Impact of lower oil prices on the transportation sector: Is it all good news?

March 24, 2015
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By Andrew Tipping, US Transportation Leader, Strategy&; and Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader, PwC The drop in oil prices is having a dramatic impact on the transportation sector. With fuel costs down, transport companies are able to save money. Consumers are saving money, too, which adds to the positive effect on global trade and […]

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Field service workers could fix wearables’ PR problem

March 19, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader; and Chris Curran, Chief Technologist, PwC US Advisory When you hear the word wearables, you probably think of health conscious consumers donning digital devices to track their physical activity or technology enthusiasts getting sideways glances as they sport internet-enabled glasses on the subway. Maybe you’ve […]

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Aerospace and defense trends: Diverging paths and challenges

March 17, 2015
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By Randy Starr, Strategy& Global A&D Practice Leader; and Chuck Marx, US Aerospace & Defense Leader Aerospace and defense, while often seen as one industry, face very different challenges today. Defense companies are dealing with governments that have smaller budgets, while the commercial aerospace business is booming. Still, the success of both sectors depends on […]

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The strong dollar: Who pays the price?

March 10, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader The strong dollar is mostly good news for US manufacturing. It indicates that the domestic economy is growing and that consumer demand has picked up. But its strength against other currencies also means that the rest of the world is experiencing slow growth and lackluster demand. […]

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For chemicals companies, the time to plan ahead is right now

March 5, 2015
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By Jayant Gotpagar, Strategy& Energy, Chemicals & Utilities partner; and Vijay Sarathy, PwC US Chemicals partner The chemicals industry is doing great, with record growth. At the same time, the industry is undergoing tremendous disruption. Innovation is continuing to move away from blockbuster breakthroughs and toward more incremental advances targeted at specific problems. The nature […]

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Recent changes to frequent flyer programs: Who wins and who loses?

March 3, 2015
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By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader There’s been a lot of discussion in the press and online about some recent changes to a couple of major frequent flyer programs (FFPs). Part of the change is to base rewards on how much money a customer spends rather than on how many miles s/he flies. […]

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How 3D printing puts manufacturers at risk of cybertheft

February 26, 2015
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  By Quentin Orr, Principal, Information Security and Privacy Since the invention of the hammer, the anvil, and, more recently, the assembly line, manufacturing has relied on an array of specialized knowledge, equipment, and materials. Luckily, that varied and valuable information is often difficult to steal. But 3D printing has the potential to change that, and […]

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The Internet of Things has arrived in America’s factories

February 24, 2015
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC; and Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing Institute   We’re living in a hyper-connected world, an era of pervasive instrumentalization – from wearable technology, to people remotely “speaking” to their home appliances. On a consumer level, digitalized connectivity – made possible through a skein of communications […]

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Global M&A for industrial products: 2014 ends on a high note, setting expectations for 2015

February 19, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader M&A activity was strong across the industrial products sector in 2014, and I expect 2015 will follow suit. The US is providing much of the momentum. CEOs are feeling bullish about the US economy and there are good reasons for this, including historically low commodity prices, […]

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Industrial products companies counter escalating security risks with solid investments in security

February 17, 2015
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By Quentin Orr, PwC Principal, Information Security and Privacy   You’d have to be living on Pluto to be unaware of the unprecedented surge in targeted cyber threats. The most recent attack demonstrates that adversaries are becoming increasingly skilled—and punishingly malevolent. Risks are rising across sectors, and industrial products companies are by no means exempt. […]

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