Can Too Much Visibility Put Your Supply Chain in a Blind Spot?

Posted by Mandy Hyde

In today's technologically advanced world, savvy shippers can view their entire end-to-end supply chain through digitization. The key issue with this advancement in technology is not a lack of data, but rather the flood of information that can be difficult to sift through and even slow down shipping processes. To be agile (particularly in the holiday season) importers and exporters require the best solutions that avoid information overload - allowing them to make proactive decisions affecting shipments.

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

Catch Amber Road’s Export Experts at the Massachusetts Export Expo

Posted by Julia Gorman

Say that five times fast! The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo is the state’s largest and most important annual export event. This year’s Export Expo revolves around the uncertainty of the current global trade landscape, and sessions will touch on some of the industry’s pressing issues including NAFTA renegotiation, free trade policy, export control, sanctions, enforcement and more.

The conference will be held at the State Transportation Building in Boston on Friday, December 8th.The Massachusetts Export Expo strives to help companies navigate in today’s dynamic and increasingly complex global trade environment – making Amber Road a proud sponsor of the event and its cocktail reception at the W Hotel Boston.

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Could NAFTA Change Global Sourcing Forever?

Posted by Joseph Gabro

I hope you got your holiday shopping done early this year, because prices could be rising soon! With the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) going through rounds of negotiations, global trade professionals can only watch and wait to see what happens. The threat of a NAFTA withdrawal is real and could have revolutionary consequences - disrupting supply chains that link their domestic imports and manufacturing operations with suppliers in Canada and Mexico. Are we going back in time to the days where we strictly manufactured and sourced goods locally? What exactly would the consequences be? Could the new NAFTA change global sourcing forever?

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Sourcing Optimization, Product Management

e-Commerce Snapshot: The Trade Trends Report 2017

Posted by Julia Gorman

From January to now, 2017 has been riddled with great disruption for global trade professionals. Large-scale changes to trade agreements, boosts in regulatory enforcement, unsteady political landscape, the approach of Brexit, and the destructive trail of natural disasters have spun the global trade world into a state of utter uncertainty.

Now more than ever, companies need to re-engineer processes and supporting systems to achieve a totally new level of agility to respond to these market forces. Not one global company is alone in these challenges; instead all manufacturers, shippers, logistics providers, and other related service providers are struggling through shared uncertainties, risks, and disruptions. Amber Road and AAEI’s The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Survey on Sourcing, Trade and e-Commerce, identifies the primary challenges and the means to proactively prepare for them.

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Topics: Global Knowledge

Webinar: Duty Drawback Simplification

Posted by Julia Gorman

The new year is quickly approaching and so are changes to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s drawback program. The “simplified” duty drawback program will enable eligible importers and exporters to claim 99% of duties, fees and taxes back.

Join Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy webinar, Duty Drawback Simplification - Earning More ROI on Your 2018 Supply Chain! on Thursday, December 7th at 2PM EST.

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Topics: Duty Management

Webinar: Wrapping Up Global Trade in 2017

Posted by Mandy Hyde

The past year of global trade management has been riddled with policy uncertainty and growing protectionism as ongoing negotiations, such as NAFTA and Brexit, bring promise of widespread trade changes and an influx of new policies and regulations. The World Trade Organization originally reported in April that global trade was expected to recover in 2017 and 2018; however, in order for a rebound in economic performance, governments would need to pursue "the right policy mix." Did this happen? What forthcoming trade trends do importers and exporters need to prepare for?

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Topics: Global Trade Content, Trade Content Specialists

Amber Road's Rules of Origin Search Tool Facilitates the Analysis Process

Posted by Ty Bordner

Lowering or eliminating your customs duties by leveraging free trade agreements or trade preference programs is a smart business strategy. There is an essential requirement to free trade agreement utilization: validating the product against its Rule of Origin (i.e. qualification).  These rules define the criteria by which a product is eligible for participation in the trade program.  When a product is wholly obtained and produced in a single country, it is relatively easy to determine its eligibility.  Difficulties arise in determining eligibility of goods manufactured in, assembled in, or using materials originating in, more than one country.

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Topics: Duty Management, Global Trade Content, Free Trade Agreements

And Then There Were 11: the TPP Moves on Without the US

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

It was a busy Saturday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit as trade ministers from 11 countries announced an agreement to push ahead with a trade deal whose destiny was uncertain after President Donald Trump dropped out a few months ago. Despite the US decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact to pursue an ‘America First’ protectionist trade agenda, the remaining 11 countries came away with a blueprint to start trading more freely between themselves in a resurrected form of the TPP deal. 

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Topics: Duty Management, Global Trade Management, Free Trade Agreements

Communication is Key: Material Management Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

Posted by Joseph Gabro

In today's growing fashion industry, companies must meet their customers' demands as efficiently as possible while containing costs and reducing risk. But where should you start?

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Production Management, Material Order Visibility

Apparel Importers Stay in Vogue with Trade & Transportation at USFIA's Conference

Posted by Julia Gorman

For the past 29 years, United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA) host the Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference. As the premier annual event for the fashion industry’s trade and transportation community, the conference gathers over 200 industry executives. 

Amber Road is excited to attend and sponsor this year’s 29th Annual Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference on November 15, 2017 in New York City. As the Mobile App Sponsor, Amber Road will introduce the event app where attendees can plan their agenda, network, and access exclusive conference resources.

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Topics: Duty Management