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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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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 Jet.com - But Can It Catch Amazon?

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

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. might be running a distant second to Amazon.com 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, Amazon.com's Prime Day. Why do retailers invite peak-demand headaches?[more]

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After Brexit: How European Supply Chains Will Be Transformed

September 06, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

It's been more than two months since the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union, but the shock waves aren't close to subsiding - especially with regard to the impact on global supply chains.[more]

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New E.U. Privacy Law Will Hit Every Company Holding Europeans' Personal Data

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

Many Americans appear to believe that the exposure of their personal information on the internet is inevitable. But European regulators are having none of that.[more]

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Fast and Free: Can Smaller Online Retailers Meet Consumers' Delivery Demands?

August 22, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Amazon.com can meet e-commerce shoppers' demand for both fast and free delivery. But what about its smaller rivals?[more]

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Cheap Money Is No Replacement for Working Capital Optimization

August 15, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

There's no lack of creative options for managing cash in the supply chain today. So why aren't more companies taking advantage of them?[more]

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Why Supply Chains Can Follow the Goods, But Not the Money

August 08, 2016
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

For all the talk of "collaboration," the relationship between buyer and supplier in the supply chain is often more like a tug of war: in the end, one side wins, and the other loses.[more]

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