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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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How Technology Is Boosting Risk Levels at Ports and Terminals

April 04, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Without question, technology has been a boon to global trade. But it's also responsible for raising the risk factor at every stage of the supply chain - and especially at ports and terminals.[more]

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The Air Waybill Is Going Paperless - Slowly

March 28, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The electronic air waybill (eAWB) has arrived. But certain air freight forwarders and carriers are still holding on to the paper version for dear life.[more]

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Solutions to Bridging the Supply-Chain Talent Gap

March 21, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

All the uncertainty surrounding global trade and the economy doesn't appear to have put a dent in the market for supply-chain talent.[more]

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Container-Weighing Rule: And You Put the Load Right On ... Who?

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

Just who's responsible for weighing that ocean container? After several years of thrashing out a rule to combat the problem of misdeclared weights, regulators and rulemaking bodies still can't seem to agree.[more]

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Sharks vs. Jets on the West Coast Waterfront?

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

Here's a question for U.S. exporters who were grievously harmed by the West Coast longshore labor slowdown in late 2014 and early 2015: Would it make you feel any better to learn that you were the victims of "a street brawl"?[more]

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So Your S&OP Initiative Isn't Working Out? Here's Why

February 29, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

A lot of companies are falling short in their efforts to derive full value from the sales and operations planning (S&OP) function. But the main reason for their failure might surprise you.[more]

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TPP: A New Era of Trade, or the Monster Spawn of Nafta?

February 16, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Can we predict the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by examining the track record of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta)? Well, maybe.[more]

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Responsible Supply Chains: Are We Willing to Pay the Price?

February 08, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, Managing Editor, SupplyChainBrain

Are consumers really willing to pay more for a product that's environmentally sustainable and socially responsible? Depends on whom you ask.[more]

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