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

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, Product Development

Going to the Source:  Supplier Relationship (Micro-) Management

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Fri, Jun, 17 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Across the world, sourcing, supply chain, and global trade executives are under intense pressure to streamline their processes in order to stay ahead of the competition and keep their companies in the black. But let’s face it — it’s not easy in this environment: light-speed business, stringent compliance regulations, and consumer demand for more agility than a squirrel on a bird feeder.

Studies show the top organizations that have successfully aligned with their key suppliers have reduced risk factors and improved innovation, quality, reliability, and costs/price reductions. Both sides of the business can achieve greater value, which is difficult to achieve if operating independently.

Amber Road customer Dick’s Sporting Goods has adopted new technology to automate and simplify the SRM process, making it easy for sourcing executives to make quick, informed decisions about their suppliers.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Risk Management, Risk and Quality Management, Product Development, Vendor Management

Heightened Supply Chain Security in the Shadow of Risk

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, Apr, 25 2016 @ 4:02 PM

Global supply chains are growing in complexity, yet remain vulnerable to myriad dangers damaging to both people and businesses. Supply chain disruptions, delays and loss of goods are costly global problems. The supply chain must be protected against those disruptions by establishing processes like counter-terrorism evaluations, identifying the most critical elements of the supply chain system, and bolstering resilience so the supply chain can recover quickly from any disruptions. 

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Topics: Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Risk Management, Risk and Quality Management

Driving Apparel and Footwear Innovation: Top 5 Takeaways from the AAFA Sourcing Conference

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Thu, Apr, 21 2016 @ 6:11 PM

This year’s Sourcing, Customs and Logistics Conference, hosted in New Orleans by the American Apparel and Footwear Association, was all about innovation – so go ahead and add “innovate” to your to-do list. But what does that mean, exactly? How do you ensure that a multi-national organization outwits, out-produces, and outsells nimble newcomers to the apparel and footwear marketplace?

Luckily, a fantastic lineup of retailers, wholesalers, shippers, service providers and brands shared their strategies for driving innovation, especially in the areas of product development, sourcing, logistics and trade compliance. Here are our top 5 takeaways:

1. Be a master of supply chain, not retail

Take UNIQLO for example. They have mastered the supply chain, with limited, well-researched SKUs, quick time-to-market, and almost no duties – and have seen double-digit growth. Rick Helfenbein, CEO of AAFA, stressed that the “how” outweighs the “what.” 62% of all logistics cost is transportation, a number that only grows with increasing East Coast demand for Asian goods. Also remember that productivity rates matter more than outright cost – while Bangalore suppliers may be cheaper per item than China’s, for example, they may not match in efficiency and output.

2. Be a sourcing pioneer

Asia isn’t the only place to source goods. Africa is one of the world’s biggest untapped resources. By 2035, the working-age population in the region is expected to be as large as China’s is today – more than 900 million people.  While it’s caught the attention of the apparel industry, the continent presents numerous challenges. For example, the area has vast water resources, but lacks the infrastructure to store it. Security in the region also poses a huge threat, as ISIS, Boko Haram, and Somalian pirates add significant risk to many ports.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Import Compliance, Supply Chain Risk Management, Product, Product Development

Slavery Crops Up in the Global Supply Chain

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Thu, Dec, 17 2015 @ 11:12 AM

Pervasive human trafficking has turned Thailand’s shrimp processing business into a $7 billion dollar industry. But now that human rights watchdogs have exposed the poor ethical practices in this country, grocers and restaurateurs worldwide are denying knowledge of the intolerable conditions workers must endure to produce the tasty morsels we have come to enjoy at a great price.

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Topics: Retail, Import Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Restricted Party Screening, Supply Chain Risk Management

[Upcoming American Shipper Webinar] Recovering After Disaster: Lessons Learned for Supply Chain Execs

Posted by Fariba Ahdoot on Fri, Oct, 30 2015 @ 9:30 AM

Today’s managers know that they need to protect their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions, however only a few have taken action to prepare for unforeseen disasters. The most significant factors impacting supply chain risks are environmental, geopolitical, economic and technological. Each factor has a probability of causing disruptions within global supply chains. Whether it’s dealing with quality and safety challenges, supply shortages, legal issues, regulatory and environmental compliance, or natural disasters, companies can take a proactive approach to risk management to ensure their global supply chains are insulated.

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Topics: Amber Road News, Supply Chain Risk Management, webinar

Amber Road to Discuss HTS Footwear Classification at the AAFA Footwear Workshop

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Thu, Oct, 1 2015 @ 2:30 PM

On Thursday, October 8th, Amber Road will sponsor the AAFA Footwear Workshop: Product Safety & Responsible Manufacturing at the New Balance facility in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Designed specifically for footwear companies, this workshop will deliver updates on federal, state, and international regulations as well as discuss the business practices that will help prevent any regulatory issues from blindsiding your business.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Events, Footwear, Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain Risk Management