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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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Are Carriers Changing Their Minds on Megaships?

April 18, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It takes a lot of time and energy to turn around one of those massive new containerships in mid-ocean. The same goes for reversing the assumptions that led to the construction of those behemoths in the first place.[more]

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Why Supply Chain Has Taken So Long to Migrate to the Cloud

April 11, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Supply-chain has gone to the cloud. The only question is: What took it so long?[more]

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