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Managing the High-Risk Business of High-Tech

December 15, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

You would think that proper risk management would be top of mind for high-tech supply chain executives. So why do they keep getting it wrong?[more]

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West Coast Port Congestion: A Lesson in Risk Management

December 08, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Argue all you want about the reasons behind gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports, but one conclusion is inescapable: it proves the need for effective supply-chain risk management.[more]

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S.F. Roundtable Envisions the Future, Part 2

December 01, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In which we hear more insightful predictions about the coming year and beyond from Bay Area supply-chain executives.[more]

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From the S.F. Roundtable, Another Peek Into the Future

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

The future of supply-chain management doesn't rest within a crystal ball or psychic's parlor. It can be found each fall, at a dinner and panel hosted by the San Francisco Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.[more]

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Maybe the World Isn't As Globalized as We Thought

November 17, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Back in 2011, in the midst of an intensifying debate about the impact of globalization, author and academic Pankaj Ghemawat voiced a view that was in sharp contrast to the prevailing wisdom on the subject: "We're not nearly as globalized as we think we are."[more]

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Closing the Loop on Recycling - And Making Money in the Process

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

Even in the age of recycling, forward and reverse supply chains have tended to be treated as separate disciplines. Now the world's largest retailer is partnering with major consumer goods manufacturers to help erase that distinction.[more]

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A Supply-Chain Made of Paper: Is It Sustainable?

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

Don't tell anyone, but deep into the Electronic Age, we're still using paper.[more]

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Apple's Supply-Chain Challenge: Keep It Secret. Then Tell the World.

October 27, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In Stanley Kubrick's Cold War black comedy "Dr. Strangelove," the Soviets have developed a devastating "Doomsday Device," to be triggered by a nuclear attack on the U.S.S.R. It's supposed to act as a deterrent, but has been kept a secret. Asks an exasperated American president of the Russian ambassador: "Why didn't you tell the world?" To which the...[more]

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Emerging Markets and Diverging I.T. Strategies

October 20, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The condition of emerging-market economies seems to seesaw from week to week. But one thing remains constant: the failure of a lot of companies to shore up their supply chains in those countries with up-to-date information technology.[more]

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I.T. and Merger Mania: Keeping the Ship Afloat

October 13, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Think of the typical corporate merger as the meeting of two ocean liners. It's tough enough to combine the crews. But how do you mash together two engine rooms?[more]

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