Think Tank

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

December 11, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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]

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Yes, Some Customers Are More Equal Than Others

December 04, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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

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

November 27, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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

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Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

November 20, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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]

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

November 13, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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]

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

November 06, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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]

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

October 31, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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

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How Iceland Became the Proving Ground for Urban Delivery Drones

October 23, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Some believe that drones will never become a practical option for the delivery of packages in urban environments. But it's already happening.[more]

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

October 16, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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]

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

October 09, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

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

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