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  • MEP centers can boost your competitive position

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 433

    Abstract: Manufacturers of all sizes are thinking lean, training employees in needed skills and looking for new ways to compete in today’s global markets. But smaller manufacturers can be at a disadvantage. These manufacturers are the reason the National Institute of Standards and Technology established the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). This article explains how MEP centers can help smaller manufacturers.

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  • When it comes to collections, shoot straight

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 508

    Abstract: A good collection process is like a good employee: It starts working immediately. If a manufacturer lets overdue bills slide, its customers may start to assume they can ignore the due dates — with disastrous implications for the company’s cash flow and profitability. This article details an effective collection process.

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  • Can you benefit from the R&D credit?

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 880

    Abstract: The research and development (R&D) credit can help support manufacturers’ innovative efforts, but some companies are still approaching research gingerly. Given the credit’s history, that’s understandable, but the tax advantages mean manufacturers should take a second look. This article explains what the R&D credit is and its benefits.

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  • Know how you’ll pay before you shop for technology

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 291

    Abstract: Cutting-edge technology can provide tremendous efficiencies and cost savings down the road, but it can be expensive for an entire manufacturing operation. That’s why it’s smart to have a technology funding plan. This short article explains how this plan type can help manufacturers buy technology that helps them achieve their objectives faster and more efficiently.

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  • Pretax benefits can attract new hires

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 681

    Abstract: Baby boomers are getting ready to retire, and the competition for skilled workers to replace them is heating up. A manufacturer needs to offer more than a good salary to stand out from the crowd, but what can it do? The answer may lie in pretax benefits. This article details what pretax benefits are and which are the best ones to offer.

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  • 1, 2, 3 – Cycle counting to improve your bottom line

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 509

    Abstract: An inventory count is an annual rite for many manufacturers, but others have replaced that ritual with an ongoing cycle count — and improved operations at the same time. Cycle counting is the process of counting some stock items or warehouse locations every day. This article explores the benefits of cycle counting.

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  • Do you know how to forecast your cash flow?

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 707

    Abstract: Cash flow forecasting is more an art than a science, but manufacturers who master it can sleep soundly at night. Whether a manufacturer wants to expand the business or just pay the bills, knowing where the cash will come from is a definite stress-reliever. This article explains how to forecast cash flow.

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  • Put your audit in reverse to save tax dollars

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 789

    Abstract: It’s a safe bet that the IRS will let a manufacturer know when it hasn’t paid enough sales and use taxes, but what are the odds that it’ll notify the company if it has paid too much? The chances are slim — so slim that many manufacturers use reverse audits to find overpayments and seek reimbursement on their own. This article discusses how a reverse audit works.

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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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