Polaris Conquers Future Challenges in Digitization, Globalization, and Scalability

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Wed, Jan, 25 2017 @ 12:09 PM

Looking to 2017 and beyond, the stakes for supply chain leaders continue to rise. Executives at the SCM World Live Americas conference next week will learn how Polaris is automating its global supply chain activity to address current and future challenges in digitization, globalization, and scalability:

  • Eliminated or mitigated trade flow gaps
  • Ensured quality trade procedures
  • Optimized internal and third-party resource utilization

Using digital supply chain touch points and a new resource structure, Polaris has successfully created a strong foundation built for scale and flexibility. 

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Topics: Import Management, Trade Agreements, Global Supply Chain

Santa Replaces Reindeer-Based Visibility System to Tackle Cross-Border elf-Commerce

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Thu, Dec, 22 2016 @ 4:27 PM

The original pioneer in cross-border elf-Commerce, North Pole Industries (NPI) has had to adapt with the times just like any other retailer. The key, Santa says, is investing in technology and making process changes in advance of the holiday season.

“We needed to brace ourselves against disrupters that could send our supply chain into a tailspin the night before Christmas,” says Santa, Chief Executive Elf of NPI.

To that end, NPI has worked to automate and track nearly all of its global trade operations with Amber Road’s Trade Automation solution suite. The first step was the most crucial in a deadline-based industry: automating NPI’s trade compliance processes to ensure that Santa’s sleigh doesn’t get caught up in Customs on its way to chimneys around the world. Amber Road’s Restricted Party Screening tool, backed up by its extensive Global Knowledge® database, guarantees that only good little girls and boys are on the approved toy recipients list.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Trade Agreements, Global Supply Chain, Trade Compliance

2017: Bracing for Instability in Global Trade

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Thu, Nov, 17 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Global supply chains have been pulled tight, contracted, and at times broken during 2016. As we move into 2017, global trade management executives need to brace against disrupters that have the potential to send your supply chain into a tailspin: What will US trade policy look like? How can my supply chain handle new security risks? What, if anything, will happen to the TPP?

Join Amber Road's Global Trade Academy for our webinar, 2017: Bracing for Instability in Global Trade, on Wednesday, December 7, at 2PM EST to hear thought leaders answer a few of these questions.

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Topics: Retail, Global Trade Content, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Trade Agreements, Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain Risk Management

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

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

Software Can Help Soothe Free Trade Headaches

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Wed, Aug, 31 2016 @ 9:30 AM

Free trade agreements and foreign trade zones offer an attractive opportunity for US importers to reduce or eliminate duties and taxes, but these benefits hide behind a maze of complex protocols, dense paperwork, and red tape. Sourcing and supply chain executives must also balance duty considerations against material quality, production capacity, and number of components. 

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Topics: Duty Management, Supplier Solicitation, Certificate Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Trade Agreements

Trek Bikes Streamlines Global Trade Operations with Amber Road Solution

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Thu, Aug, 25 2016 @ 9:30 AM

Trek Bikes, a major bicycle and cycling product manufacturer and distributor, has shifted its supply chain visibility and product classification into high gear with Amber Road's Trade Automation solution, aiming to lower landed costs and manage global trade.

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Topics: Contract Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Product Classification, Order and Shipment Visibility

Webinar: Dick’s Sporting Goods Goes to the Source

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Mon, Jul, 11 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Organizations that successfully align with their key suppliers enjoy reduced risk factors and improved innovation, quality, reliability, supplier visibility, and cost reductions. Both sides of the business can achieve greater value, which is difficult to achieve if operating independently.

Amber Road customer Dick’s Sporting Goods 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.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Supplier Solicitation, Product Development, collaborative product design

Follow Ingersoll Rand’s Path to Premier Performance

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Thu, Jun, 23 2016 @ 2:08 PM

It’s no secret that a well-executed, fully integrated enterprise trading platform model can be the key to operational excellence. When that platform leverages a single ERP to standardize key business processes and govern relationships between source locations and customers, best-in-class companies see some impressive results.

Ingersoll Rand, a global industrial company, uses Amber Road’s Trade Automation platform to streamline its import and export processes, and enjoys increased visibility and agility, reduced logistics and operational costs, shortened lead times, and assurance in their global trade compliance initiatives. Ingersoll Rand has also seen dramatic improvements in how customers are served while facilitating and enabling accelerated growth. The company’s trading platform has added incalculable business value and competitive advantage.

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility

Disregarding Trade Compliance is Risky Business

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Mon, Jun, 6 2016 @ 9:37 AM

A majority of executives are not investing in trade compliance training, despite potential fines, substantial penalties, and jail time, according to survey results released today from Amber Road's Global Trade Academy.

The survey of 300 U.S.-based global companies across a range of revenues and industries found that 56 percent of executives at the companies surveyed are not investing in trade compliance training, even though 28 percent of those companies had already been fined or warned by government agencies for noncompliance.

And while the vast majority (73 percent) have a stated trade compliance plan, 46 percent of surveyed companies didn’t require any training for employees and 28 percent require less than 11 hours of training – leaving a gap between having a plan and the ability to act on it. Furthermore, 55 percent had not standardized their global compliance training and 33 percent do not have a budget for trade compliance training, which opens the door to noncompliance risks as a result of untrained staff.

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Topics: GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Content, Global Trade Management, Import Compliance, Product Classification, Export Compliance, Global Trade Academy