If you are considering a new manufacturing warehouse or operations location, the 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card may offer some useful insights. The Report Card gives a grade to each state on how likely manufacturers are to locate warehouses or production within the state.
Here are a few considerations worthy of a second look on the report:
- Sector diversification: States with a higher diversification among industries are considered more stable for new companies to build businesses in. Diversification weathers economic downturns better, as well as sector issues, problems, or drops.
- Worker benefit costs: How much it costs to employ people varies from state to state. Healthcare and insurance regulations factor prominently into the local business climate, with some states offering friendlier business policies and others enforcing worker protections more tightly. Some states have lower insurance costs. These must be considered when you’re opening new factories or moving manufacturing facilities.
- Tax climate: Taxes are often in the news, and seem like the most important factor when companies decide where to do business. But taxes are just one part of the equation.
- Expected fiscal liability gap: The expected fiscal liability gap is a predictor of future taxation increases. A big gap means taxes may increase to cover pension plans or bonds issued for infrastructure improvements, for example. Knowing this can help you make a wise decision based on potential future directions.
- Global reach: The level of international trade from within a state can also be an important factor when you’re weighing where to move or start a manufacturing business.
- Productivity and innovation: Both productivity, or how much one worker can produce, and innovation are included in the report card, and are included in many companies’ plans when expansion is discussed. Both are important to your overall bottom line and growth.
Are you wondering if one state had a considerably better grade than the rest? The answer is no. Each state is unique and has its owns benefits and drawbacks. Some may have done better on worker productivity while others had a high score on tax friendliness. The report card isn’t generated to draw conclusions or give recommendations. It’s just meant to be a visual tool of where you may want to explore your manufacturing warehouse or production options.
New Options for Manufacturing Warehouse and Production
Scanco has expanded to offer manufacturing automation solutions for Sage 100 and Sage 500. Combined with our respected warehouse automation systems, your new locations can be more efficient than ever.
For Sage 100 users, we provide manufacturing barcoding systems so that you can efficiently collect information on your shop floor. If you need a mobile system to automate orders, take a look at XScan. We also offer JOScan, which allows your warehouse, field service, or remote teams to capture labor, material, status, and time card information using handheld or desktop barcode scanning solutions.
If you use Sage 500 to run your business, check out our new offering, Sage 500 Manufacturing Automation. With this manufacturing automation solution, you can perform transactions including material issues and returns, labor transactions, and production entry on a hand-held device. This allows manufacturers to gain a real time view of each step of every work order.
Scanco is on a mission to provide the best mobile automation for warehousing and manufacturing in the industry. Not only do we provide the best products for streamlining your business, we have certified consultants who can review your current processes and make recommendations for change. Contact us for a free consultation about automating your warehouse and manufacturing operations.