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

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

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

Labeling Apparel – Getting it Right!

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Thu, Jun, 30 2016 @ 4:05 PM

The labeling rules for apparel products are detailed and numerous.  Specialty materials such as fiber, bamboo, and fur all require an especially strong understanding of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) requirements.

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Topics: Apparel, Import Management, GTM Best Practices, Import Compliance, Global Trade Academy, Trade Compliance

Amber Road Goes to Washington: USFIA’s “Trade is Fashionable” Symposium

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Tue, Jun, 28 2016 @ 3:43 PM

"I'm just a bill. Yes I’m only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill."

Over 40 years ago, a Saturday morning TV show called Schoolhouse Rock uniquely taught children (and adults) how the US government passes new laws and legislation in a lyrical cartoon with a catchy tune. Even in this animated lesson, the tremendous complexity of laws, regulations and directives is obvious.  Yet most of us are challenged daily to negotiate mountains of legalese in order to conduct business.

In a new benchmark report produced by USFIA and Dr. Sheng Lu of the University of Delaware, executives ranked  compliance with trade regulations among their top three concerns as they finish out 2016 and prepare for next year - an increase from the 2015 survey. 

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Topics: Global Trade Content, Global Trade Management, Events, Global Knowledge, Global Supply Chain, Trade Compliance

Webinar Q&A: Comparing Cargo Security Programs Around the World

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Fri, Jun, 17 2016 @ 3:00 PM

This week, Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy broadcasted a webinar on Comparing Cargo Security Programs Around the World. Our presenter, Suzanne Richer 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 her answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Webinars, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Global Trade Academy, Trade Compliance, C-TPAT

Comparing Cargo Security Programs Around the World

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Thu, Jun, 2 2016 @ 9:00 AM

Global Cargo Security Programs offer key advantages to the savvy international trade professional. From C-TPAT to AEO, J-AEO, C-AEO, PIP and NEEC, companies are challenged with aligning these programs, especially when requirements differ from one country to the next.

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Topics: Webinars, GTM Best Practices, Supply Chain Visibility, Global Supply Chain, Global Trade Academy, Trade Compliance, C-TPAT

Danieli Group Enhances Global Trade Compliance with Screening Solution

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Tue, May, 24 2016 @ 10:19 AM

In an era of heightened security, determining whether individuals, companies or organizations are restricted from conducting trade is essential. Exporters are responsible for ensuring that they are compliant with government regulations and that their goods are not being sold to undesirable entities.

To safeguard against these risks, Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA has selected Amber Road's Restricted Party Screening solution to support the company's enterprise-wide global trade compliance initiative.

Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA is the parent company of Danieli Group, which ranks among the three largest suppliers of equipment and plants for the metals industry worldwide. Headquartered in North-Eastern Italy, Danieli Group includes more than 40 subsidiaries globally, with workshops and implementation projects across the world.

Seeking more comprehensive coverage to support current operations and future growth, Danieli decided to further enhance its compliance controls by implementing a state-of-the-art solution. The company chose Amber Road’s Restricted Party Screening solution, part of the comprehensive Export On-Demand solution that also includes product classification, export controls and export license management as standard modules.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening, Global Knowledge, Trade Compliance

Trade Compliance: The Missing Link in the Oil & Gas Supply Chain

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Wed, Apr, 20 2016 @ 1:28 PM

As the price of oil drops, companies need to reconsider their cost-saving strategies and how to manage global supply chains for bottom line impact. Typically, companies focus their efforts only on how they can drive costs down within their supply chain, without considering how their import/export compliance team can improve value.

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Topics: Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Events, Global Trade Academy, Trade Compliance

Understanding C-TPAT and the New C-TPAT Portal

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Thu, Apr, 14 2016 @ 4:46 PM

Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary, joint government-business initiative to help add to supply chain visibility and increase border security. Although generally C-TPAT focuses on imports into the United States, it has more recently opened up to U.S. exporters since they are too exposed to considerable risk. In order to accommodate the requests and expanding parameters, a framework for the C-TPAT program and requirements has been deployed.

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Topics: Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Global Supply Chain, Trade Compliance, C-TPAT