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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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The Controversy Over Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air

May 18, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Lithium ion batteries are found in countless high-tech products laptops, medical devices, security systems, disaster relief equipment and weather monitors, to name just a few. But are they too dangerous to ride on airplanes?[more]

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FAA Needs to Stop Droning on About UAVs

May 11, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

So the Federal Aviation Administration has given Amazon.com, Inc. permission to begin testing delivery drones in the U.S. But there are still a number of logistical hurdles to be overcome, before the technology becomes feasible for everyday commercial use.[more]

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At Southern Calif. Ports, the Battle Over Independent Truckers Rages

May 04, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Just when you thought it was safe to move a container through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, another labor dispute boils up.[more]

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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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