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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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New Truck-Monitoring Technology: It's Just Down the Road

December 07, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Imagine a truck that "knows," while in transit, that it's about to experience a mechanical failure, how serious the problem is, what's required to fix it, and exactly where the driver should go to get the job done.[more]

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How Many Shippers Have a TMS? The Answer Might Surprise You

November 30, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

How do you tell the difference between a high- and low-performing business? Find out what they're paying for transportation.[more]

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Integrated Business Planning: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

November 23, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The point of running a business is to make a profit. So it seems odd that, when companies move to integrate their operations, they so often leave finance out of the picture.[more]

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Will A Paris Summit Yield Green Results?

November 16, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Inevitable, irreversible and irresistible. That's how some environmental experts view the coming of "the low-carbon economy."[more]

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From Minerals to Palm Oil: Another Supply-Chain 'Conflict'

November 09, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Blood diamonds. Conflict minerals. And now, conflict palm oil.[more]

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Who Wants to Work in a Warehouse?

November 02, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and retailers are bulking up their supply chains to handle the expected surge in sales. Finding enough warehouse workers to fill the orders, however, could prove to be a tough challenge.[more]

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Will Mexico's Growing Ports Pose a Threat to U.S. Gateways?

October 26, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Mexico is competing with the U.S. for manufacturing work coming back to the western hemisphere from China and other parts of Asia. Will it pose the same challenge for U.S. ports?[more]

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