Amber Road Adds Import Controls on EU Invasive Alien Species

Posted by Arne Mielken on Tue, Sep, 27 2016 @ 10:30 AM

On July 13, 2016, the EU added new import controls on invasive alien species (IAS) to its TARIC database with the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1141, adopting a list of invasive alien species of EU concern pursuant to EU Regulation No. 1143/2014. Amber Road's EU Trade Content team has captured these new import controls and updated our global trade content.

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Topics: Import Management, Global Trade Content, Global Knowledge

Amber Road & KPMG to Discuss Product Classification at the AAFA Footwear Forum

Posted by Mollie Leon on Fri, Sep, 23 2016 @ 9:16 AM

Even the most innovative, perfectly constructed and tested, best priced product still needs to make its way into the country where it will be setting trends. Accurately classifying goods is essential to ensuring that cross-border trade runs smoothly. Tariff engineering and classification management, if done right, can also provide leverage for greater cost savings. 

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Topics: Apparel, Import Management, Export Management, Product Classification

Video Series Chapter 4 - Logistics

Posted by Joe Gabro on Wed, Sep, 21 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Continued from Chapter 3: Risk & Quality Management

Transporting goods internationally requires a carefully coordinated approach. Multiple hand-offs and responsibilities across borders and trading partners add both cost and complexity. If you don’t have the right processes in place (and the tools to support them), your bottom line will suffer.

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Topics: Rate Management, Contract Management, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Visibility

Focus on TARIC - A Buzzword for Customs Professionals in the EU

Posted by Arne Mielken on Tue, Sep, 20 2016 @ 1:13 PM

TARIC is an odd word. Google provides two equally non-appealing choices. It is either the “Toronto and Region Islamic Congregation” or the “Tarif Intégré de la Communauté” (French: Integrated Tariff of the European Community). Since the word “Community” is being replaced by “Union” (check out this post on the EU Union Customs Code), soon this may change to TARIU. Rest assured, there are no synonyms for this one. TARIC is complex – like anything in the EU. There are many hidden secrets you may discover and there are moments you wonder what is going on. TARIC will challenge you and make your brain work, even though it is still only a database – a very complex and important database.

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Topics: Import Management

Trade Wizards: Simplify, Automate, and Streamline Your Global Trade Operations Online

Posted by Colleen Bush on Thu, Sep, 15 2016 @ 8:00 AM

With over 190 countries in the world actively involved and regulating trade, it is increasingly complex and time consuming to understand all of the requirements to legally ship to or source from a given country. The challenge for organizations in today’s global economy is to maintain compliance with changing trade regulations while managing a growing network of trading partner relationships and still get product to market at the lowest delivered cost.

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Topics: Export Management

What Role Does the Government Play in Your Supply Chain?

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Wed, Sep, 14 2016 @ 2:14 PM

Each year, the CSCMP Annual Conference provides supply chain professionals with the latest supply chain management knowledge, research, and industry developments. Later this month, learn how government plays a role in supply chain and explore incentivized programs and opportunities available to help you reduce costs and taxes.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management

Upcoming Webinar: Is Your Cargo Secure?

Posted by Joe Gabro on Mon, Sep, 12 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Cargo theft and security remains top of mind for supply chain executives. Although violent thefts are falling, reports of “fictitious pickups” are growing rapidly.

Please join us for a complimentary Supply & Demand Chain Executive webinar entitled Cargo Theft & Security: The Current Risks, The Best Defense, broadcasting live on Wednesday, September 14 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Facility Compliance, Quality Control Inspection

Hanjin Shipping Co. Upsets Global Trade

Posted by Mollie Leon on Fri, Sep, 9 2016 @ 8:57 AM

As the world's seventh largest shipping line by capacity, Hanjin Shipping Co. moves manufactured products and consumer good destined for retailers all over the world. They stopped taking new cargo and U.S. ports began turning away its ships after it filed for bankruptcy protection last Wednesday. U.S. shippers say they are bracing for harsh rate increases, leaving exporters scrambling to rebook, truck, reload and repack.

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Topics: Carrier Selection, Transportation Management, Carrier Booking

Video Series Chapter 3: Risk & Quality Management

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Wed, Sep, 7 2016 @ 1:35 PM

Continued from Chapter 2: Supply Chain Collaboration Solutions

A single supply chain disruption has the ability to negatively impact a company’s reputation. With global organizations operating in an environment of ever-changing regulatory constraints, brand manufacturers and retailers must take measures to help ensure accountability and full supply chain transparency.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management, Risk and Quality Management

Webinar Q&A: Dick's Sporting Goods Goes to the Source

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Fri, Sep, 2 2016 @ 10:00 AM

During our webinar with SupplyChainBrain last month, Ryan Miller of Dick's Sporting Goods discussed how the company has adopted new technology to automate and simplify the supplier relationship management process, making it easy for sourcing executives to make quick, informed decisions about their suppliers. Several viewers asked questions during the webinar, and while our speakers were unable to answer them all live, Ryan Miller and Gary Barraco have answered the additional questions here.

Q: Does your implementation of Amber Road integrate with other systems?

Ryan:  Yes, absolutely.  We are integrated today with Flex PLM from PTC.  That’s our main development system where we are doing all our tech packs, and that’s where our product information starts.  Amber Road comes at the beginning.  So as we are onboarding a vendor, all that vendor data is fed from Amber Road into PTC.  And then later on after development is through, we feed the data back from PTC back over to Amber Road for product testing and materials testing.  It’s one continuous back and forth integration.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supplier Compliance Questionnaires