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  • How rolling forecasts can provide more clarity

    Winter 2023
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 405

    Abstract: Over the last three years, economic volatility and supply chain disruptions have provided a stark lesson on the weaknesses of traditional budgeting and forecasting methods. Under the best of circumstances, it’s difficult for manufacturers to forecast their performance over the coming year. When economic and market conditions are prone to change suddenly and unexpectedly, a traditional static forecast can quickly become obsolete. That’s why many manufacturers have adopted a rolling forecast model. This article discusses the difference between static and rolling forecasts, and the benefits of rolling forecasts.

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  • It’s time to analyze your research expenditures

    Winter 2023
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 561

    Abstract: Recent changes to the tax treatment of research expenditures are having a big impact on many manufacturers’ tax bills. The most significant change took effect in 2022 pursuant to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Given the potential impact of possible deductions, manufacturers should conduct a study of their research expenditures and consider strategies for reducing their tax bills. This article reviews the changes made by the TCJA and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

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  • Is “Made in America” the right model for your business?

    Winter 2023
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 604

    Abstract: Customer preference for American-made products isn’t new. After strained supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to move from overseas suppliers to domestic factories may have been made for manufacturers. But higher labor rates and overhead costs may cause some “homegrown” products to be more expensive than foreign-sourced products. As 2023 starts, manufacturers and distributors should weigh whether a Made-in-the-USA strategy will help attract customers. This article provides some angles manufacturers should consider to position their business accordingly.

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  • Planning an exit strategy for your business – Tips to maximize value and minimize taxes

    Winter 2023
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 947

    Abstract: Every business owner should have an exit strategy that helps recoup the maximum amount for his or her investment. Understanding the tax implications of a business sale will help the owner plan for — and, in some cases, reduce — the impact on a tax bill. This article focuses on selling a business to a third party and provides some considerations to help ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. A short sidebar covers whether an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) might be a viable exit strategy if the business is organized as a corporation and the seller isn’t interested in leaving it to family or selling to an outsider.

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  • How profitable are your products?

    Fall 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 358

    Abstract: Most manufacturers have a good idea of their overall profitability, but what about the profitability of individual products? This article highlights the importance for manufacturers to track the costs of manufacturing each product, so as not to miss an opportunity to maximize profitability by fine-tuning production, marketing and pricing strategies.

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  • Get ready for the new lease accounting standard

    Fall 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 522

    Abstract: After several postponements, the updated lease accounting standard is about to take effect for private companies. Companies that follow U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) must adopt the new standard for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022. This article provides a quick review of the standard, implementation guidance, and tips for dealing with embedded leases and lease accounting software.

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  • Keys to effective BYOD policies

    Fall 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 724

    Abstract: In today’s fast-paced technological world, almost all workers have a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Salespeople, customer service reps and managers may travel for work or work from home and use these types of mobile devices to complete business. This article looks at issues manufacturers who allow a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy should consider and ways protect the company’s data without violating employees’ privacy.

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  • Beyond green – Robust ESG initiatives help manufacturers do good — and do well

    Fall 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 891

    Abstract: In today’s highly competitive markets, it’s critical for manufacturers to embrace environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. Mounting pressure from investors, customers, employees and regulators is rapidly transforming ESG from a laudable goal into a business necessity. This article reviews what ESG is, why it matters for manufacturers and some benefits of incorporating ESG practices. A short sidebar covers how green factories may provide significant financial benefits in the form of reduced energy costs.

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  • Using AR to enhance manufacturing processes

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 371

    Abstract: Rarely used as recently as five or six years ago, augmented reality (AR) has emerged as a technology with the potential to transform manufacturing. AR overlays digital imagery onto physical surroundings, typically through the use of a headset or AR glasses. This article looks at how AR can provide visual cues and real-time information that can streamline and improve a variety of manufacturing processes and operations.

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  • 6 tips for dealing with rising material prices

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 549

    Abstract: Manufacturers face enormous business challenges today. The top two are rising raw material costs and supply chain challenges, according to the fourth quarter 2021 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). This article provides six tips for addressing increasing prices or decreasing availability of key manufacturing inputs, including purchasing materials in advance, negotiating long-term contracts, increasing prices and being flexible.

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  • Get ahead on cybersecurity — before it’s too late

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 612

    Abstract: Just because manufacturers may not sell directly to consumers doesn’t mean they’re not affected by cyberattacks. Sometimes manufacturers are impacted when their customers or vendors get hit by a cyberattack. And manufacturers are becoming a more common target. This article identifies the reasons why and what manufacturers can do to get ahead of cybercriminals.

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  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act update – Big changes for 2022 and beyond

    Summer 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 952

    Abstract: It’s been four years since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law, but it’s still having an impact. Several provisions take effect this year and next. This article provides a brief overview of research and development (R&D), bonus depreciation and business interest deduction changes, and their implications for many manufacturers. A brief sidebar expands on the R&D updates.

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  • Boost cash flow with a fixed asset or cost segregation study

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 360

    Abstract: A manufacturer seeking opportunities to improve the company’s cash flow should consider a fixed asset or cost segregation study. Manufacturing is a capital-intensive industry, and this article explains why it’s critical to ensure that fixed assets are classified properly to recover their costs as quickly as possible.

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  • Labor shortage – 4 strategies to help manufacturers win talent

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 600

    Abstract: In the current economic environment, competition for manufacturing workers is fierce. So it’s critical for manufacturers to use all of the resources at their disposal to attract and retain talent. This article highlights four key strategies to consider: promoting technological advances; facilitating remote or hybrid work arrangements; using shifting demographics as an advantage; and providing career opportunities for employees.

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  • The price is right – Implementing the right pricing strategy

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 683

    Abstract: COVID-19. Inflation. Labor shortages. Supply chain delays. Manufacturers have had a lot on their plates the past couple of years. Across the board, the result has been increasing prices. This article looks at why simply increasing prices without factoring market-based considerations into pricing strategies might not be enough.

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  • Got data? Use it to transform your manufacturing business

    Spring 2022
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 891

    Abstract: All manufacturers would like to improve product quality, increase productivity, reduce waste and minimize variability with only minor adjustments to their manufacturing process. Advanced data analytics can help. This article examines how, armed with “big data,” manufacturers can identify patterns, trends, and correlations among various manufacturing process steps and inputs. A brief sidebar discusses how enterprise resource planning software and big data analytics can work hand-in-hand to help manufacturers optimize performance.

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