Manufacturing & Distribution

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  • Make holiday bonuses a part of Christmas past

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 299

    Abstract: Many manufacturers feel obligated to hand out year end holiday bonuses. But in a soft economy, some companies are doing away with bonuses altogether. That’s an option, but a better one may be to replace across-the-board holiday bonus programs with merit-based plans that reward those who deserve extra recognition. This short article provides alternatives to holiday bonuses.

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  • Why open innovation can be good for manufacturers

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 615

    Abstract: Manufacturers traditionally have relied solely on their own internal R&D processes to develop the technologies and products necessary to open or expand markets. But even the most competent R&D team can’t always come up with the solutions to difficult problems. Open innovation — consulting with outside entities to find answers to perplexing questions — can be the answer. This article examines how open innovation works. (Updated: 7/27/12)

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  • Two good reasons to think of taxes now

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 485

    Abstract: The end of the year is fast approaching, which means it’s a good time for manufacturers to take stock of their financial and tax situations. Taxes aren’t due for a while, but smart manufacturers may be able to make them less painful if they act before year end. This article provides several year end tax saving tips to reduce a manufacturer’s tax bill.

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  • No business plan? It’s never too late

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 515

    Abstract: The biggest mistake any manufacturer can make with a business plan is not to have one. Even if a company isn’t seeking a loan or outside investors, a well-developed business plan is — or should be — a guide to the future. This article details what a solid business plan should cover. (Updated: 9/27/12)

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  • Bridging the generational gap – Succession plans for middle managers can ease disruption as boomers retire

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 816

    Abstract: Many manufacturers’ succession plans begin and end with the keys to the executive suite. It’s important to know who’ll take over when senior executives leave, but the loss of a key middle manager can be more disruptive to day-to-day operations. This article explains the challenges middle managers face supervising a multigenerational workforce and explores the steep costs of employee turnover.

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  • Lay waste to waste for big-time savings

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 310

    Abstract: It’s expensive, it may be hidden and it’s probably leeching profits from manufacturers. It’s waste, and it can be controlled. This short article discusses seven ways — identified by Toyota — manufacturers are most likely to be wasteful.

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  • Be flexible – Use standard cost budgeting to control your expenses

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 579

    Abstract: There are two ways for manufacturers to approach budgeting. They can assume their production will remain at set levels throughout the budget period and plan accordingly. Or they can develop standard costs to use in a flexible budget that can be adjusted to reflect actual production. This article looks at the latter method: standard cost budgeting. (Updated 9/27/12)

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  • New rules require new methods for M&A accounting

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 546

    Abstract: In their first major joint undertaking, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) collaborated to create merger financial reporting standards applicable not only to the United States, but worldwide. This article explores Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) Nos. 141R and 160.

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  • What FIN 48 means to private manufacturers

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 526

    Abstract: When the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) delayed implementation of FASB Interpretation No. 48 (FIN 48) for nonpublic companies, it was issuing a reprieve, not a pardon. And now time is just about up. This article details how FIN 48 affects manufacturers.

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  • Fluctuating workweek method – The little-known secret to cutting overtime pay

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 826

    Abstract: As every manufacturer is well aware, employees who put in more than 40 hours in a week are entitled to overtime pay. If a manufacturer’s production schedule varies, it may be able to reduce compensation expenses by putting nonexempt employees on salary and using the fluctuating workweek method of paying overtime. This article explains how the fluctuating workweek method works. (Updated 7/27/12)

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  • Manufacturer, know thy competition

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 322

    Abstract: The manufacturing industry is growing and becoming more competitive all the time. Competitive analysis can give a manufacturer a leg up in the industry, but companies need to know how to do it effectively. This short article explains the basics of competitive analysis.

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  • On the move – What to consider before relocating

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 511

    Abstract: Selecting a new location for a manufacturing company can require months of analysis. Owners must consider operational, financial and logistical implications before making a final decision. This article details all aspects of a relocation plan. (Updated 5/30/12)

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  • 3 ways to pay – IRS changes rules for estimated taxes

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 480

    Abstract: The laws surrounding corporate estimated taxes have changed many times in the last 20 years, but the IRS has been slow to amend its rules to reflect those changes. As of August 2007, however, the IRS is up to date — and that means manufacturers need to be as well. This article details three ways to pay estimated taxes.

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  • Information in a box – Data warehousing can help you make better business decisions

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 484

    Abstract: Many manufacturing companies rely on several databases to keep operations running smoothly. This generally works fine, but what if copies of all of a company’s databases were maintained in a single “box,” available for immediate access from any location? This article examines how data warehousing works. (Updated: 5/30/12)

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  • Uniform accounting standards – Why convergence is here to stay

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 627

    Abstract: Accounting standard-setters around the world have been working on convergence — or uniform accounting standards among countries — for decades. Progress has been slow, but it has picked up speed in recent years. This article details the progress of convergence and explains how uniform accounting standards may affect manufacturing companies.

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  • How to get started finding a successor — and why you shouldn’t wait

    Winter 2008
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 287

    Abstract: The owner of a manufacturing company must consider who eventually will succeed him or her. Be it his or her children or a qualified employee, the time will come to hand over the reins of the company to someone else. This short article explains the importance of succession planning.

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