American Shipper's 2016 Supply Chain Visibility Benchmark Report

Posted by Mollie Leon on Tue, Oct, 25 2016 @ 9:15 AM

For years, American Shipper has gauged how the shipping industry views supply chain visibility. But never before have they benchmarked this discipline in its own right; that time has come.

In their brand new report, A Clear View of Supply Chain: Visibility Benchmark Study, American Shipper examines how shippers get their visibility, what they do with it, its biggest benefits, and where it falls short. The report also includes perspective from logistics providers on the value of providing and consuming visibility. Highlights include:
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Topics: Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility, Data Quality Management

Even the eCommerce Giants Lack Export Control Processes

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, Oct, 24 2016 @ 9:38 AM has dominated the eCommerce industry since 1995, originating as an online reseller of books.  During Amazon’s first month in business, it received orders from customers in 50 U.S. states and 45 countries across the world.  Today, the company offers over 183 million products and serves more than 224 million customers. 

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Topics: Export Management, Product Classification, Export License Management, Export Compliance, Export Violations

Forced Labor: Passé or Probable?

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Fri, Oct, 21 2016 @ 9:30 AM

Ask any social compliance or corporate governance executive about forced or slave labor and the response is always the same: “It is unacceptable in my supply chain.”  Yet the reality is most supply chains lack the transparency to identify and take action against suppliers who violate this policy. Even with increased regulations and growing pressure from consumers and NGOs, industries struggle to maintain compliance

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Topics: Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supplier Compliance Questionnaires, Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain Risk Management, Product Development

Focus on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Posted by Arne Mielken on Thu, Oct, 20 2016 @ 2:45 PM

On February 29, 2016, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, and the European Union’s Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, announced the completion of the legal review of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). After many years of negotiations, this European Union (EU) and Canadian treaty could finally be signed at the forthcoming EU-Canada Summit in Brussels on October 27, 2016. The EU considers it to be “a milestone in European trade policy” and “the most ambitious trade agreement that the EU has ever concluded.”  Those in favor of CETA argue that it will boost trade between the EU and Canada. Critics argue that the agreement is unduly favorable to businesses and may lead to a lowering of regulatory standards.  With a provisional application possible in the near future, let’s take a closer look at what’s at stake and why CETA matters.

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Topics: Duty Management, Trade Agreement Identification, Trade Agreements

Video Series Chapter 6: Trade Compliance

Posted by Joe Gabro on Wed, Oct, 19 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Continued from Chapter 5: Duty Management

The growth of globalization – along with the proliferation of country-specific trade rules – adds to the complexities that global trade organizations already face on a daily basis. Companies that rely on spreadsheets or increasing personnel only make their trade compliance management less efficient.

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Import Compliance, Export Compliance

What Really Drives Global Footwear eCommerce?

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Fri, Oct, 14 2016 @ 2:41 PM

Global business-to-consumer e-commerce is growing in leaps and bounds, not only in emerging markets where consumers can find it hard to access coveted and trending products locally, but also as a replacement to brick-and mortar shopping. However, global sales opportunities also present a challenge: to deliver a positive customer experience while combating high shipping fees, hidden costs, inaccurate duties, import and export regulations, and product restrictions.

At FDRA's Footwear Traffic and Distribution Conference in Huntington Beach, CA, next week, don't miss two great presentations by Gary Barraco, Director of Global Product Marketing at Amber Road.

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Topics: Retail, Supplier Management, Global Trade Content, Product Classification, Global Supply Chain

How to Unlock Value from Interconnecting Product Lifecycle Management and Supply Chain Teams

Posted by Colleen Bush on Thu, Oct, 13 2016 @ 1:19 PM

Despite the increasing number of unexpected supply chain vulnerabilities and disruptions, many companies are failing to address these challenges. With many brand organizations and retailers relying on outsourced manufacturing, these complexities have become more evident, and in many cases, hinder companies’ ability to build quality products quickly and deliver them to their consumer base efficiently. So how do you overcome these complexities? The answer lies in interconnecting product lifecycle management (PLM) and supply chain teams.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Product Development, Vendor Management, Production Tracking

Upcoming Webinar: Automating Imports at Emerson

Posted by Joe Gabro on Wed, Oct, 12 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Companies are digitizing their global supply chain to streamline the end-to-end import process and establish strong internal controls to stay in compliance and qualify for benefits under the Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program.

Join us for a complimentary Journal of Commerce webinar entitled, Automating Imports at Emerson: Key Learnings to Unlock the Value in Your Global Supply Chain, broadcasting on Thursday, November 3 at 2:00pm EDT. During this webinar, viewers will learn how Emerson Automation Solutions automated their import compliance operations, and strategies for measuring and communicating the value of automation.

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Topics: Import Management, Document Management, Importer Security Filing

Why Traceability Plays a Key Role in Social Compliance

Posted by Thomas Ng on Tue, Oct, 11 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Today’s consumers expect accurate and detailed product information at the point of sale to ensure that apparel, footwear, food, and other products meet their social and ethical standards. As companies recognize this growing consumer demand, many are advancing their traceability efforts to provide consistent and complete sourcing, social, and ethical product background information.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Risk and Quality Management, Vendor Management, Production Tracking, Facility Compliance

Improve Your Trade Compliance Training Program

Posted by Mollie Leon on Fri, Oct, 7 2016 @ 8:50 AM

Multinational companies are not investing in trade compliance training for their employees. Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy conducted a survey to better understand the trade compliance programs and training needs of companies.

Close to 70% of companies stated they had on-going compliance training for employees. Yet only 48% have an annual employee training budget. This discrepancy may be due to using internal resources instead of external training resources.

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Global Trade Management, Global Trade Academy, Risk and Quality Management