Fortify your walls with digital in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

September 27, 2016
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By Ian Kahn and Antoine Givens, PwC Today’s manufacturers are striving to adapt to a new world order. As unlikely competitors scale the formerly impenetrable walls of quality and brand, it’s no longer enough to just keep digital warriors at bay. Digitized customers now expect smart, tailored products; mobility; full transparency; and a seamless experience […]

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The high cost of skimping on tax technology investment in manufacturing

September 20, 2016
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By Chris Kontaridis, Partner, PwC The results of our recent survey with MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) on the use of tax technology were, frankly, disappointing—and a little surprising. While the use of technology has exploded in many manufacturing areas, there has been little change in tax usage from our last survey in […]

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Self-driving cars, brick-laying robots: Technology’s future is now

September 13, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader I’ve blogged a lot about technology in the last couple of years, saying that companies need to think about and prepare for the innovations that have the potential to disrupt their businesses. But I’ve read some news in the past month that has made me rethink […]

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Beyond the basics: How operations executives can plan for growth

September 7, 2016
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By Albert Kent, John Ranke, Amandeep Dehal, and Michael Kinder The bar has been raised again for operations executives. Gone are the days when an operations team’s core responsibility was to run a cost-efficient plant. Today, they are being tasked with growth. Easier said than done. Previous areas of focus – quality, service, inventory, and […]

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Will the A&D workforce be prepared for the future?

August 30, 2016
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By Jim Adams, Principal, Strategy& Workforce issues in aerospace and defense (A&D) are near the top of the list of challenges facing the industry. A significant number of workers in A&D are eligible for retirement or approaching retirement eligibility in the next five years. But the industry has little attrition and a low retirement rate. […]

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Is the Transportation & Logistics sector going digital too slowly?

August 23, 2016
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By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader, PwC A digital transformation is now underway in the transportation and logistics (T&L) sector. However, T&L companies are not moving as fast as others in related industries. In our interviews with 186 senior executives in 26 countries, only 28% say they’ve reached an advanced level of digitization. […]

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Will some forest, paper, and packaging companies fall behind in the race to digitize?

August 17, 2016
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By Max Blocker, Global and US Forest, Paper, & Packaging Leader, PwC There is a digital transformation taking place among industrial products companies. The forest, paper, and packaging (FPP) sector is no exception. The capital intense nature of the business, competition for sales, and tight margins are challenges that lend themselves to Industry 4.0 initiatives. […]

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What will this year’s airline industry survey say about the travel experience?

August 8, 2016
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By Jon Glick, Advisory Partner, US Transportation & Logistics Practice, PwC For the third year in a row, I’ll have the opportunity to share perspectives regarding key findings from the Global Passenger Survey (GPS) that will launch at the World Passenger Symposium on Oct. 16-18, 2016, in Dubai. This survey is conducted annually by the […]

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The chemicals sector is building out digital ecosystems…yet still has a way to go

August 2, 2016
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By Pam Schlosser, US Chemicals Industry Leader; and Venky Jayaraman, Principal, PwC Companies across all sectors in industrial products are in a race to exploit new digital technologies. And the chemicals companies are well on that journey, as they digitize essential functions within internal vertical value chains, and with horizontal supply-chain partners. They’re also enhancing […]

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Introducing PwC #DealsDay – Industrial products perspectives

July 28, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader PwC today launched the firm’s first-ever #PwCDeals Day where all of industry sector M&A reports are released to share PwC’s holistic look at M&A activity, while also looking at how individuals sectors compare to each other. PwC’s Industrial Products practice has analyzed M&A activity for the second […]

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