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Fast and Free: Can Smaller Online Retailers Meet Consumers' Delivery Demands?

August 22, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Amazon.com can meet e-commerce shoppers' demand for both fast and free delivery. But what about its smaller rivals?[more]

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Cheap Money Is No Replacement for Working Capital Optimization

August 15, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

There's no lack of creative options for managing cash in the supply chain today. So why aren't more companies taking advantage of them?[more]

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Why Supply Chains Can Follow the Goods, But Not the Money

August 08, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

For all the talk of "collaboration," the relationship between buyer and supplier in the supply chain is often more like a tug of war: in the end, one side wins, and the other loses.[more]

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How Robotics Process Automation Is Transforming Supply Chains

August 01, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The subject of robotics in production and distribution has been dominated by fear, hyperbole and misunderstanding. Critics of the technology would have us believe that robots are poised to take over the workplace, with little or no role for humans. So what are the real prospects for robotics in the supply chain?[more]

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In E-Commerce, Who Pays for 'Free' Shipping?

July 25, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the world of e-commerce, "free" shipping isn't really free. The question is, who pays for it?[more]

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In the Internet Age, Supply Chain Is Still a Risky Business

July 18, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

All the technology in the world won't protect you against the myriad of events that can severely disrupt a global supply chain.[more]

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Inventories Shrink in Latest Logistics Report: Is That Good or Bad?

July 11, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The annual State of Logistics Report has a new author this year - and with it, a marked shift in some key trends.[more]

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For E-Tailers Today, the Box Is as Important as Its Contents

June 27, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the world of e-commerce, the packaging is more than just a box. It's meant to "inspire and inform" consumers.[more]

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How Volvo Summoned an Army of Resources to Cut Energy Use at Its Plants

June 20, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It wasn't exactly a cast of thousands. But when The Volvo Group set out to slash energy usage at its North American manufacturing plants, it called on a wealth of partners from both the private and public sectors for help.[more]

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Around New Container-Weighing Rule, Confusion Reigns

June 13, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Still confused about what shippers must do to comply with that new regulation on the weighing of loaded containers at ports? You've got plenty of company.[more]

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