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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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In E-Commerce, the Race to Own the Last Mile Is Heating Up

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

The field of companies offering rapid delivery of items ordered online is getting awfully crowded.[more]

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Big-Box Retailing: Will E-Commerce Blow the House Down?

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

In the folktale "The Three Little Pigs," a house made of brick is the one that the Big Bad Wolf can't blow down. If only today's brick-and-mortar retailers were as sturdy.[more]

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Will Postal Service Rate Cuts Steal Business From UPS and FedEx?

September 02, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The battle of the parcel carriers has begun.[more]

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While WTO Dithers, Traders Should Act

August 25, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The path to harmonized and streamlined global trade is steep and strewn with boulders.[more]

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Yet Another Short-Term Fix for Transportation Funding

August 11, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Transportation industry groups are lining up to praise Congress's passage of a bill to resuscitate the Highway Trust Fund. But there's little reason to celebrate.[more]

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Seven Best Practices for Supply Chains in 2025

August 04, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The seeds of tomorrow's global supply chains are being planted today.[more]

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How Can Traditional Retailers Fight Amazon? With 'Virtual' Inventory

July 28, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Amazon.com is attacking traditional retailers on all fronts. How can they fight back?[more]

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Pharmaceutical Supply Chains: The Riskiest Business

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

All supply chains entail a certain degree of risk. But none faces a more daunting challenge than the business of pharmaceuticals.[more]

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How Legacy I.T. Can Sabotage a CEO's Agenda for Change

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

Newly hired chief executive officers arrive at their companies in a flurry of publicity and promise, determined to place their personal stamp on the organization. But there's one element that can cripple their efforts from the very start.[more]

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Never Mind a Possible Strike. Heres the Real Problem at West Coast Ports

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

Importers and exporters were holding their collective breath last week, praying that negotiations for a new West Coast longshore labor contract wouldn't result in a temporary shutdown of the ports. But service providers were just as concerned about what happens if they stay open.[more]

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