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Beyond Black Friday: New Challenges for Holiday Retailers

December 05, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

This year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday were bigger than ever. But the numbers could be concealing an underlying trend away from those key dates in the retail calendar.[more]

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Amazon Is Out to Conquer the Brick-and-Mortar Grocery Business

November 28, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Now Amazon.com, Inc. wants to be your neighborhood grocer. How's that likely to turn out?[more]

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Will Robots Put an End to Holiday Hiring in the Warehouse?

November 21, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

For retailers and distribution centers, the traditional method for coping with the chaos of the Christmas buying season has been to throw more bodies at the problem. But what if robots could do a better job of handling the surge of activity?[more]

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Post-Election, Can Trade Stop Being a Dirty Word?

November 14, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the political heat of this year's presidential election, the term "global trade" rarely carried positive connotations.[more]

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Staying Alive in an Ever-Changing Retail Landscape

November 07, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The traditional holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a microcosm of the big changes that are roiling retailers every day.[more]

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A Prescription for the Ills of Medical Supply Chains

October 31, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Waste in the use of high-value medical devices amounts to some $5bn year. No wonder healthcare costs are soaring.[more]

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Tear Up Your Paper: E-Invoicing Is Coming to the E.U.

October 24, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

News out of the European Union these days seems to be all about divisiveness and imminent economic chaos. So it's easy to overlook the latest reforms that promise to make life easier for traders doing business in the region.[more]

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Advice for Shippers Facing Rising Freight Rates in 2017

October 17, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

A message to shippers who have been paying rock-bottom rates for truck transport over the last couple of years: next year, that ride is likely to come to an end.[more]

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Big Trucks Will Have to Get Cleaner - And Industry Is Fine With That

October 10, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Federal regulators are mandating drastic reductions in emissions from heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years. And truck manufacturers and big shippers alike are applauding the move.[more]

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Walmart Buys E-Commerce Startup Jet.com - But Can It Catch Amazon?

October 03, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. might be running a distant second to Amazon.com Inc. in the e-commerce race, but it's spending billions of dollars to close the gap.[more]

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