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It's a build-to-order manufacturing environment and that means frequent changeovers in your production line. And each time you make changes to produce a new item, you suffer significant downtime. But there may be ways to shave time off those non-productive periods. These four suggestions have proven to buy manufacturers time:
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Your company probably has security systems in place to prevent theft of computers, machines and products, yet you may not be doing enough to safeguard your customer lists, new product designs and marketing strategies. Manufacturers rank second only to high-tech companies as targets of intellectual property theft.
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If you're like most manufacturers, you don't track order-processing. Yet focusing on this performance metric can identify operational inefficiencies that are cost-cutting opportunities. And continued monitoring lets you keep those costs in check and predict future outlays.
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The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 dealt a significant blow to U.S. exporters by phasing out the tax benefits available through the "extraterritorial income exclusion" (EIE). Fortunately however, there may be a way to offset the loss of the EIE. It is based on a tax device that's been on the books since 1984 called the Interest Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation -- or IC-DISC, for short.
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If you think social media is just for teenagers, think again. More than half of those logging on to social media sites are in their mid-thirties or older.
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With technology at the forefront of modern communication, more and more people are turning to the Internet to stay abreast of the latest news and information. Likewise, many of today's consumers use the Internet to find the best prices and to conduct research when they're planning their next purchase.

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High gas costs translate into high shipping costs, but manufacturers needn't passively accept this. Those companies that learn how less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers classify freight can modify their shipping processes to lower shipping costs.

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Lost sales are among the most important financial data a company needs to track.
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Using sophisticated inventory managment 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 if your warehouse is plagued by erroneous inventory counts.  If your inventory data doesn't match what you physically have in your warehouse, it's time to take corrective action.

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One of the most nerve-wracking experiences in a manufacturing executive's career is when an Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) inspector shows up at the door and says something like: "We received a complaint and we'd like to take a look around." Part of the reason for the anxiety is that OSHA investigators don't give any notice and can be very secretive.

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