Amber Road to Discuss Supply Chain Risk Mitigation at USFIA Seminar

Posted by Mollie Leon on Tue, Mar, 21 2017 @ 9:05 AM

Risk in the supply chain comes in a variety of forms, including inadequate or poor product quality testing and supplier management programs. Additionally, enhanced government regulatory requirements have created an environment where strong risk mitigation practices are an imperative for avoiding lost sales and negative publicity.

Next month, Jenny Roman, Solutions Manager, Amber Road, will speak at the USFIA Fashion Forward Seminar on April 5th in Columbus, Ohio. This seminar will address the  future of trade policy, compliance, and supply chain management for the fashion industry.
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Topics: Global Trade Management, Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain Risk Management

Focus on Africa: The Dark Continent Brings New Light for Global Sourcing

Posted by Mollie Leon on Mon, Mar, 13 2017 @ 8:50 AM

In recent years, the apparel and footwear industry has shifted its global sourcing away from China to other emerging markets due to increased labor, transportation, tariffs, and other supply chain costs.

Africa has emerged as a particularly attractive manufacturing option because of the preferential treatment granted under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for eligible countries.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Production Management

Amber Road to Discuss Enabling Retail for e-Commerce at the RILA Supply Chain Conference

Posted by Mollie Leon on Fri, Jan, 27 2017 @ 8:52 AM

The retail industry was an early adopter of low-cost sourcing strategies. Most retailers are now also looking to improve the efficiency of their import operations to reduce cash-to-cash cycles and lower total delivered costs. They have always faced long lead times and variability, but these issues are magnified given the proliferation of products and the global effect of natural disasters on supply chains.

Amber Road is excited to sponsor and speak at the RILA Supply Chain Conference from February 12 – 15 in Orlando, Florida. This conference will focus on the latest industry trends and technologies in transportation, distribution, international logistics & sourcing, supply chain planning software, omnichannel, and much more! 

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Topics: Retail, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility

Bracing for Instability in Global Trade

Posted by Mollie Leon on Thu, Jan, 19 2017 @ 8:58 AM

In early 2016, analysts predicted positive trends and a big trade uptick. Instead, global trade volumes fluctuated and consumer spending diminished, worldwide protectionism and de-globalization became evident and supply chain risks were enhanced, which left importers and exporters scrambling to stay on course.

As we move into 2017, global trade management executives need to brace against disrupters that have the potential to send supply chains into a tailspin. The industry must address the same imperatives — speed, quality, cost, risk and agility — yet doing it alone isn’t an option. The key is investing in technology and making process changes in advance.

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Topics: GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management, Global Supply Chain

Streamline Your Supply Chain: Advancements in GTM Software

Posted by Mollie Leon on Fri, Dec, 23 2016 @ 9:59 AM

When it comes to software designed to streamline supply chains, there’s old global trade management, and then there’s the new.The old school global trade management (GTM) systems automate processes that begin when shipments are ready to go, moving them from Point A to Point B in a timely manner at the lowest possible cost while ensuring complete and accurate import/export documentation for shipments. The new GTM automates processes way upstream, even at the product design and component sourcing stages, focusing on risk and quality management, while facilitating compliance with various product regulations.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Global Trade Management, Global Supply Chain

2017 WCO Harmonized System Changes Infographic

Posted by Mollie Leon on Thu, Dec, 1 2016 @ 9:12 AM

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has announced significant updates to the Harmonized System (HS), which will go into effect in 2017. These changes could have a major impact on your company’s global trade processes and international supply chain. Are you prepared?

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Product Classification

Amber Road's 4th Annual Dinner Cruise at BIS Update: Photo Gallery!

Posted by Mollie Leon on Tue, Nov, 8 2016 @ 9:13 AM

We had a blast cruising on the Potomac with our guests at BIS Update! Amber Road would like to thank everyone for joining us and making it such a memorable event.

With perfect November weather, exciting casino games, delicious food and drinks, and a fantastic DJ, it was a night to remember. Congrats to our raffle winners and our casino games champion! We were able to document the whole night as well – click here to see the full gallery.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, GTM Best Practices

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

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

Free Trade Agreements Create Compliance Headaches

Posted by Mollie Leon on Thu, Oct, 6 2016 @ 8:51 AM

Free trade agreements (FTAs) open up market access between signatory countries by reducing barriers to trade, which makes it easier and more cost effective for U.S. companies to export their products and services to trading partner markets. However, this process isn't always that easy. For many trade compliance professionals, the most complex challenge is understanding and navigating the various “rules of origin.” Rules of origin are highly complex and technical rules that describe how exported goods shipped to a country or region may qualify for duty-free or reduced-duty benefits under the applicable trade agreement.

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Topics: Duty Management, Certificate Management, Trade Agreements, Product Claim Details and Storage