Think Tank

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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Are Ocean Carriers and Shippers Focused on Service - Or Just Lip Service?

March 13, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It's been the same drill for years: Ocean carriers and shippers talking service, then fixating on price. Is this disconnect finally about to be disrupted?[more]

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Supply Chains Need to Grow. Will They Find the Cash to Do It?

March 06, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

These are unsettling times for global business leaders. And nothing makes them more nervous than the issue of access to working capital and liquidity for growth.[more]

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Infrastructure Funding Dilemma: Will the FAST Act Ever Get Out of First Gear?

February 27, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Another ambitious program for fixing and expanding the nation's transportation infrastructure. With no clear way how to pay for it. Déjà vu strikes again.[more]

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For Trucking Regulation, It's a Foggy Road Ahead

February 21, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

GPS technology can tell a commercial trucker all about routes and traffic conditions. But when it comes to predicting the regulatory landscape, the road ahead is a lot less clear.[more]

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Supply Chain May Be a Numbers Game, But It's Still Played by People

February 13, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Supply-chain management today is very much a game of numbers. But the risk of getting lost in the math is real.[more]

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U.S. Trade Policy: Taking a New Direction, or Mired in Chaos?

February 06, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

With the new Administration less than two weeks old, U.S. trade policy is in a state of extreme uncertainty, if not chaos. So where do we go from here?[more]

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Is the Economic Engine of Globalization Running Out of Gas?

January 30, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Years from now, we might well look back at the period from 2008 through 2015 as the Golden Age of Global Connectedness.[more]

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Lenovo's Key To Boosting Market Share: Become 'Amazon-Like'

January 23, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Lenovo Group Ltd. is the world's leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of personal computers. So why is it determined to overhaul the way it sells and markets product?[more]

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How Third-Party Risk Is Threatening the Stability of Global Supply Chains

January 16, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It's hard enough managing supply-chain risk within your own organization. But what about controlling the behavior of critical third parties?[more]

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The Cybersecurity Gap: Businesses Need To Step Up Their Game

January 09, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Despite our best efforts to guard against them, cyberattacks are getting more malicious, damaging and frequent.[more]

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