CPSC Doesn’t Toy Around with Safety

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Thu, Apr, 13 2017 @ 1:15 PM

Most of us are familiar with the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and the work they do to protect consumers. Recently we’ve heard a great deal about safety recalls for air bags, mobile phones and hover boards – all of these with life-threatening concerns for consumers.  As manufacturers and importers, it is your responsibility to ensure every product meets the most current standards for product testing; an often difficult task given the mounting additions to the current federal and state regulations.

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Topics: Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management, Quality Control Inspection

Sporting Goods Retailer Takes Safety and Product Testing to New Level

Posted by Joe Gabro on Wed, Apr, 5 2017 @ 10:45 AM

In today's complex and dynamic regulatory environment, retailers must leverage technology and best practices to address costly product safety and compliance risks. Real time visibility and reporting are essential components in preventing disruptions throughout the entire product development lifecycle. However, what happens if your data becomes scattered and is not integrated into a primary supply chain management solution?

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Topics: Retail, Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management

Upcoming Webinar: Risk Mitigation

Posted by Joe Gabro on Thu, Mar, 23 2017 @ 10:45 AM

Supply chain risk comes in various forms - geopolitical, cyber security, and natural disasters (just to name a few). So, how can you prevent these risks from becoming major supply chain disruptions?

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Quality Control Inspection

Webinar Recap: Vera Bradley Shares Its Amber Road Experience

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, Dec, 5 2016 @ 9:42 AM

A few weeks ago, we held a lively webinar with Megan Coale from Vera Bradley and Cheryl Layne from our customer success team.  We talked about the implementation of Amber Road’s solutions used by the teams at Vera Bradley to produce their iconic products.  Vera Bradley is a manufacturer of stylish quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories. With small-town roots in Indiana, the brand has grown to $500 million in annual sales, serving customers all around the globe.  Known for its distinctive and colorful fabrics and trims, some of the core company values that originated at Vera Bradley’s birth 20 years ago still exist – high quality products, produced by suppliers in a timely fashion, and of course, those recognizable, trend-setting fabrics.  These are the expectations of customers today, and Vera Bradley has it in the bag.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management, Production Management, Sample & Costing Management

Testing Tinkertoys, Tonka Trucks, Teddy Bears, and Toy Chests: New ASTM Criteria Unifies Global Standards

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, Nov, 7 2016 @ 8:50 AM

Toy sales in the United States have shown robust growth figures in the last decade. Much of it is spurred by syndicated toy products from movies released to coincide with the Christmas season, drawing kids to add them to Santa’s list. According to The NPD Group, US toy sales increased 6.7 percent to $19.4 billion in 2015, topping the firm's estimate of 6.2 percent growth.

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Topics: Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management, Production Management, Quality Control Inspection

Quality is Stitched into the Supply Chain: A Vera Bradley Case Study

Posted by Colleen Bush on Mon, Oct, 31 2016 @ 2:46 PM

Vera Bradley is a leading designer of women's handbags, luggage and travel items, fashion and home accessories and unique gifts. Founded in 1982, the brand's innovative designs, iconic patterns and brilliant colors inspire and connect women unlike any other brand in the global marketplace. To ensure high quality products that continue to exceed customers' expectations, Vera Bradley leverages Amber Road’s Supply Chain Collaboration solutions.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Visibility, Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management, Production Management, Sample & Costing Management

Why Traceability Plays a Key Role in Social Compliance

Posted by Thomas Ng on Tue, Oct, 11 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Today’s consumers expect accurate and detailed product information at the point of sale to ensure that apparel, footwear, food, and other products meet their social and ethical standards. As companies recognize this growing consumer demand, many are advancing their traceability efforts to provide consistent and complete sourcing, social, and ethical product background information.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Risk and Quality Management, Production Tracking, Facility Compliance

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

Upcoming Webinar: Is Your Cargo Secure?

Posted by Joe Gabro on Mon, Sep, 12 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Cargo theft and security remains top of mind for supply chain executives. Although violent thefts are falling, reports of “fictitious pickups” are growing rapidly.

Please join us for a complimentary Supply & Demand Chain Executive webinar entitled Cargo Theft & Security: The Current Risks, The Best Defense, broadcasting live on Wednesday, September 14 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Facility Compliance, Quality Control Inspection

Video Series Chapter 3: Risk & Quality Management

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Wed, Sep, 7 2016 @ 1:35 PM

Continued from Chapter 2: Supply Chain Collaboration Solutions

A single supply chain disruption has the ability to negatively impact a company’s reputation. With global organizations operating in an environment of ever-changing regulatory constraints, brand manufacturers and retailers must take measures to help ensure accountability and full supply chain transparency.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management, Risk and Quality Management