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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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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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The 'Single Window' for Trade Filing Is Finally on the Way

January 12, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It's a government program. It involves technology. And it's a good thing.[more]

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Happy New Year. Are You Ready for the Sharing Economy?

January 05, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The future of commerce in products and services lies in sharing. Is that a good thing?[more]

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Holiday Retail Madness: Who Will Pay for 'Free' Shipping?

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

There was a time, not too long ago, when retail industry analysts were predicting that online merchandisers would soon stop offering free shipping on orders. How wrong they were.[more]

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Managing the High-Risk Business of High-Tech

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

You would think that proper risk management would be top of mind for high-tech supply chain executives. So why do they keep getting it wrong?[more]

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West Coast Port Congestion: A Lesson in Risk Management

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

Argue all you want about the reasons behind gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports, but one conclusion is inescapable: it proves the need for effective supply-chain risk management.[more]

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S.F. Roundtable Envisions the Future, Part 2

December 01, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In which we hear more insightful predictions about the coming year and beyond from Bay Area supply-chain executives.[more]

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From the S.F. Roundtable, Another Peek Into the Future

November 24, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The future of supply-chain management doesn't rest within a crystal ball or psychic's parlor. It can be found each fall, at a dinner and panel hosted by the San Francisco Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.[more]

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Maybe the World Isn't As Globalized as We Thought

November 17, 2014
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Back in 2011, in the midst of an intensifying debate about the impact of globalization, author and academic Pankaj Ghemawat voiced a view that was in sharp contrast to the prevailing wisdom on the subject: "We're not nearly as globalized as we think we are."[more]

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