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    March 2016
 
 
Welcome To Our Newsletter!
 
On behalf of the Manufacturing & Distribution (M&D) Practice Group,  welcome to the March edition of our quarterly newsletter! This issue focuses on Energy & Utilities, with additional general-interest articles that affect both individual industries and the entire M&D sector. We have also provided information on several of our current surveys and upcoming events and webcasts. As always, we hope that you will find these items interesting and of value.

- Kathryn A. Byrne, Partner, M&D Practice Leader
 
           
SECTOR HIGHLIGHT: ENERGY & UTILITIES
Regulatory Compliance and the Water Industry
By Brian Jones

Regulatory compliance (environmental and economic) is a significant challenge facing the water industry. Various federal, state and local regulations are put in place with objectives ranging from keeping the public and environment safe to protecting customers from unjustified rising tariffs.
 
Energy and Renewable Energy Provisions Extended
By Candace Quinn and Nathan Pliskin

At the end of 2015, President Obama signed numerous tax extensions and modifications into law. A number of these provisions will impact energy and renewable energy businesses moving forward.
 
FEATURED ARTICLES
Consumer Products
Transfer Pricing and the IRS, What You Need To Know.
By Rita Chung and Isabella Martinez

Transfer pricing has become a key area of focus for tax authorities around the world. Click here to read article.
 
Food & Beverage
Customer and Product Profitability Analysis - A Must!!
By Louis J. Biscotti

All too often, food and beverage companies do not analyze customer and product profitability. It is one of the most important items we address with our clients. Click here to read article.
 
Exploring Supermarkets' Need for Quality Control: 'Inadequate attention can lead to loss of sales'
By David W. Ostrow

One of the key factors in running a successful supermarket is establishing consistent quality control – both in terms of having a high volume of stock and in the quality of individual products as they are delivered to the store. Click here to read article.
 
Industrials
Innovation and Improvement Trends for 2016 in Industrials Manufacturing
By John Barone

After slowly rebounding from the recession, the outlook for 2016 in the industrial manufacturing sector is uncertain and skepticism about continued growth has returned. Click here to read article.
Tax Update
Tax Update
By Seth Rabe and Harold Hecht | Nathan Pliskin | Candace Quinn and Michael Kim | Jonas Lasala

Click here to read the updates on State and Local Taxes, Tax Practice & Procedures, Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), International Tax and International Tax Reform.
 
Transportation & Logistics
Port Authority Attempts to Enhance Productivity
By Paru Shah and Alisha Jernack

In late 2013, the Port Authority created the Port Performance Task Force (PPTF) to provide a framework for constituents in the Port of NY and NJ (Port) to discuss areas of common interest and more. Click here to read article.
 
FEATURED EVENTS
French American Chamber of Commerce Luxury Symposium
March 31, 2016
New York, NY

WeiserMazars is sponsoring the first-ever French-American Luxury Symposium in New York City.  This Symposium will focus on the central theme of Innovation And Tradition: A Paradox Rich In Opportunity at a crucial time for the Luxury Industry, which is facing a significant wind of change – perhaps its largest ever.
 
WWEMA 43rd Annual Washington Forum
April 12-14, 2016
Washington, D.C

Bob Wilson will be speaking during Water Week about a white paper to be released this winter on the "circular economy" and the potential impacts it could bring to the manufacturing sector.
 
Retirement Plan Readiness: Trends, Opportunities, Mitigating Risk
April 21, 2016
New York, NY

Candace Quinn will be speaking at this breakfast event about retirement challenges that employers and employees will face in both the short and long term resulting from legislated and demographic changes.
Click here to register.
 
WaterVent
April 21-22, 2016
BakerHostetler, Phildadelphia
WeiserMazars is sponsoring the 9th WaterVent forum in Philadelphia. Designed to bring water technology (and those related in the water nexus) entrepreneurs and investors together in an exclusive one-on-one setting in order to accelerate growth by support in attracting clients, assess business opportunities and facilitate financing in the water sector.
 
CIANJ’s International Business Roundtable Workshop - Thinking of Expanding Your Business Here or Across our Borders?
April 29, 2016
Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel, NJ

WeiserMazars is sponsoring CIANJ’s inaugural workshop on going international. Gene Ferraro, International Tax Leader, will be speaking on Understanding The Challenges & Identifying Opportunities with Exporting/Importing Your Goods and Services and Kathryn Byrne, Manufacturing & Distribution Leader, will be moderating a panel discussion on best practices and experiences working overseas.
Exit Strategies for the Family Business
PRINCETON, NJ
May 4, 2016
Blank Rome LLP

NEW YORK, NY
June 1, 2016
Blank Rome LLP

WeiserMazars and Blank Rome are pleased to present two interactive seminars exclusively for a small group of family business owners who wish to learn more about possible exit strategies. Richard Bloom, Partner, will be speaking on Estate Planning for an Exit Strategy and Howard Dorman, Partner, will present on Advance Planning for an Exit Strategy.
 
New Jersey Food & Beverage Forum

May 19, 2016
Pleaseantdale Chateau, NJ

Save the Date for our the premier CEO networking event! Click here for more information.
 
Food & Beverage CFO Boot Camp
June 15, 2016
New York, NY

The WeiserMazars Food & Beverage CFO Boot Camp has been developed as a result of our popular Food and Beverage Industry CEO Best Practices Forums and the need for more in-depth topics for the CFO. World class speakers from leading companies in the fields of Finance, Investing, M&A, Accounting and Tax, will illuminate issues of concern to the food and beverage industry.
 
FEATURED SURVEYS
Mazars' Global Aerospace Survey
The purpose of this survey is to better understand the strategies implemented by aerospace suppliers in responding to the challenges posed by growing production rates and give you, the reader, the opportunity to benchmark yourself with these practices. Click here to participate.
 
WeiserMazars' U.S. Food & Beverage Industry Survey
This survey seeks the views of leaders and decision makers in the food & beverage industry. With the help of survey respondents, we will define industry trends and build a knowledge base of food & beverage challenges, opportunities, and other factors that are critical to shape the future of the food & beverage industry. Click here to participate.
 
FEATURED WEBCASTS
The Short Straw: FATCA Through the Lens of the Responsible Officer
April 6, 2016
Speakers: Susan Grbic, Tim Evans, Rob Smith
 
Consumer Products
August 3, 2016
Speaker: Stuart Nussbaum
 
Save the Date - Details to Follow.
 
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ARCHIVED ARTICLES
UPCOMING EVENTS
OUR SERVICES
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