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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Five Ways That Companies Can Prepare for a Cyber Attack

July 17, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Any business that believes itself to be impervious to a cyber attack today is either ignorant of the threat or in deep denial.[more]

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Shining a Light on the Dreaded Phenomenon of 'Dark Spending'

July 10, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Astrophysicists confront the mystery of dark energy and dark matter. Supply chain managers have to deal with dark spending.[more]

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Can Robots Solve Omnichannel Distributors' Identity Crisis?

July 05, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Robots might be the solution to one of the biggest challenges facing distribution centers in the omnichannel era.[more]

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Eliminating Forced Labor Is a Tough Task. But That's No Reason Not to Act.

June 26, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Laws against child labor, human trafficking and forced labor in the supply chain are beginning to spread throughout the globe.[more]

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Are There Enough Workers to Support U.S. Manufacturing Growth?

June 19, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

What if manufacturing came back to the U.S., and there weren't enough people to fill the jobs?[more]

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Should CPG Brands Let Amazon Lure Them Away From Traditional Retailers?

June 12, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Amazon.com Inc. just put another crack in the foundation that underlies traditional retail.[more]

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Why Asia Is Accounting for Most of the Growth in Logistics Outsourcing

June 05, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Logistics outsourcing may be on the rise everywhere, but Asia is where the action is.[more]

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Seeking Higher Ground: How One EMS Provider Is Redefining an Industry

May 22, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

There was a time when contract manufacturers performed one specific task: making products, usually of a high-tech nature, while staying well behind the scenes. But that time is long gone.[more]

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How FDA's Rule on Medical-Device Tracking Can Cure a Sick Supply Chain

May 15, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Regulation is usually viewed by the private sector as a burden. But sometimes it makes good business sense.[more]

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The Changing Role of the CPO: With Respect Comes Responsibility

May 08, 2017
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

A "celebrity" chief procurement officer? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?[more]

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