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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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The Brexit Clock Is Ticking. How Should Global Companies Respond?

April 17, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

On March 29, British Prime Minister Theresa May officially set into motion the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, beginning a two-year period of negotiation and closure. The clock is ticking.[more]

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In Supplier Management, Companies Need to Step Up Their Game

April 10, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The ability to monitor the behavior and condition of one's suppliers depends on having access to hard numbers. But a surprisingly large percentage of companies lack this critical data.[more]

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Will Trade and Transport Measures Advance, or Slow to a Crawl?

April 03, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the wake of the defeat of his healthcare proposal, President Trump might well be hoping for a comeback in the form of passing new trade legislation. What are the chances of that happening?[more]

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Near-Shoring Is No Cure-all for the Traditional American Worker

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

The return of manufacturing to the U.S. and Europe from Asia is happening - but not at the pace that proponents of reshoring might hope. And there are some unexpected complications that need to be addressed.[more]

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How Shippers Can Protect Themselves Against Another Carrier Bankruptcy

March 20, 2017
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Should shippers and ocean carriers have seen the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. coming?[more]

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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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