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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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Automakers Are Viewing Safety Issues in the Rearview Mirror

October 19, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Automotive manufacturers have all the tools they need to detect safety issues in the early stages of vehicle production. The problem is, they're not making use of them.[more]

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Global Trade Pacts Raise Unanswered Questions

October 12, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership have at long last come to a successful end. But ratification of the agreement is far from assured - and some key questions remain to be answered.[more]

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On the Cusp of the Third Robotics Revolution

October 05, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Robots have been working away in factories for more than half a century. But their full potential is far from being tapped.[more]

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