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Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

The Republicans’ tax-reform measure is now the law of the land. So what’s going to happen to all that cash that’s been sitting in the overseas accounts of U.S. multinationals? Is it coming home?[more]


A Cryptocurrency That Embraces Regulation

A Cryptocurrency That Embraces Regulation

Is the Wild West of cryptocurrencies about to be tamed?[more]


The Future of Freight: 'Uberization' and Self-Driving Trucks

The Future of Freight: ‘Uberization’ and Self-Driving Trucks

For all the dramatic advances in technology, the fundamentals of commercial transportation have remained constant for centuries: the shipper books a load, and the driver delivers it. But the next few years could see a radical transformation in the way that event takes place.[more]


Laboratory Products Get a 'Green' Label. How About Consumer Goods?

Laboratory Products Get a “Green” Label. How About Consumer Goods?

It’s been 23 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began requiring "nutrition facts" labels on most food products. Is it time to do the same for disclosing the environmental impact of laboratory products?[more]


Yes, Some Customers Are More Equal Than Others

Yes, Some Customers Are More Equal Than Others

In the age of analytics and Big Data, all customers are not created equal.[more]


Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Worried about managing supply-chain risk? All you need is cash.[more]


Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

The start of the phased-in compliance period for installation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial trucks is just over a month away. But many drivers appear to be lagging in adopting the technology.[more]


A.I. Comes to Procurement. Are Human Sourcing Professionals Doomed?

A.I. Comes to Procurement. Are Human Sourcing Professionals Doomed?

Artificial intelligence, for decades little more than a dream in the minds of behavioral scientists, is insinuating itself into every aspect of supply-chain management today. The latest incursion is taking place in the realm of sourcing.[more]


In Talks Over Nafta 2.0, IP Concerns Step to the Fore

In Talks Over Nafta 2.0, IP Concerns Step to the Fore

Physical products are important, but one of the biggest stumbling blocks to a revised North American Free Trade Agreement could be something that you can't hold in your hands.[more]


Online Shoppers Want Fast Delivery - But Still Aren't Willing to Pay for It

Online Shoppers Want Fast Delivery — But Still Arent Willing to Pay for It

More and more online shoppers want their stuff fast. But the economics of making that happen haven't changed.[more]


Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

An unusual partnership between a major industry trade group and private retailer seeks to create a system for benchmarking supply-chain performance by e-commerce companies.[more]


Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again.[more]


How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

Companies seek to burnish their brands in a variety of creative ways. In the case of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), that desire extends deep into the supply chain.[more]


Debating the Timetable for Supply-Chain Futureshock

Debating the Timetable for Supply-Chain Futureshock

The future is coming. But experts can't seem to agree on when it's going to show up.[more]


For This Logistics Service Provider, The Game Is Afoot

For This Logistics Service Provider, the Game Is Afoot

If life is a game, then corporate management surely can't be the exception.[more]


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