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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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PLM Moves to the Cloud ... Gradually

October 06, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The world of product lifecycle management (PLM) has been turned upside down by a raft of technological breakthroughs.[more]

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Economic Forecasting: The View Through a Cloudy Crystal Ball

September 29, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Economists' predictions often disagree, but there's one thing they have in common: They're pretty much all wrong.[more]

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Like It or Not, Retailers Must Cope With a Higher Minimum Wage

September 22, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Here's a bit of advice for big-box retailers who fear a rise in the minimum wage: Get used to it.[more]

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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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