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Jennifer Bratton — Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Jennifer (Jen) Bratton is a core member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Operations and People & Organization practices. She is the office lead for the firm’s Minneapolis office and also the global people leader for the Operations practice. Jen received her BS degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and her MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management.

The Panama Canal Expansion: Time Versus Cost Trade-Off


The Panama Canal expands in 2016, allowing for more and larger (post-Panamax) ships to make the passage from East Asia to the United States. In 2015, the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson evaluated how shippers, carriers, and infrastructure operators will need to respond to the changing logistics environment. The study concluded that while the West Coast will always be the fastest option for this trade, the East Coast will become a competitive option for many shippers within the battleground region.
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