Manufacturing and Distribution

SMEs and Global Growth: Sustaining Growth and Development

Adapting products to local tastes, offering customers multiple purchase channels, and committing to each foreign market, are success factors for SMEs expanding internationally. When a small or mid-sized enterprise (SME) ventures abroad for the first time, its first aim is typically to kick-start sales and build a local market. That, however, only establishes a foothold. […]

SMEs And Global Growth: Navigating The Legal And Tax Maze

Even within a free trade zone, exporting can be complicated by varying national regulations and tax regimes; outside of free trade zones, the complexities multiply. American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin once famously said that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. Nowadays, no one is more painfully aware of the certainty of […]

What’s Driving Consumer Products Merger & Acquisitions?

During 2017, the Consumer Products industry exploded with significant merger and acquisitions (M&A) totaling approximately $136 billion dollars for the first half of the year. In April 2017, 7-Eleven announced that they will acquire the convenience stores and gasoline stations of Sunoco. During June 2017, Amazon announced that they would acquire Whole Foods, and Walgreens […]

Critical Areas to Achieve Success in Today’s Manufacturing Climate

In May 2017, the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) held an executive forum on supply chain innovation in Houston, Texas.  The event brought together company leaders to focus on emerging issues and trends, sharing on how to achieve success.  Thought leaders, including  Jay Timmons, CEO and President of NAM, Morgan Swink of Neeley School of […]

Cybercrime – A Major Threat to the Energy Sector

Copyright 2017, Knighthouse Publishing. Reprinted with permission. I’m not ashamed to admit that my life, like many of yours, has been made easier because of my iPhone.  I use it for everything, and it does pretty much everything I need. Today alone, I emailed a company’s CFO, set my fantasy baseball lineup, opened a door, […]

Food & Beverage Retail Marketplace Disruption

Competition to Meet Consumer Demand As recently as the 1990s, traditional food stores (such as Publix, Stop & Shop, Kroger, Albertsons and Shoprite) accounted for roughly 90% of retail food sales. Today brick and mortar sales are only half of that figure, accounting for only 45% of all retail food sales. This shift is due […]