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On behalf of the entire Manufacturing & Distribution (M&D) Practice Group, we would like to welcome you to the latest edition of our quarterly newsletters. Each issue will contain timely insights from our experts centered on a theme – this quarter we are focusing on Technology. General-interest articles that affect both individual industries and the entire M&D sector are also included. We hope that you will find these articles interesting and of value, we certainly enjoyed putting them together for you.
 
- Kevin Pianko, Partner, M&D Practice Leader
- Kathryn A. Byrne, Partner, M&D Watch Editor-in-Chief      
Sector Highlight: Technology
Successfully Navigating the Stages of Technology Company Funding
By Nicole DiGiorgio
As a technology company grows, it passes through distinct funding stages, each of which has its own pitfalls. We discuss those obstacles and ways to overcome them. Click here to read full article.
 
Surveys
Participate in the WeiserMazars Water Industry Outlook Survey
We are seeking the views of leaders and decision makers like you in the water industry. To complete the survey click here.
 
Participate in the WeiserMazars Food & Beverage Study
What’s next for the Food & Beverage sector? What factor most influenced 2014 sales growth? What are companies most concerned about entering 2015?  Participate in the 2015 Food & Beverage Industry Study to gain answers to critical industry questions such as these. To complete the survey click here.
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Transportation & Logistics
Changing Asian Shipping Patterns and Current Supply Chain
By Jeffrey Cascini and Kerry Frey

Gradual changes in the costs of international shipping over the last decade are beginning to have a profound impact on the entire North American economy. Click here to read full article.

Consumer Products
Sales Tax Nexus and the Internet – A New Landscape
By Robert A. Goldstein and Matthew Dopkin
Five years after the Great Recession blasted large holes in government budgets, many states are still struggling to balance their books. Click here to read full article.

Food & Beverage
Solar Power – A Good Investment for Manufacturers and Distributors
By Vincent Paolucci

With consolidation on the rise and incentives for the food and beverage sector to reduce operating costs and increase cash flow, switching to solar power has become a way for companies to accomplish both while also becoming energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Click
here to read full article.
Upcoming Events
The Clean Show – April 16-19, 2015
We will be exhibiting at The Clean Show this year in Atlanta. Visit us at booth #3269 to learn about our accounting, auditing, tax, profitability consulting, succession planning, and company valuation services. Click here for more information.
 
NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Accounting & Finance Spring 2015 Conference – April 19-23, 2015
Robert K. Wilson & Jerome Devillers will be presenting the findings from the 2015 Water Industry Outlook at the NARUC Spring conference in New Orleans. Click here for more information.
 
New Jersey Food & Beverage Forum – May 14, 2015 
Our third annual NJ Food & Beverage Forum will feature networking for C-level executives and a best practices panel discussion with representatives from leading Food & Beverage companies. Click here for more information.
Energy & Utilities
Technology Presents Possible Solutions to Major Water Industry Challenges
By Robert K. Wilson
Respondents to the WeiserMazars LLP 2014 US Water Industry Outlook, who came from both private and public companies, identified three key challenges for the US water industry. Click here to read full article.

Manufacturing & Distribution

The True Face of Innovation
By Jason Slivka

Oftentimes, we feel that the best way for our organization to improve is to replicate the successes of other organizations within our industry. Click here to read full article.
Upcoming Webcasts
Reengineering a Company's Distribution Network – April 2015
The session will focus on the need, approach, analysis, benefits and reengineering of a company's Distribution Network. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Emerging Issues: FATCA Goes Global LIVE Webcast – Monday, April 13, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)
Susan Grbic will join a panel of key thought leaders to provide an overview of Emerging Issues as FATCA Goes Global. Click here for more information and to register.
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