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Blog Photo ... Think Tank is where the editors of SupplyChainBrain share their thoughts and comments on the latest supply chain trends and developments. Read what they have to say and then join the discussion by posting your own observations.
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Demand Planning at Coca-Cola: What's the Secret Formula?

March 02, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The sign in the elevator banks at Coca-Cola Refreshments reads: "There is a person at the end of our supply chain." Well, that's a start.[more]

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In Retail Demand Planning, The Numbers Can Lie

February 23, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Retail demand planning is, to a great extent, a game of numbers. But the store that relies entirely on hard statistics is likely to be in for an unpleasant surprise.[more]

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Food Supply Chains in 2015: A Banquet of Risk

February 17, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The food industry has a lot on its plate these days.[more]

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Why Procurement Is No Longer Just a Numbers Game

February 09, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

We've heard it before: chief procurement officers aren't just cost-cutters. They're contributing real value to the organization. But is that really true?[more]

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For Supply Chain, the Cloud Is Still on the Horizon

February 02, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

For all its promise of lower cost and easier management of software applications, cloud technology has yet to be fully embraced by supply chain managers.[more]

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Manufacturing Capacity Is Leaving China. But Where's It Going?

January 26, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

We've heard it before: manufacturing is leaving China and coming back to the West. But the reality isn't that simple.[more]

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Why Delivery Drones Aren't Quite Ready for Takeoff

January 19, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Expecting all that stuff you ordered over the internet to come to your doorstep by drone? Don't look up just yet.[more]

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The 'Single Window' for Trade Filing Is Finally on the Way

January 12, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It's a government program. It involves technology. And it's a good thing.[more]

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Happy New Year. Are You Ready for the Sharing Economy?

January 05, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The future of commerce in products and services lies in sharing. Is that a good thing?[more]

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Holiday Retail Madness: Who Will Pay for 'Free' Shipping?

December 22, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

There was a time, not too long ago, when retail industry analysts were predicting that online merchandisers would soon stop offering free shipping on orders. How wrong they were.[more]

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