The distribution industry remains an important sector in the U.S. economy, with a vast majority of the nation’s distributors being family-run businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The dynamics of the industry are changing rapidly due to many factors including: reduced fill rate times, warehouse technology, “build where you sell” mandates, outsourcing and globalization. With so much change, you need a dedicated advisory team to provide you with sound professional “value added” advice. Our team is focused on financial, operational, and supply chain issues facing the industry. We are confident that our professionals will exceed your expectations. Our firm represents more than 200 distribution-related suppliers nationally.
Some of the industry sub-segments we serve include:
Challenges facing the industry:
Strategies for success:
Financial strength–Focus on liquidity and strengthening of the balance sheet. Implementation of flexible budget reporting.
In 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory (ASU 2015-11). This standard simplifies the subsequent measurement of inventory by replacing the "lower of cost or market" test with a new "lower of cost and net realizable value test." However, entities that use the LIFO or retail inventory methods, will continue applying their current impairment models.
2016 brought significant changes to personal property tax filing in Michigan.
This is a reminder that the Form 5278, Essential Services Assessment (ESA), must be certified (approved) and paid by August 15. Taxpayers have been mailed notifications reminding them to complete the process via the MTO System (Michigan Treasury Online). Payment must be made online. No invoices pertaining to the ESA are being mailed to taxpayers.
The original filing deadline in February has been extended to Tuesday, May 31, to file Form 5278 or resubmit a Form 5278 that had been denied due to an incomplete form. The form must be received by the local assessor's office by the deadline and postmarks are not acceptable.
For those that have filed Form 5278, "Affidavit and Statement for Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property and Essential Services Assessment (ESA)", the local assessor's office has transmitted this information to the Department of Treasury to create an Electronic ESA Statement (Statement). The ESA is a State-specific tax on eligible personal property owned by, leased to or in possession of an eligible claimant as of Dec. 31 of the year immediately preceding the assessment year. The tax is collected by the State, not the local assessor's office. The Statement will be available for taxpayer viewing as of May 1 via the Michigan Treasury On-Line System (MTO).