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

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

Compliance Issues in the Footwear Industry Uncover the Need for Risk Management Solutions

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Supply chains are becoming highly sophisticated and vital to attaining a competitive advantage for many companies. But as manufacturers look to expand across borders, the global nature also makes them increasingly vulnerable to a variety of risks.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Facility Compliance

Visibility and Collaboration: It’s Not Just for the Factory Anymore

Posted by Joseph Gabro

In today’s fast moving supply and demand environment, agility and tight collaboration with the extended network of partners is paramount for retailers and manufacturers looking to stay ahead of the competition.  However, when it comes to being agile, companies need to leverage a single platform that connects all of the parties and activities while also providing end-to-end visibility.  Often touted as the “magic pill” for supply chain ailments, control tower visibility can provide the advantage of foretelling where issues will cause the chain to break when suppliers and service providers are globally distributed and disparate.

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Topics: Production Management, Production Tracking, Material Order Visibility, Order Collaboration

Need for Speed: Becoming Faster Through Supply Chain Transformation

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Speed-to-market has become the top market pressure for retailers. There are a few companies in the apparel industry that are turning heads with their transformative process changes. What can other industries or CPG manufacturers learn from the “fast fashion” leaders like H&M, Uniqlo, and Zara who are able to go from concept to shelf in weeks?

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Topics: Production Management, Production Tracking, Material Order Visibility

Brexit, EU, and Trump - How to Prepare for Changes in Global Trade

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Global trade management is challenging enough, given the complexity of managing and optimizing supply chains today. As global supply chains become increasingly more complex, the challenge of managing the growth while maintaining control increases along with it. Change is constant. However, with Brexit and new U.S. trade and tax policies soon to take effect, companies must be prepared before it's too late.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management

Keeping Pace with the eVOLUTION: Digitizing Your Supply Chain

Posted by Joseph Gabro

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

Amber Road's global trade management software helps companies transform their global supply chain to improve margins, enable agility, and reduce risk by increasing operational efficiency, reducing direct costs, and creating a faster, leaner, more agile supply chain.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management

How to Fully Address the New ACE PGA Requirements

Posted by Joseph Gabro

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is leveraging the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system to implement a Single Window with Partner Government Agencies (PGAs). As a result, importers must now prepare all data elements prior to the arrival of goods.  Considering 10-75 data points must be declared at the time of admission, importers must find a way to ensure that the correct information is being submitted in a timely manner.

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Topics: Import Management, Entry Management, Import Customs Filing

Export Control Violation Leads to Billion Dollar Penalty

Posted by Joseph Gabro

This is an update to a blog post originally published on March 10, 2017.

Update:  Last month, the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) decided to remove ZTE Corporation from its Entity List, allowing the company to continue business in the United States. 

“By acknowledging the mistakes we made, taking responsibility for them... we are committed to a ZTE that is fully compliant, healthy, and trustworthy.”

- Zhao Xianming, ZTE President

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening, Export Violations

Sporting Goods Retailer Takes Safety and Product Testing to New Level

Posted by Joseph Gabro

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