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Of Water, Snakes and Alligators: The World of Supply-Chain Risk

April 27, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

So you think you've anticipated every possible disaster in your supply chain risk-management plan? How about snakes and alligators in your clean rooms?[more]

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Can Apple's Supply Chain Handle the Apple Watch?

April 20, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Another Apple product. Another stampede to buy it.[more]

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Currency Rates Should Be Part of Your Risk-Management Strategy

April 13, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The impact of changing oil prices on international traders gets a lot of press. Less covered in the media, yet just as important to corporate profits, are fluctuations in the value of the dollar and other major currencies.[more]

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Teaching Schoolkids About the Supply Chain

April 06, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

When she entered college 20 years ago, Cheryl Dalsin didn't have a clue as to what supply-chain management was all about. It's likely that she had never heard the term. Now, she's determined to make sure that today's students aren't similarly ignorant about a promising career opportunity.[more]

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How the New UPS and FedEx Pricing Formula Is Affecting Shippers

March 30, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

We've had a few weeks to assess the impact on shippers of FedEx and UPS's adoption of dimensional weight pricing for all ground packages. What's the picture look like now?[more]

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Has Container Shipping Become a Commodity?

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

There was a time when ocean carriers fashioned themselves as providers of premium, door-to-door transportation. Not anymore.[more]

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Container Shipping Today: Mega-Ships and Mega-Problems

March 16, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

If we're to believe the big container lines, ever-larger ships are the remedy for their financial woes. Why, then, are so many of them still losing money?[more]

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Waking Up From the West Coast Port Nightmare: Where Do We Go From Here?

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

Assuming that the rank and file of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratifies the new five-year contract negotiated with terminal operators, West Coast ports can finally focus on getting container-handling operations back to normal. So is everyone happy?[more]

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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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