steel, tariffs, contracts

U.S. Manufacturing Contracts as Steel Tariffs Loom Large

 The U.S. manufacturing index contracted for the fourth straight month in November — just as the Trump administration resurrected steel and aluminum tariffs on Argentina and Brazil. Global trade issues, according to the Institute for Supply Management, remain the top cross-industry concern for America’s manufacturers as the year ends.  The ISM’s PMI dropped by 0.2…

manufacturing, index

Manufacturing Index Contracts for Third Straight Month

U.S. factory activity contracted for the third straight month in October as trade issues, the GM strike and global economic uncertainty plagued the market. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index registered 48.3 last month, up slightly from a 10-year low of 47.8 in September. New orders, employment and inventories all rose from September but…

contraction, manufacturing, factories

U.S. Manufacturing Contracts for First Time in 3 Years

The nation’s leading factory index in August contracted for the first time in three years as new orders, production and employment all fell below 50 — the threshold between growth and contraction. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI dropped to 49.1 percent last month, its lowest reading since 2016. Business confidence has also declined as…

Direct vs. Indirect Supplier Management: A Closer Look

Back in the day, when factories served as the templates for developing business processes, the distinction between direct and indirect procurement spending was pretty straightforward: direct spend was focused on the things that went into your product – raw materials, components, subcontracted manufacturing services, and so on. Indirect spend, which some have leeringly referred to…

High Tech Weighs Risks & Rewards of Moving Beyond China

Country-of-origin adjustments can help U.S. high-tech companies minimize geographical risks and mitigate the impact of tariffs. But the strategy can be costly, complicated and risky; and a decision that’s not easily undone. Tariffs are not going to just disappear, market experts say. Even with a delay on certain Chinese-import tariffs, the likelihood of a cease…

trade, tariff, mitigation, strategies

7 Strategies for Mitigating the Impact of Tariffs, Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles focusing on strategies that mitigate the impact of tariffs on imported goods. Tax and business advisory firm KPMG identified seven successful tactics in its webinar TradeWatch: Section 301 Tariffs; What we’ve Learned in Year One. This article covers recommendations four through seven. The U.S.-China trade war…

Looking Ahead: What Servitization Will Look Like In the Second Half

The midpoint of the year not only brings new challenges and opportunities, but also provides the chance to reflect and plan for the months ahead. The fast-approaching servitization-centered economy, where companies will no longer sell just products, instead owning the responsibility for the business outcome those products deliver, will encourage a shift to subscription-based businesses…