Amber Road to Discuss Global Sourcing Trends at the FDRA Footwear Forum

Posted by Mollie Leon on Wed, Aug, 3 2016 @ 8:48 AM

International retailers must keep pace with the changing dynamics in global sourcing so they remain agile, automated and aggressive in the marketplace. In fact, speed to market is the top concern for 58% of footwear brands and manufacturers. 

This month, Gary Barraco, Director of Global Product Marketing, will speak at the FDRA Footwear Forum in Portland, OR on August 18th. This forum will bring together the industry’s top footwear executives and distribution specialists in a one day workshop providing important information and updates on footwear customs, sourcing and compliance, product safety, and other issues.

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Topics: Retail, Vendor Management, Production Tracking

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

The "-abilities" of Global Trade Management: Digital Platform Capabilities

Posted by Joe Gabro on Mon, Aug, 1 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Continued from Part 1 of our "-abilities" series

Are your Digital Platform Capabilities ready to challenge business as usual?

The buzz among several prominent industry analysts lately has created a flurry of research around business success directly correlating to a company’s digital competency. Going digital is more than just spending a higher percent of revenue on IT; it matters where and how you spend your IT dollars. 

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management

Webinar Q&A: Labeling Apparel – Getting it Right!

Posted by Robin Grover on Fri, Jul, 29 2016 @ 9:00 AM

On July 12th, Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy broadcasted a webinar on Labeling Apparel – Getting it Right! Our presenter, Robin Grover from Amber Road, received several questions throughout the webinar and unfortunately did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. We have compiled his answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

Are there specific guidelines for faux fur labeling?

The FTC does not require faux (also called “artificial” or “fake” fur) to be labeled since it has no actual fur content[1].   Several states, however, have adopted their own regulations which mandate that if an item appears to be fur but does not so qualify the product’s label must both state that it is “faux fur” and specify the actual fiber content. As a consequence, many major U.S. retailers of artificial furs and the suppliers of such products to them will require the inclusion of a faux fur label in all such products instead of maintaining two sets of faux fur inventory.  It proves costly to maintain one set of such product inventory to be sold in states with faux fur labeling requirements and another set of inventory destined for states that do not have faux fur labeling mandates.  Those state regulations requiring the labeling of so-called “faux fur” or “artificial fur” products have been enacted by: Delaware; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Wisconsin.

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Topics: Import Management, Import Compliance, Global Trade Academy, Trade Compliance

Webinar: Food Safety Modernization Act - Are You Prepared?

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Thu, Jul, 28 2016 @ 9:00 AM

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, preventive-based controls across the supply chain. The Food Modernization Act (FSMA) requires enhanced oversight of suppliers, with greater auditing responsibilities for the USA-based importer.

Join Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy for a complimentary webinar entitled Food Safety Modernization Act – Are You Prepared?, broadcasting live on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 2PM EDT. During this webinar, Suzanne Richer, Director of Amber Road’s Trade Advisory Practice, will provide an in-depth overview of FSMA, requirements for record-keeping, and how to leverage technology to optimize supply chain traceability.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Import Management, Import Compliance, Global Trade Academy

Webinar Q&A: The British Vote Brexit: How Will This Impact Global Trade in EU and US Companies?

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Wed, Jul, 27 2016 @ 10:04 AM

Earlier this month, Amber Road's Global Trade Academy broadcasted a webinar The British Vote Brexit: How Will This Impact Global Trade in EU and US Companies? Our presenter, Arne Mielken, Senior Trade Specialist at Amber Road, European Union received several questions throughout the webinar. Unfortunately they did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Global Knowledge, Global Trade Academy

And the Survey Says…! Global Sourcing Shifts in 2016

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Tue, Jul, 26 2016 @ 9:00 AM

It’s no secret that puzzling shifts to the retail landscape have some companies on edge. Sourcing executives are under intense pressure to remain relevant and deliver exciting products to consumers while struggling with declining foot traffic, global competition, and even bankruptcy. Uncertainty also surrounds the U.S. presidential race, which could impact global trade, jobs, businesses, and consumer spending. 

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

The New GTM: Connecting Upstream Decisions to Improve Downstream Execution

Posted by Joe Gabro on Mon, Jul, 25 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Although many companies are engaged in global trade, that doesn’t mean they are getting the most out of their processes or technology systems designed to streamline international business. The new GTM recognizes the increasing complexity involved in global trade, and the need to encompass design, production, and global sourcing decisions as part of the end-to-end scope.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Sourcing, GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management

Fundamentals of Centralized Global Trade Compliance

Posted by Mollie Leon on Mon, Jul, 18 2016 @ 8:52 AM

The field of global trade compliance requires a combination of centralized reporting and distributed execution. This allows organizations to benefit from unified policies, control, and measurement while maintaining agility to implement compliance activities and processes that vary greatly across different geographies and product domains. 

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Global Trade Management, Export Compliance

Webinar Q&A: Framing the Total Landed Cost Picture

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Fri, Jul, 15 2016 @ 1:43 PM

On June 21st, Amber Road in conjunction with American Shipper broadcasted a webinar entitled, Framing the Total Landed Cost Picture. Our presenters, Suzanne Richer and Phanibhushan Reddy from Amber Road, received several questions throughout the webinar, but unfortunately we did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Landed Cost Calculation, Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Trade Agreements