For US industrial manufacturers the skies are clearing

January 27, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader; and Bobby Bono, Partner, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US manufacturers are feeling a lot more confident about the domestic economy, leading to plans for more hiring and operational spending. According to our Q4 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, optimism regarding prospects for the US economy during the […]

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What are you doing to bridge the talent gap? 8 tips to help manufacturers recruit and retain skilled workers

January 21, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader We’ve heard it in conversations with clients, in our most recent CEO survey, and in our latest Manufacturing Barometer report: industrial manufacturing companies are having trouble filling jobs. And manufacturers say they plan to add jobs in the next year, so the problem will become […]

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Shale gas in the US: What now?

January 13, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader Oil and natural gas prices are continuing to fall and US oil companies are cutting back on the number of rigs in operation. Shale activity, which has been going strong for several years, is slowing down in places where the costs outstrip profits. With low […]

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To disrupt or be disrupted: Which will you choose?

January 6, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader What’s in store for us in 2015? Machines that repair themselves? Passenger planes that fly without human pilots? Maybe. Once the stuff of fantasy, they are in the realm of the possible. New technologies – 3D printing, CNC (subtractive manufacturing), mobile computing, nanotechnology, intelligent sensors, […]

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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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