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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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Post-Election, Can Trade Stop Being a Dirty Word?

November 14, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the political heat of this year's presidential election, the term "global trade" rarely carried positive connotations.[more]

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Staying Alive in an Ever-Changing Retail Landscape

November 07, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The traditional holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a microcosm of the big changes that are roiling retailers every day.[more]

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A Prescription for the Ills of Medical Supply Chains

October 31, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Waste in the use of high-value medical devices amounts to some $5bn year. No wonder healthcare costs are soaring.[more]

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Tear Up Your Paper: E-Invoicing Is Coming to the E.U.

October 24, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

News out of the European Union these days seems to be all about divisiveness and imminent economic chaos. So it's easy to overlook the latest reforms that promise to make life easier for traders doing business in the region.[more]

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Advice for Shippers Facing Rising Freight Rates in 2017

October 17, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

A message to shippers who have been paying rock-bottom rates for truck transport over the last couple of years: next year, that ride is likely to come to an end.[more]

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Big Trucks Will Have to Get Cleaner - And Industry Is Fine With That

October 10, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Federal regulators are mandating drastic reductions in emissions from heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years. And truck manufacturers and big shippers alike are applauding the move.[more]

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Walmart Buys E-Commerce Startup - But Can It Catch Amazon?

October 03, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. might be running a distant second to Inc. in the e-commerce race, but it's spending billions of dollars to close the gap.[more]

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Walmart Shrinks Delivery Window; Turns Up Pressure on Suppliers

September 26, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The requirements for being a supplier of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. just keep getting tougher.[more]

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The Painful Lessons of the Hanjin Bankruptcy

September 19, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Having weathered numerous downturns in the past, major container lines might have thought they were immune from the laws of supply and demand. Now they know better.[more]

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How Amazon's Prime Day Creates New Challenges for Traditional Retailers

September 12, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

First there was Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. And now,'s Prime Day. Why do retailers invite peak-demand headaches?[more]

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