Are manufacturers prepared to make the decisions that matter most?

December 16, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader Raw material supply constraints. Declining prices of 3D printers, sensors, and robots. Skilled labor shortages. Today’s manufacturing executives face a new landscape, with broad implications for profitability. Are your analytics set up to help you quickly spot and evaluate new possibilities and impacts? Big decisions […]

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Economic crime in the transportation & logistics sector: Systemic and insider frauds can cause more than monetary damage

December 9, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader Transportation & logistics (T&L) companies are facing systemic types of economic fraud such as procurement fraud and bribery and corruption. The sector also has a high percentage of frauds committed by insiders. These crimes pose a serious challenge for a T&L company, since they can […]

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What do airline travelers want in booking and ancillary products?

December 4, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader; and Jon Glick, Advisory Director, Transportation & Logistics A few weeks ago we discussed the third International Air Transport Association (IATA) Global Passenger Survey and how passengers preferred to check-in, have their bags tracked, and be kept informed about travel disruptions. When it comes to booking […]

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IRS to seek comments on new IDR issuance and enforcement process; upfront communication is essential to success of program

December 2, 2014
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  By Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader   Speaking at the Tax Executives Institute annual conference on November 3, Heather Maloy, Commissioner of the Large Business & International (LB&I) Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), said that the agency will begin seeking formal internal and external comments to see […]

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How is software advancing 3D printing?

November 24, 2014
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  By Vinod Baya, Director, PwC’s Center for Technology and Innovation The 3D printing revolution is a lot about hardware: the printers, the printing methods and the materials that can be used in these printers. But let’s not forget software orchestrates the digital data flows and defines the overall experience. The entire 3D printing lifecycle […]

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What’s new in air traveler preferences? Recent survey shares insights on what leisure and business travelers want

November 18, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader; and Jon Glick, Advisory Director, Transportation & Logistics   Which check-in methods do airline travelers prefer? How integral is technology to the passenger experience? These are among the issues we found addressed in the third International Air Transport Association (IATA) Global Passenger Survey. Nearly 5,500 travelers […]

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Economic crime in the chemical sector: Where is it coming from?

November 11, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader The chemical sector has one of the lowest rates of economic crime, according to our 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey. And yet, 27 percent of respondents say their company has experienced some form of fraud, up from 22 percent in 2011. These numbers are not […]

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How will the outcome of the mid-term elections impact tax policy and future tax reform legislation? PwC’s “Talking Tax” recap

November 6, 2014
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  By Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader I recently hosted the 16th installment of our Talking Tax executive webcast series. During the webcast, we had some great discussions regarding how the outcome of the mid-term elections could impact tax policy and future tax reform legislation as well as how big […]

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Robotics and the age of autonomous help

November 4, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader On America’s factory floors, manufacturers are creating a new relationship between man and (smarter) machines. From robotic vacuum cleaners to self-driving cars, autonomy is being embedded into more and more products. And manufacturers are not immune. They’re not only creating these products, they’re also working […]

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Global M&A for industrial products: On track to be a record-breaker

October 28, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader This may be the strongest year for M&A since the financial crisis. Deal activity for industrial products (IP) companies increased 25 percent year-over- year across the sector during the third quarter, according to our latest M&A report. Deal value in the first nine months of […]

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