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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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Supply Chain's Carbon Impact: More Than a Footprint

April 21, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Carbon footprint: What a misleading metaphor that is.[more]

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CPG Suppliers: Drowning in the Sea of Big Data

April 14, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

No doubt about it - consumer packaged goods companies are drowning in data today.[more]

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Same-Day Delivery Is Going to Be Big - Some Day

April 07, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Same-day delivery of items ordered online or from stores is an irresistible idea. Now if retailers could only figure out how to make it work.[more]

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The Air-Cargo Freighter as Endangered Species

March 31, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It's getting harder and harder to keep air-cargo freighters profitably aloft.[more]

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Paper Planes: What's Keeping Air Cargo Carriers From Automating?

March 24, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Fast and innovative: that's the image conveyed by the air cargo industry. So why is it lagging so badly when it comes to automating documentation and standardizing key procedures?[more]

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Will Ocean Carriers Scuttle Their Future (Again)?

March 18, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It looks as though we're in for a year of continued economic recovery and job growth, however gradual. That should be good news for ocean carriers - assuming they don't undermine their own success by flooding the market with capacity, then engaging in rampant discounting to fill it.[more]

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Ocean Carrier Mega-Alliances: A Question Mark for Shippers

March 10, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

I'd like to propose a symbol for those huge new vessel-sharing alliances that will dominate the global container trades this year and beyond: a great big question mark.[more]

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Love It or Hate It, Trade Is Driving Economic Recovery

March 03, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Buyers and sellers appear generally optimistic about the prospects for trade and the economy this year. Let's hope they're not whistling in the dark.[more]

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The Case for Free Trade

February 24, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The U.S. has seen a substantial portion of its manufacturing base eroded by cheap overseas production. American workers blame free trade. So why should we speed up the process?[more]

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The Case Against Free Trade

February 18, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Was there ever a time when trade wasn't a polarizing subject? Judging from the endless debate, it's either the key to economic prosperity, or a catastrophe for the common worker. There seems to be no middle ground.[more]

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