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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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Emerging Markets and Diverging I.T. Strategies

October 20, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The condition of emerging-market economies seems to seesaw from week to week. But one thing remains constant: the failure of a lot of companies to shore up their supply chains in those countries with up-to-date information technology.[more]

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I.T. and Merger Mania: Keeping the Ship Afloat

October 13, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Think of the typical corporate merger as the meeting of two ocean liners. It's tough enough to combine the crews. But how do you mash together two engine rooms?[more]

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PLM Moves to the Cloud ... Gradually

October 06, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The world of product lifecycle management (PLM) has been turned upside down by a raft of technological breakthroughs.[more]

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Economic Forecasting: The View Through a Cloudy Crystal Ball

September 29, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Economists' predictions often disagree, but there's one thing they have in common: They're pretty much all wrong.[more]

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Like It or Not, Retailers Must Cope With a Higher Minimum Wage

September 22, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Here's a bit of advice for big-box retailers who fear a rise in the minimum wage: Get used to it.[more]

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In E-Commerce, the Race to Own the Last Mile Is Heating Up

September 15, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The field of companies offering rapid delivery of items ordered online is getting awfully crowded.[more]

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Big-Box Retailing: Will E-Commerce Blow the House Down?

September 08, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the folktale "The Three Little Pigs," a house made of brick is the one that the Big Bad Wolf can't blow down. If only today's brick-and-mortar retailers were as sturdy.[more]

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Will Postal Service Rate Cuts Steal Business From UPS and FedEx?

September 02, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The battle of the parcel carriers has begun.[more]

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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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