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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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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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A Port With Too Much Container Space? Welcome to the Bizarro World

February 01, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, Managing Editor, SupplyChainBrain

In the Superman comics, the Bizarro World is a planet where normal people and events become strangely inverted. Which, in the world of global trade and supply chain, appears to be happening with increasing regularity.[more]

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Unprepared Supply Chains Are 'Driving Blindfold' Toward Disaster

January 25, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, Managing Editor, SupplyChainBrain

What's the biggest risk to global supply chains today? Natural disasters? Terrorism? Supplier failure? Port strikes? How about ignorance?[more]

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How Does a U.S. Materials Manufacturer Compete? By Bringing the Pain

January 18, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, Managing Editor, SupplyChainBrain

It's tough for a U.S. materials manufacturer to keep pace with foreign competition - especially when it's burdened with "tools from the stone age."[more]

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Freight Regulation and Profitability: Can We Strike a Balance?

January 11, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, Supply Chain Brain

Want to get a sense of how new federal regulations will affect transportation tomorrow? Look at California today.[more]

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