsidies totaling roughly $550 million for investments in advanced manufacturing. These actions provide financial incentives for your company to increase spending on technology and training, if it’s not already part of your 2015 budget. This article discusses the three pillars of support that underlie the president’s manufacturing initiatives: enabling innovation, securing the talent pipeline and improving the business climate.

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  • Inventory fraud – Knowledge is your first line of defense

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 831

    Abstract: Inventory is one of the biggest assets on a manufacturer’s balance sheet. It’s also one of the hardest assets to measure and track. This article explains why inventory is so susceptible to fraud and how fraudsters typically steal or misstate inventory in a manufacturing environment. A sidebar reveals which types of manufacturers are the most at risk for fraud and why.

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  • Wage increases: Look before you leap

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 438

    Abstract: A recent Gallup poll shows that roughly three-quarters of Americans support a minimum wage increase. Factories and warehouses tend to employ a large number of entry-level and low-wage workers. For manufacturers who may be considering a wage increase for their hourly workers, this article looks at some important questions to factor into the decision. It addresses wage competitiveness and the up-front and hidden costs of an increase.

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  • Spotlight on final tangible property regs

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 691

    Abstract: Last winter, the IRS released long-awaited final regulations on the tax treatment of tangible property expenditures that apply to the current tax year. This article provides an overview of these rules, including several safe harbors, to help manufacturers file an accurate 2014 tax return. The regs address, in particular, expenditures on material and supplies and on capitalizable building improvements.

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  • “Made in the USA” makes a comeback

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 623

    Abstract: The trend of outsourcing to overseas suppliers and contractors may be losing some of its luster. Many businesses are returning to U.S. manufacturers — also known as reshoring — to obtain goods faster and at lower costs than foreign suppliers can offer. What’s more, “Made in the USA” tags can win over domestic customers who want to feel good about their purchases. This article discusses the benefits that domestic manufacturers offer and how manufacturers can comply with FTC requirements in order to claim a product is “Made in the USA.”

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  • 4 IRS hot buttons – Defending your business against tax audits

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 861

    Abstract: Everyone has at least one pet peeve. The IRS has many. This article describes items that the tax agency may target on a manufacturer’s 2014 tax return: owners compensation, travel expenses, meals and entertainment, and net operating losses. A sidebar explains how to proceed if the IRS mails a notice of inquiry.

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  • Demystifying LTL freight classification

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 438

    Abstract: The National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®) system can be overwhelming. But manufacturers that understand how carriers classify freight can find creative ways to lower their costs for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. This article describes the factors that affect freight rates and offers ways to qualify for lower, less expensive freight classes.

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  • Look who tops the 2014 fraud list

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 634

    Abstract: Manufacturing is among the top three sectors that reported fraud cases in the latest biennial study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The median fraud loss was $250,000, and manufacturers are particularly susceptible to schemes involving billing, corruption and noncash theft. But this article lists the top 10 of what the study deems to be the most effective control measures to prevent fraud.

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  • Workplace violence – Proactive efforts foster safe, productive work environments

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 607

    Abstract: No one thinks their factory or warehouse will be the setting for a work-related homicide — until it’s too late. But much more common than well-publicized workplace shootings are threats, bullying, emotional abuse, intimidation and assaults. If left unchecked, these less severe violent behaviors can escalate into more serious situations. This article looks at the different types of workplace violence and steps that companies can take to minimize the opportunities for violence to occur.

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  • The question every manufacturer wants answered – What’s the value of my business?

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 877

    Abstract: The scene is set for a stunning M&A display for the rest of 2014 and beyond. Sellers in some industry segments may wind up in a bidding war that drives up their values. But some buyers are still trolling for bargains, so it’s important to not take the first offer without obtaining a formal appraisal first. This article discusses three valuation approaches — cost, market and income — that appraisers use to value manufacturers, while a sidebar cautions against using industry “rules of thumb” as the sole method of valuation.

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  • 4 lean manufacturing fundamentals you can count on

    Summer 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 598

    Abstract: Lean companies make their products as efficiently as possible, using the least possible staff time, equipment and working capital. Originally imported from Japan in the 1980s, lean manufacturing continues to play a key role in every successful U.S. manufacturer. Increased global competition and declining operating margins make four particular lean manufacturing fundamentals especially important in today’s marketplace. This article describes how each one contributes. Recommended Article

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  • Is an online freight marketplace right for you?

    Summer 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 407

    Abstract: A new generation of online businesses wants to cut the transportation middleman out of the warehousing and distribution equation. These new marketplaces offer manufacturers and distributors greater convenience and efficiency by directly matching them with freight carriers, cutting down on red tape and lag time. But this article cautions that, without proper research and planning, it might not be possible to achieve the desired cost savings and efficiencies. It discusses how these online marketplaces work and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

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  • Proactive estate planning starts today

    Summer 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 646

    Abstract: It’s common for manufacturers and distributors to be family-owned. Unfortunately, it’s also common for owners to let estate planning fall by the wayside, causing family members to lose out on tax-saving opportunities. This article discusses the latest tax rates and exemptions and takes note of strategies that may be useful when transferring wealth and management responsibilities to the next generation.

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