Crisis response and recovery resources to protect and enhance your business
These are unprecedented times. The rapid spread of COVID-19 and unforeseen disruptions can hit every component of your business. And the uncertainty of the situation can feel overwhelming as circumstances are constantly shifting.
Wipfli is committed to providing resources and support to help guide you and your organization through this crisis and beyond. The health and safety of our community — clients, friends and associates — is our highest priority. As is helping you navigate the turmoil of today and continue to strengthen your tomorrow.
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What manufacturers need to know before upgrading technology
Manufacturers, before upgrading your manufacturing technology, read through our six-step software selection process checklist.
As COVID-19 continues, here are 4 actions breweries can take
Breweries, it’s time to get strategic with your business decisions. We attended the Montana Brewers Association Conference, and we’ve got tips to share.
Manufacturers, make your move!
Here’s why its time to make your move on manufacturing technology.
The Gemba Walk: a tried and true strategy for improving employee retention
It’s critical for manufacturers to retain valuable employees. Here’s why the Gemba Walk is one of the most highly effective employee retention strategies.
Manufacturers can find recruitment opportunities through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis, and here’s how
Looking for creative recruiting ideas for manufacturing? In this COVID-19 crisis, look no further than the leisure and hospitality workers it’s displaced.
How manufacturers can communicate well in a crisis
Learn about the unique crisis response needs of manufacturers and how to create a crisis communications plan suited for manufacturing companies.
Wipfli calls on manufacturers to help combat shortages in COVID-19 crisis
Wipfli, a top 20 accounting and consulting firm, is helping rally manufacturers to support national efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
4 ways manufacturers can use their websites for crisis communications
During the COVID-19 crisis, manufacturers and distributors can use their websites to communicate with — and reassure — customers, dealers, suppliers, employees and other key audiences.
How crises cause industry disruption and innovation
The most industry disruption seems to occur after a crisis. In the midst of COVID-19, we look back on how past crises led to incredible innovation.
6 predictions: What manufacturing could look like after COVID-19
Life after COVID-19, for manufacturers, means jumping on opportunities for innovation.
How manufacturers have responded to COVID-19
For manufacturers, the response to COVID-19 has been creative and, at times, downright heroic.
How manufacturers can protect their supply chain in times of crisis
Supply chain risk management is especially critical in times of crisis like COVID-19. Here’s how to create a plan that protects your supply chain.
9 ways manufacturers can manage and increase cash flow
For manufacturers, it’s critical to increase cash flow during this uncertain and challenging time. There are nine significant ways manufacturers can manage and increase cash flow:
Keeping the shop floor lights on: Effective and safe options during COVID-19
In this time of the COVID-19 coronavirus, social distancing is possible on a shop floor, if manufacturers enact the right procedures.
5 policies that can keep your employees safe and your shop floor running
Keeping your shop floor safe during COVID-19 means forgoing business as usual and implementing these five policies.
Moving the manufacturing industry remote
Topics covered include:
- Social distancing on the shop floor and support functions
- Enabling associates to work remotely with technology you may already have — including access to ERP systems and VPNs
- Options to ramp up quickly and accelerate through the transition
Supply chain strategy: Responding to COVID-19 and preparing for the future
Topics covered include:
- Material spend, sourcing diversification and ordering patterns
- Supplier contracts, performance, development and competition
- ERP system workflows and optimization
- Protecting and managing cash flow
Oh, my overhead! How overhead can erode or increase your gross margin
Topics covered include:
- Identifying and understanding the drivers of your overhead
- Learning how to group your P&L statement by similar activities
- How overhead affects gross margin
- Using insights to evaluate pricing and product mix
Solutions to meet your needs
We’re here to help you.
Wipfli has been working with manufacturers for over 90 years to innovate and unlock the full potential of their business. Because COVID-19 has had such a huge impact on the U.S. economy and companies both small and large, we’ve pinpointed ways we can help manufacturers face their challenges head on and put themselves in the best position to succeed going forward.
- Enabling remote workers
- Supply chain response and strategy
- Trimming indirect expenses without affecting production
We also offer a full suite of solutions to help you with your finances, sales, operations, people and technology.
Featured Thought Leader
Ronald P. Hafner, CPA
With over 30 years of experience, Ron leads Wipfli's manufacturing and distribution practice and the public company (SEC) services practice. He works with public and private clients of all sizes, assisting them with financing transactions, accounting issues, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as performs audits and reviews.
Mark brings his clients the experience and skills developed through working more than 28 years in the manufacturing industry. He leads Wipfli's manufacturing and distribution consulting practice. From facility design to continuous improvement programs, Mark has guided local, national, and international manufacturing companies through all facets of business strategic planning, process improvement, operational excellence, and technology integration. He has a passion for helping manufacturers become more customer-effective and operationally efficient.
Brett Polglaze brings over 20 years of experience to Wipfli’s organizational performance management consulting team and has a passion for tackling complex organizational questions. From improving business process flows to assisting clients through complex system selections, his focus has always been to architect solutions that solve critical business issues. He has led all aspects of technology selection, implementation, and operations improvement initiatives.
With over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Joe leverages his skills and experience to lead, advise, and consult with his clients. Joe has guided manufacturing companies of all sizes and types through all facets of operational excellence and sales growth. He has a passion for and is fiercely focused on helping manufacturers become more operationally efficient to support their growth initiatives.
With over 28 years of experience, Dan is a senior manager on the technology management team. He works with clients in the areas of technology infrastructure, IT strategic planning and staff development, technology risk management, business continuity planning, and information security.
Supply chain assessment
Learn how Woodway gained focus and prioritized projects to improve supply chain processes with Wipfli.