Beating Stormy Weather: Supply Chain Resiliency

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Fri, Sep, 15 2017 @ 2:00 PM

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

Why Multi-Tier Supplier Collaboration Is More Important Now

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Tue, Sep, 5 2017 @ 2:25 PM

Real-time visibility into your global suppliers is no longer a pipe dream. Market leaders in every industry segment have visibility not just into their important tier 1 suppliers, but also a limited cross-section of their tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers as well. Enterprise-class technology solutions that offer flexibility and visibility at every step are a required part of every agile company’s playbook to stay ahead of the game in 2017 and beyond.

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

The Digital Global Supply Chain

Posted by Julia Gorman on Mon, Jul, 31 2017 @ 2:00 PM

As companies expand global operations to take advantage of cost savings in other regions, they are put under pressure to deliver the right product at the lowest price into the waiting hands of customers. From sourcing to shipment execution, your global operations require collaboration with various parties, the exchange of documents, and the ability to quickly adapt to interruptions, all the while remaining compliant with global security initiatives. Without digitization, important and cost-saving details are bound to get lost in the shuffle.

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

Video - Transforming Your Global Supply Chain

Posted by Tiffany Gourdin on Thu, Jul, 27 2017 @ 12:00 PM

We are pleased to announce the release of the newest video in our Video Hub - Transforming Your Global Supply Chain!

The world of global trade is fast-paced, ever-changing, always evolving. In order to keep pace, your supply chain processes and technology need to evolve too. 

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Topics: GTM Best Practices, Supply Chain Visibility

Creating a Digital Supply Chain at SCM World Leaders Forum

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Mon, Jun, 12 2017 @ 12:27 PM

Supply chains are changing fast. While there has been little change in the physical movement of goods, customer expectations have risen alongside the Internet of Things, data analysis, the cloud, sustainability, and other competitive pressures. B2C trends are driving B2B; ease, reliability and transparency are now standard requirements. Business needs to reflect on this strategy and focus on growing in a digital world.

Next month, executives at the SCM World Leaders Forum - the annual retreat for the world's supply chain and operations elite in London - will discuss "Mastering the Matrix" of the digital supply chain. Joining the discussion will be Charlie Jenkinson, former vice president of operational excellence at Electrocomponents, as he presents on "Creating a Digital Supply Chain."

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Global Supply Chain

The Nimble Supply Chain: Visibility and Agility

Posted by Jim Preuninger on Mon, Mar, 20 2017 @ 10:00 AM

While the political arena is as contentious as ever, there is no debate about the volatility in global trade today. The only true constant is the state of upheaval: from growing protectionism and the rapidly changing regulatory environment to cargo theft and pressure from consumers, organizations must determine the best way to adapt. Two key factors are visibility and agility. Supply chain visibility is an oft-overlooked, yet critical, capability for today’s organizations. This complex feature requires maintaining sight of business goals and the benefits of various methods and solutions for maintaining visibility. While many companies are wrangling several different enterprise solutions to help provide a complete picture, there exist a few single solutions that keep the entire supply chain in the picture.

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

Amber Road to Discuss Enabling Retail for e-Commerce at the RILA Supply Chain Conference

Posted by Mollie Leon on Fri, Jan, 27 2017 @ 8:52 AM

The retail industry was an early adopter of low-cost sourcing strategies. Most retailers are now also looking to improve the efficiency of their import operations to reduce cash-to-cash cycles and lower total delivered costs. They have always faced long lead times and variability, but these issues are magnified given the proliferation of products and the global effect of natural disasters on supply chains.

Amber Road is excited to sponsor and speak at the RILA Supply Chain Conference from February 12 – 15 in Orlando, Florida. This conference will focus on the latest industry trends and technologies in transportation, distribution, international logistics & sourcing, supply chain planning software, omnichannel, and much more! 

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Topics: Retail, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility

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, Free 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

Supply Chain Visibility: Know Sooner, Act Now

Posted by Joe Gabro on Tue, Dec, 6 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Experiencing supply chain disruptions these days is like watching the butterfly effect at Mach speed. One delicate wing flap in any part of the process and the whole supply chain erupts into chaos across the globe. This year alone, supply chains are riddled with unexpected disruptions. In January 2016, analysts predicted big trade upticks but the forecasts fell short all year because global trade has been hit with multiple, unforeseen interruptions, sending importers and exporters scrambling to stay on course. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility, Data Quality Management