Amber Road Around Town: Massachusetts Export Expo

Posted by Kelsey Price on Thu, Dec, 18 2014 @ 3:54 PM

We were excited to sponsor the Massachusetts Export Center's Annual Export Expo in Boston last week! The one-day event provides a forum for exporters to connect with the wide variety of export resources available in Massachusetts while learning about issues that impact their day-to-day export operations. The Expo’s workshops addressed current issues of concern to exporters, such as recent sanctions developments, export control trends, global intellectual property protection, and more.

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Topics: Amber Road News, Export Management, Export Compliance

[Now Available!] IDC MarketScape: Global Trade Management 2014 Vendor Assessment

Posted by Lisa Feroli on Wed, Dec, 10 2014 @ 10:55 AM

The IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Global Trade Management 2014 Vendor Assessment is now available! This new research is an assessment of a vendor’s success in the global trade management (GTM) marketplace, including current and anticipated performance in the marketplace. The study assesses the capability and business strategy of five of the key GTM vendors, including Amber Road, using a vendor assessment model called IDC MarketScape.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Amber Road News, Global Trade Management

Webinar Q&A: The International vs. Domestic Supply Chain Performance Gap

Posted by Kelsey Price on Tue, Dec, 9 2014 @ 12:25 PM

LM_webinar_250px-1Earlier this month, Amber Road and Logistics Management broadcasted a webinar on The International vs. Domestic Supply Chain Performance gap: Uncovering the Investment Disparity. Our presenters, Scott Byrnes of Amber Road, and Bob Heaney of The Aberdeen Group, received several questions throughout the webinar, but did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. Luckily, they have take the time to answer all questions in a Q&A! Here's a preview:

What is the trend regarding leveraging contracted Broker/Forwarder expected service? For example, giving a broker access to EBS to pull country specific HS Codes directly.
The trend is to enable the brokers and forwarders to focus on what they do best (i.e., arrange for transportation and physically clear goods through Customs), and to automate the other functions (i.e., product classification and entry documentation preparation) themselves. Via automation, manufacturers are generating ‘broker packets’ which they send directly to the broker. These packets have almost all of the data, properly formatted, required for the broker to clear goods through customs – no chasing down classification numbers or shipping documents, no manually re-keying data from an importer security filing. As such, the brokers become much more efficient, and the importer is able to negotiate lower brokerage fees in lieu of the fact that the manufacturer is doing much of the up-front work, which is low margin business for the broker anyway. This collaboration between brokers, forwarders, manufacturers, retailers and distributors is all done via web-based portals.

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Topics: Webinars, Supply Chain Visibility

[Upcoming Webinar] Russian Sanctions: What are the Trade & Compliance Ramifications?

Posted by Lisa Feroli on Fri, Dec, 5 2014 @ 10:17 AM

After Russia’s first incursion into Ukraine back in February of 2014, the United States has imposed sanctions on a number of Russian financial, defense and energy-related entities. Measures include the denial and/or revocation of licenses subject to E.A.R. or ITAR jurisdiction, the placement of companies on the Entity List, the freezing of assets, financing restrictions on Russian banks and travel bans.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Webinars, Amber Road News, Global Trade Management

Maximize Duty Savings with Free Trade Agreements [Infographic]

Posted by Colleen Bush on Tue, Nov, 25 2014 @ 1:36 PM

In a recent SCM World survey, 58% of respondents, comprised of global manufacturers and retailers, agree that their inability to take advantage of free trade agreements is costing them a material amount today.

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Topics: Duty Management, Trade Agreements

Apple’s Supply Chain Visibility: How Product Popularity Impacts Secrecy

Posted by Lisa Feroli on Mon, Nov, 24 2014 @ 12:17 PM

Apple's heightened popularityIt is no surprise that Apple is always two steps ahead of the competition. It seems when a new product is unveiled, without question, all other brands follow suit. But when it comes to Apple’s supply chain intricacy, the brand is stuck between publicity and the necessity of secrecy.

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility

Brief SCM World Survey on China Trade Management – Please Participate!

Posted by Lisa Feroli on Thu, Nov, 20 2014 @ 9:24 AM

SCM World completed their Supply Chain Officer Study this past summer and found that China was ranked as the number one country for growth opportunities by a wide margin. At the same time, it was fifth on executives' list of countries considered too risky to do business in.

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Topics: China Trade Management, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility

[Last Chance to Register!] Domestic vs. International Supply Chain Performance Gap Webinar

Posted by Lisa Feroli on Mon, Nov, 17 2014 @ 11:48 AM

When it comes to investing in your international supply chain, awareness is key. Don’t forget to register for the complimentary Logistics Management webinar featuring Amber Road and Aberdeen Group, Domestic vs. International Supply Chain Performance Gap: Uncovering the Investment Disparity, this Wednesday, November 19th at 2:00pm ET.

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Performance Management Reporting, Supply Chain Visibility

Capitalizing on China Global Trade Share Growth [Infographic]

Posted by Fariba Ahdoot on Fri, Nov, 14 2014 @ 12:6 PM

As the world’s largest exporter and second largest importer, China offers many trade opportunities for companies. However, significant challenges still exist, making it difficult to conduct China global trade share.

With China being an attractive location for sourcing and manufacturing goods, it's crucial to understand the impact of cross-border documentation, licensing requirements, and export compliance with local regulations on supply chain performance.

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Topics: analyst report, China Trade Management, Amber Road News, Duty Management, Global Trade Management

A global supply chain issue in international business: Disruptive Technology

Posted by Lisa Feroli on Wed, Nov, 12 2014 @ 3:52 PM

Anthony Hardenburgh, Vice President of Global Trade ContentThe November issue of World Trade 100, “Technology Pushes Supply Chain Agility,” discusses the ever-present threat of technology disrupters in the businesses arena and how they are challenging supply chains to become more flexible. PwC surveyed 1,500 business and IT executives and concluded that while executives are aware they operate in a disruptive global business community, they are still concerned by inevitable technology disrupters. For this reason, global supply chains must be agile and ready to reconfigure themselves to operate to a new set of business initiatives with the click of a button. 

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management