The new 5G network is getting a lot of play in the press. The next generation of 5G networks will be 100 times faster than the current 4G networks. 5G networks do not have the latency issues of 4G networks and allow for a large amount of connections. The flexibility of this new technology has given many the hope that it can further support the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Manufacturing has been through three industrial revolutions from the use of water and steam to electricity to automation. The next revolution involves connecting existing machines to one network. Appropriately, it has been dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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According to a new Standard & Poor’s report, there are two key indicators that will tell you what kind of shape the manufacturing industry is in. The first is the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index and the second is the Federal Reserve’s Capacity Utilization Index for motor vehicles and parts. A reading above 50 percent for the ISM index indicates that manufacturing is expanding in the US, and below 50 means that it is contracting. History shows that each time since 1983 that the index fell below 43 percent “speculative grade” automotive companies began to panic. Similarly any time the Fed’s utilization rate dropped below 72 percent during that period, it caused stress to automotive companies.
A large majority of manufacturers in the United States are considered small, whether a lower middle-market firm or a true small business. In 2015, there were 251,774 firms in the manufacturing sector, with roughly 74% of the firms having 20 or less employees and 98.5% of the firms having less than 500 employees.
On June 21, 2018, in a five to four majority decision deciding the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, the US Supreme Court overturned 50 years of precedent. Businesses now face a new landscape for sales and use tax with the decision significantly expanding the authority states have to impose transaction taxes upon out of state companies of all types.
According to a new Standard & Poor’s report, there are two key indicators that will tell you what kind of shape the manufacturing industry is in. The first is the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index and the second is the Federal Reserve’s Capacity Utilization Index for motor vehicles and parts.
What comes to mind when you think of companies like Apple, Patagonia, and Ferrari? Success. Vision. Passion. Purpose. Most likely, it’s a combination of all these answers. These companies have a reputation for not only being highly successful, they are also known for their strategic forward-looking vision, passion for what they do, and clear purpose. These companies transcend manufacturing; they have nurtured cultures that focus both on business and the additional impact they can have on the world. How do they accomplish this, and what does this have to do with manufacturing?
To enhance transparency and comparability of financial statements and minimize off-balance sheet items, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued its long-awaited new accounting requirements for leases (“ASC 842”) in early 2016. There are elements of the new accounting requirements for leases that could impact almost all entities to some extent, although lessees will likely see the most significant changes.