Think Like a Futurist at the Rider Supply Chain Symposium

Posted by Julia Gorman on Tue, Mar, 28 2017 @ 2:23 PM

Uncertainty is perhaps the greatest industry trend of 2017. Rooted in the changes to our political climate, inevitable supply chain risks, and drastic shifts in customs and trade patterns, global transactions are riddled with challenges. As a trade compliance professional, you know that operating in a volatile environment requires overcoming the uncertainty that complicates even the most mundane of tasks.

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Topics: Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain Risk Management, Trade Compliance

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

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

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

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

Global Logistics - It's A Wonderful Life

Posted by Stephanie Miles on Tue, Dec, 20 2016 @ 11:37 AM

Logistics and supply chain managers are partly responsible for the unfairly low profile that their operations have in the overall corporate structure. 

We need to talk about supply chain management - and, more specifically, the role of logistics within the supply chain - in a way that honors the far-reaching effect of those activities throughout a company's operations. On the one hand, there is still a lack of awareness in the boardroom; not surprising when you consider how rare it is, even now, to find a C-level logistics or supply chain exec there. But global logistics and supply chain managers, also, are partly responsible for the unfairly low profile their operations maintain within the corporate structure. In short, they fail to recognize their roles in the broader context.

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

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

Forced Labor: Passé or Probable?

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Fri, Oct, 21 2016 @ 9:30 AM

Ask any social compliance or corporate governance executive about forced or slave labor and the response is always the same: “It is unacceptable in my supply chain.”  Yet the reality is most supply chains lack the transparency to identify and take action against suppliers who violate this policy. Even with increased regulations and growing pressure from consumers and NGOs, industries struggle to maintain compliance

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Topics: Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supplier Compliance Questionnaires, Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain Risk Management, Production 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