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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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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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Predicting Trade Trends: Why We Get It Wrong

September 28, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Is it possible that the world is moving too fast for economics experts to keep up?[more]

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Reshoring From China Is a Done Deal - Sort Of

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

Companies shifting manufacturing from China back to the U.S.? That's old news. Given the recent economic setbacks in the Chinese economy, however, you have to wonder whether the trend will continue.[more]

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Supplier Compliance Programs: The Gap Between Talk and Walk

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

Companies say they have effective supplier compliance programs in place. But reality says something quite different.[more]

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A Same-Day Delivery Provider Drops Out, But the Race Goes On

August 31, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

In the increasingly frantic race to offer same-delay delivery to online purchasers, one contestant has spun out and hit a wall.[more]

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Why Hands-Free Phones Aren't the Answer to Driver Safety

August 24, 2015
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

All those nifty new communications devices installed in modern-day vehicles promise to make commercial trucking more efficient than ever before. And more dangerous, too.[more]

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