Business Forecast 2023

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Gathering Clouds and Growing Turbulence

By Phillip M. Perry

The economy will slow perceptively in 2023. Less robust activity in sectors such as housing, retailing and manufacturing will put downward pressure on growth and contribute to a deceleration in profits. Companies can prepare for a tougher environment by tracking cash flow closely, investing selectively and hiring prudently.

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2023 Brushware 125th Anniversary January-February Issue

 

Celebrate 125 years of Brushware with our January-February 2023 special anniversary issue, now available in digital format. Inside, you’ll find an interview with former publisher Norman Finegold and a profile of Eleonora Calavalle, Managing Director of Pennelli Cinghiale. We also have our annual economic forecast from Phillip M. Perry and insights from Lisa Anderson on overcoming supply chain challenges. In addition, don’t miss our comprehensive section on Q3 US import/export data and the full economic dashboard, including manufacturing PMI data and more.

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Inflation Busters: Protecting Profits As Costs Rise

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By Phillip M. Perry

Inflation is rising faster than any time in recent memory. Businesses must deal with rapid cost increases by managing cash flow efficiently and communicating effectively with customers and suppliers. The benefits of inventory reduction must be balanced against the need to maintain critical stock for top customers. Inflation has taken root. Businesses everywhere are dealing with annualized cost increases of nearly 7 percent — the fastest pace in 40 years and significantly higher than the 1.8 percent average of the past decade. The resulting upticks in operating costs can cause serious damage to the bottom line.

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2022 Brushware Summer Buyers’ Guide eMag Now Available

 

The 2022 Brushware Summer Buyers’ Guide July-August issue is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. This annual edition offers a full directory listing of the top companies in the industry along with a full product/category Buyers’ Guide Index — a handy macro view of products, raw materials, machinery, components and services for the brush, broom, paint products and mop industry. In addition, this issue offers Phillip M. Perry’s feature on inflation with insights on how to guide your business through this inflationary period.

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New Risks in Workers’ Compensation

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By Phillip M. Perry

Employers find themselves navigating a more complex regulatory environment as they try to reduce their workers’ compensation premiums and claim costs. States are introducing legislation that expands coverage to a greater spectrum of conditions and presumes workplace origination for COVID infections. Businesses are responding by reaching out to workers to preempt problems and bolster safety programs.

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Dealing With New OSHA Standards

More Inspections, Greater Citations Ahead

By Phillip M. Perry

This article originally appeared in the 2021 November/December Issue of Brushware magazine.

The Biden administration is issuing new OSHA guidelines and stepping up enforcement in a move to ensure workplace safety. Businesses are retooling operations and sanitation procedures to protect personnel from accidents and COVID-19 infections. OSHA has recently updated its recommendations for the mitigation of such infections in the workplace among unvaccinated or at-risk workers. Employers trying to avoid costly OSHA citations are facing new challenges in the form of heightened enforcement activity and greater liability for workplace COVID-19 infections. To lessen their exposure, businesses are retooling their operating environments to ensure compliance with state and federal standards.

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2022 Brushware January-February eMag Now Available

 

The 2022 January-February Brushware issue is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. This kickoff edition for 2022 features our annual Economic Forecast from Phillip Perry and a look at Gen Z in the Workplace from Meg Cooper. In addition, this issue includes coverage of the 2021 FEIBP Virtual AGM from Katharina Goldbeck-Hörz and Lisa Anderson’s column examines the current supply chain challenges and takes a look ahead. Readers will also find Q3 US Import/Export statistics and all of the latest industry news.

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2021 Brushware November-December eMag Now Available

 

The 2021 November-December Brushware Machinery Showcase and Supplier/Manufacturer Spotlight issue is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. This special digital version includes bonus content and 80 total pages of vital brush, broom, mop and paint product content. Along with the Machinery Showcase and Supplier/Manufacturer Spotlight, the issue includes a profile on Borghi’s Paolo Roversi and a feature on new OSHA standards from Phillip M. Perry. And Lisa Anderson’s column covers the current manufacturing resurgence.

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