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Seeking Higher Ground: How One EMS Provider Is Redefining an Industry

May 22, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

There was a time when contract manufacturers performed one specific task: making products, usually of a high-tech nature, while staying well behind the scenes. But that time is long gone.[more]

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How FDA's Rule on Medical-Device Tracking Can Cure a Sick Supply Chain

May 15, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Regulation is usually viewed by the private sector as a burden. But sometimes it makes good business sense.[more]

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The Changing Role of the CPO: With Respect Comes Responsibility

May 08, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

A "celebrity" chief procurement officer? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?[more]

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Facing the Task of Facilitating WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement

May 01, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Free trade seems to have few friends in positions of power these days. But advocates of removing obstacles to the flow of international trade got at least one piece of good news earlier this year.[more]

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For 3M, Technology Was the Key to a New Supply-Chain Mindset

April 24, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It only makes sense that The 3M Company, with a business model resting almost entirely upon technology, would eventually get around to applying it to the supply chain.[more]

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The Brexit Clock Is Ticking. How Should Global Companies Respond?

April 17, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

On March 29, British Prime Minister Theresa May officially set into motion the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, beginning a two-year period of negotiation and closure. The clock is ticking.[more]

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In Supplier Management, Companies Need to Step Up Their Game

April 10, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The ability to monitor the behavior and condition of one's suppliers depends on having access to hard numbers. But a surprisingly large percentage of companies lack this critical data.[more]

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Will Trade and Transport Measures Advance, or Slow to a Crawl?

April 03, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the wake of the defeat of his healthcare proposal, President Trump might well be hoping for a comeback in the form of passing new trade legislation. What are the chances of that happening?[more]

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Near-Shoring Is No Cure-all for the Traditional American Worker

March 27, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The return of manufacturing to the U.S. and Europe from Asia is happening - but not at the pace that proponents of reshoring might hope. And there are some unexpected complications that need to be addressed.[more]

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How Shippers Can Protect Themselves Against Another Carrier Bankruptcy

March 20, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Should shippers and ocean carriers have seen the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. coming?[more]

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