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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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Waking Up From the West Coast Port Nightmare: Where Do We Go From Here?

March 09, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Assuming that the rank and file of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratifies the new five-year contract negotiated with terminal operators, West Coast ports can finally focus on getting container-handling operations back to normal. So is everyone happy?[more]

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Demand Planning at Coca-Cola: What's the Secret Formula?

March 02, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The sign in the elevator banks at Coca-Cola Refreshments reads: "There is a person at the end of our supply chain." Well, that's a start.[more]

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In Retail Demand Planning, The Numbers Can Lie

February 23, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Retail demand planning is, to a great extent, a game of numbers. But the store that relies entirely on hard statistics is likely to be in for an unpleasant surprise.[more]

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Food Supply Chains in 2015: A Banquet of Risk

February 17, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The food industry has a lot on its plate these days.[more]

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Why Procurement Is No Longer Just a Numbers Game

February 09, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

We've heard it before: chief procurement officers aren't just cost-cutters. They're contributing real value to the organization. But is that really true?[more]

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For Supply Chain, the Cloud Is Still on the Horizon

February 02, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

For all its promise of lower cost and easier management of software applications, cloud technology has yet to be fully embraced by supply chain managers.[more]

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Manufacturing Capacity Is Leaving China. But Where's It Going?

January 26, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

We've heard it before: manufacturing is leaving China and coming back to the West. But the reality isn't that simple.[more]

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Why Delivery Drones Aren't Quite Ready for Takeoff

January 19, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Expecting all that stuff you ordered over the internet to come to your doorstep by drone? Don't look up just yet.[more]

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