The Impact of Changing Technology on Supply Chain Management

Posted by Colleen Bush on Thu, Nov, 3 2016 @ 12:05 PM

From distribution centers to global trade, supply chain management relies heavily on an ever evolving suite of technologies that help increase efficiency and productivity. Bridget McCrea in her recent article for SupplyChain 247, Supply Chain Execution Software, took a deep dive into the various types of technology being employed and the driving market forces behind the critical role supply chain execution (SCE) software plays in supply chain processes.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

Quality is Stitched into the Supply Chain: A Vera Bradley Case Study

Posted by Colleen Bush on Mon, Oct, 31 2016 @ 2:46 PM

Vera Bradley is a leading designer of women's handbags, luggage and travel items, fashion and home accessories and unique gifts. Founded in 1982, the brand's innovative designs, iconic patterns and brilliant colors inspire and connect women unlike any other brand in the global marketplace. To ensure high quality products that continue to exceed customers' expectations, Vera Bradley leverages Amber Road’s Supply Chain Collaboration solutions.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Visibility, Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management, Product Development, Sample Management

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

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

How to Prepare for China’s New Standardized Customs System

Posted by Colleen Bush on Thu, Aug, 11 2016 @ 12:04 PM

It is no secret that conducting trade in China can be rather difficult and complex, but that might all change with China’s brand new standardized Customs system.  This automated system was created by China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) in order to simplify trade by unifying Customs and standardizing nationwide enforcement of declaration issues, classification and valuation. The pilot program began in Shanghai in June, with a goal of national implementation by 2020.

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Topics: China Trade Management, Duty Management

Solving the Global Transportation Puzzle: Strategies to Optimize Profits

Posted by Colleen Bush on Tue, Aug, 2 2016 @ 12:44 PM

Every U.S. organization involved with global transportation management is faced with what seems to be an ever-shifting puzzle of regulations, compliance hurdles, and carrier networks that are now stressed to balance capacity, costs and service.

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Topics: Rate Management, Contract Management, Transportation Management

What You Need to Know About SOLAS and the Container Weight Requirement

Posted by Colleen Bush on Tue, Jul, 12 2016 @ 2:07 PM

As you are well aware, the SOLAS container weight rule went into effect on July 1, 2016, with a transition period through October 1. This new requirement states that an accurate container weight must be provided prior to loading upon an ocean vessel.

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Topics: Import Management, Document Management, Export Management, Transportation Management

Upcoming Webinar: How Bolloré Logistics Expedited Rate Quotes and Reduced Transportation Costs

Posted by Colleen Bush on Mon, Jun, 27 2016 @ 1:35 PM

Global transportation isn’t getting any easier to manage, especially for non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs). Faced with uncertainties like surcharges—but needing to remain competitive when bidding against other providers—NVOCCs need the right mix of historical data, data intelligence, and technology support to make quick and effective decisions in the changing global market.

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Topics: Rate Management, Contract Management, Transportation Management

Upcoming Webinar: Are You Prepared for the SOLAS Container Weight Rule?

Posted by Colleen Bush on Fri, Jun, 24 2016 @ 9:00 AM

July 1 is the day of reckoning for millions of global supply chain stakeholders as the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) rule goes into effect. Are you prepared to comply with the new regulation?

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Topics: Freight Audit, Contract Management, Transportation Management

Key Trends in Global Trade Management

Posted by Colleen Bush on Thu, Apr, 21 2016 @ 1:12 PM

Over the last few decades, globalization has simply become the way we do business. In fact, we are now entering what Supply Chain Digest calls the "Globalization 3.0" era, putting new demands on both sourcing and export processes, with excellence in global trade management now a key determinant of overall company success. Is your organization positioned to compete in this new era?

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management