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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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More Adventures in Sustainability: Keurig Green Mountain

June 30, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The latest sustainability report from Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. finds a green company getting even greener.[more]

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Reverse Logistics: T-Mobile's 'Secret Weapon' for Generating Revenue

June 23, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It's been called everything from a nuisance to a necessary evil. But reverse logistics can be much more than that.[more]

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The Big Transportation Funding Debate: To Toll or Not to Toll

June 16, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Just about everybody wants to revitalize the nation's crumbling transportation infrastructure. Too bad we can't agree on how to pay for it.[more]

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FedEx's Move to Dimensional Pricing: How Shippers Should Respond

June 09, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Shippers are bracing for a big increase in the cost of moving packages by ground service.[more]

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Walmart Ramps Up Sustainability Effort, 'Invites' Suppliers to Join

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

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. doesn't do things on a small scale. So when it moved to expand its global sustainability effort, the retailing giant acted true to form.[more]

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Sustainability at H&M: Long Road Traveled, Long Road Ahead

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

If you're still not convinced that sustainability can be a big marketing tool for global brands, then take a glance at the latest "Conscious Actions" report from Hennes & Mauritz AB - known to clothing shoppers around the world as H&M.[more]

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SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule Is in ... Conflict

May 19, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Just two weeks before companies are required to begin filing reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the presence of conflict minerals in their products, confusion reigns.[more]

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