Missed the WTO Forum 2017? Go Behind the Headlines with Amber Road – Day 1 Recap

Posted by Arne Mielken

Amber Road, the leader of Global Trade Management software solutions, is proud to participate in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Public Forum this year, "Trade: Behind the Headlines." 

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: What Does It Mean for You?

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Japan and the EU account for more than a third of the world’s GDP, so the upcoming EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has businesses from both continents evaluating the impact of this landmark agreement as it nears its negotiation and launch. The impact on tariff and non-tariff measures alike are substantial and provide opportunities for companies of all sizes.

Join Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy for a webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, at 2PM EST, to explore some of the agreement’s key aspects, with contributions from Suzanne Richer, Director of Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy, and Nick Boland, Director of Solutions Consulting EMEA.

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

Gain an EDGE with Digitization at CSCMP 2017

Posted by Julia Gorman

Many supply chains are on the cusp of a digital transformation. To remain afloat in the competitive and challenging environment, companies must optimize efficiency across all points of their supply chains all the while improving margins and reducing direct costs. Next week's CSCMP 2017 EDGE Supply Chain Conference is where cutting-edge supply chain solutions are shared, discovered, and explored by supply chain executives of the world’s top organizations.

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Topics: Events

Video – NCR Achieves Success with Supply Chain Visibility Software

Posted by Paris Riley

In a new video from Amber Road, NCR Corporation’s Josh Skeen, Senior Director of Global Logistics, sits down to discuss the many benefits NCR has experienced since implementing Amber Road.

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Topics: Landed Cost Calculation, Supply Chain Visibility

Export Compliance Violations - Are You In Danger Too?

Posted by Mandy Hyde

Companies violate export compliance laws every day. Either an organization intentionally commits export violations and misleads the government, or simply lacks the proper export compliance program to alert them when in danger. 

Either way, these violations can ultimately lead to millions of dollars' worth of fines, loss of credibility, a tarnished reputation, imprisonment and loss of exportation privileges. Although a majority of companies would never intentionally commit export compliance violations - the latter happens all too often to unsuspecting organizations with an outdated, manual or weak export compliance solution.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance

Technology Provides an Inside Track to Product Testing Concerns

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Drawstrings that cause choking. Ingesting baby rattle contents. Fire-sparking cellphone batteries. Electric-shocking power adapters. Consumers beware! According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recalls that should put consumers on high alert occur daily. It seems product recalls are now the norm on a wide range of products from cellphones to ATVs, high heels, children’s clothing, and more. 

In one week, the CPSC reported several recalls on its website: incorrect venting Nutrilife® hydrogen peroxide bottles cause fires or burns; melting hoses in Academy Sports + Outdoors pet crawfish kits; cracking rings on BRIO baby rattles cause choking; and tires blowing out on Polaris’ recreational off-highway vehicles cause crashes.

Recalls are a nuisance for consumers but have serious repercussions for a brand or manufacturer. They can cause brand blemish, unexpected operational burdens, and costly remediation. I recently met with a senior executive from Samsung and we discussed the impact on the organization’s transportation side from the Galaxy Note7 recall. He urged me to think about the return shipping process for over 2.5 million units. The published estimated cost for the entire product recall: $17 billion.

The complexity of today’s global supply chains only means an increasing vulnerability to unexpected supply disruptions, with more suppliers and contract manufacturers added into the supply chain.
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Topics: Product Testing

Beating Stormy Weather: Supply Chain Resiliency

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Hurricane season is upon the Western Hemisphere, and 2017 looks to be a record-breaking year. Before Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida, where businesses, government agencies and residents were braced for the deluge, it leveled small islands in the Caribbean with high winds, leaving chaos in its wake. A few states over, the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey may be receding but the price tag is rising to a multi-billion-dollar record. Unfortunately, ongoing disasters are not just attributable to hurricanes. In the western U.S. and Canada, wild fires continue to encroach upon civilization, spelling destruction for homes and businesses in their path. Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century left dozens dead and buildings destroyed. 

The west isn’t alone in facing life-threatening weather conditions. Heavy monsoon rains paralyzed Mumbai, India's financial hub, flooding streets and disrupting land, air and road traffic. In the Pacific, Macau is suffering an economic loss of US$1.42 billion in the wake of Typhoon Hato, and the Hong Kong Observatory expects three more typhoons to sweep in over the coming weeks.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Supplier Management, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Production Management

NAFTA 2.0 – Round Two of Negotiations

Posted by Jonathan Dicks

The second round of the NAFTA Modernization negotiations concluded on September 5th in Mexico City. Although progress was declared by the three parties, they have chosen to postpone discussions of major sticking points. The second round of negotiations included tabling two dozen drafts for a modernized NAFTA agreement.

Chief U.S. negotiator and US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, concluded the second round on a conciliatory note. In his closing statement, Lighthizer indicated that the United States, Mexico, and Canada “found mutual agreement on many important issues.”

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Topics: Free Trade Agreements

Amber Road Expands Support for ACE PGA Single Window

Posted by Julia Gorman

With the broadest GTM solution footprint in the market, Amber Road is continuously expanding its global reach. Today the organization announced its expanded support for the new import filing requirements under the U.S. Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Single Window for Partner Government Agencies (PGAs).

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Topics: Press Releases

The India Goods & Services Tax

Posted by Nick Boland

A couple of months ago, we reported in our blog that India’s comprehensive dual Goods and Services Tax (GST) would become a reality on July 1, 2017. Hailed as India’s biggest tax reform, the new program is now in full effect and has replaced the complex multiple indirect tax structure.

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Topics: Landed Cost Calculation, Global Knowledge