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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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Can Ports Keep Up With the Changing Needs of Container Lines?

June 06, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Those idle cranes in the Port of Oakland's Outer Harbor stand as mute testimony to the changes that are roiling container ports and terminals today.[more]

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How Supplier Vetting Is Becoming a Game of Numbers

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

When it comes to vetting suppliers, playing by the numbers might well be the best way to go.[more]

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The Brick Wall That Frustrates Omnichannel Fulfillment

May 23, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Keeping online buyers happy is easy. All you have to do is flood the channel with so much inventory that you're never out of stock. And probably go out of business in the process.[more]

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The Dawn of the Age of the 3D Printer

May 16, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It makes sense that a running shoe would stand for an increase in the speed with which manufacturers can "print" products on demand.[more]

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Amazon's Latest Hat: A Freight Forwarder From China

May 09, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Is there any aspect of the e-commerce buying experience that Amazon.com Inc. doesn't want to directly control?[more]

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Post-Recession, Mid-Sized Suppliers Seek New Avenues of Trade Financing

May 02, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Global businesses are still experiencing the aftereffects of the Great Recession of 2007-2009. But perhaps no sector has felt the pain more acutely than mid-market suppliers.[more]

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A Cryptocurrency Makes a Bid for Legitimacy

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

Cryptocurrency: The very word suggests shady dealings. But a new purveyor of an alternative digital payment method - to put it in more mundane terms - is seeking to change that.[more]

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