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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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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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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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