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  • Deliver it with confidence – Avoid shipping woes with adequate cargo insurance

    Fall 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 866

    Abstract: Failing to have adequate cargo insurance coverage can badly hurt a manufacturer’s bottom line, but it’s not always easy to determine the right amount or how to obtain it. This article describes problems that can arise when getting coverage through the carrier, and explains why a “shipper’s interest” cargo insurance policy, also known as all-risk coverage, might be a better option for some.

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  • Revised IRS royalty rules can result in tax benefits

    Fall 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 983

    Abstract: Companies that pay royalties for the right to use trademarks in the products they manufacture find that the way those royalties are treated on their tax returns can make a big difference to the bottom line. Proposed changes to IRS regulations on sales-based royalties, which manufacturers pay based on the number of units of a particular product that they sell, offer a new option for capitalizing royalty expenses that could result in significant tax benefits. This article discusses a court case that led the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department to issue proposed regulatory changes. A sidebar explains the difference between deducting expenses and capitalizing them.

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  • Workforce programs offer grants, tax breaks

    Summer 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 694

    Abstract: Despite the large numbers of layoffs in manufacturing in recent years, even in today’s economy many employers say they can’t find enough skilled workers to fill available jobs. To close the gap, federal and state governments are distributing millions of dollars in Workforce Innovation Fund grants and other tax breaks to support employment and training services. This article shows how these financial incentives may be the key to filling vacant positions and boosting profitability. A sidebar discusses more specifically some of these workforce grants and programs.

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  • Streamline your production processes with VSM

    Summer 2012
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 325

    Abstract: Value stream mapping (VSM) is a valuable lean-manufacturing tool, and is well suited for a broad range of industries and processes. Lean practitioners of all levels use VSM to evaluate their practices. This short article discusses how a company can implement VSM to benefit its bottom line.

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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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