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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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Big Ships, Small Infrastructure: A Recipe for Disaster

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

By the time you read this, the largest containership ever to call a U.S. port will have visited the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland. It won't be the last. But will regulation and environmental pressures prevent carriers from developing the infrastructure needed to handle these seagoing behemoths?[more]

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When Your Supplier Becomes Your Competitor

December 21, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

How would you like to spend substantial amounts of time and money on establishing an overseas supplier to manufacture your product - only to see that partner start competing against you with its own brand?[more]

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Not So FAST: What the New Transportation Funding Bill Lacks

December 14, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The reviews are in, and they're nearly all raves. Just about everyone seems happy about the enactment of a long-term, long-awaited transportation bill.[more]

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