A global supply chain issue in international business: Disruptive Technology

Posted by Lisa Feroli on November 12, 2014

Anthony Hardenburgh, Vice President of Global Trade ContentThe November issue of World Trade 100, “Technology Pushes Supply Chain Agility,” discusses the ever-present threat of technology disrupters in the businesses arena and how they are challenging supply chains to become more flexible. PwC surveyed 1,500 business and IT executives and concluded that while executives are aware they operate in a disruptive global business community, they are still concerned by inevitable technology disrupters. For this reason, global supply chains must be agile and ready to reconfigure themselves to operate to a new set of business initiatives with the click of a button. 

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management

What Are the Biggest Challenges in the Supply Chain Execution Landscape? Here’s What the Experts Say

Posted by Fariba Ahdoot on October 29, 2014

In today’s growing economy, supply chain execution (SCE) initiatives are essential for companies to comply efficiently with shifting country and region-specific regulations. Companies are heavily investing in sustainability while consumers demand more when it comes to price, quality, and delivery. Achieving profitable growth while managing margins requires a strong focus on controlling supply chain costs.

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

Upcoming Webinar: Global Risk Management and Supplier Visibility

Posted by Colleen Bush on February 18, 2014

How do you watch over and communicate with your global suppliers? Are you prepared for the known (shipping delays, missed deadlines, seasonal swings), as well as the unknown (weather, political unrest, events like the apparel facility collapse in Bangladesh)? Who is responsible? Who is accountable? What are the lessons to be learned and how can you apply them? What about regulatory issues and such things as conflict minerals?

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management

Improve Your Global Transportation Management Operations – Free Benchmark Report

Posted by Colleen Bush on November 14, 2013

Mastering global transportation management is a feat for even the most sophisticated shipper. With extensive growth in today’s global supply chain, shippers don’t just manage the movement of goods from one country into another – rather they manage freight flows across multiple countries, with sourcing markets quickly evolving into consumer markets.

American Shipper, in partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), surveyed more than 350 shippers and third party logistics providers about their global transportation management technology, global footprint, and data quality.

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Topics: Transportation Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management

Supply chain automation: Levi’s data mines its entire supply chain

Posted by Kelsey Barker on October 3, 2013

Levi Strauss & Co. used to run its global supply chain processes manually, with logistics directors in San Francisco relying on Asian suppliers for periodic freight-location updates. As you can imagine, putting a picture together of all those moving pieces was rather complicated for such a prominent apparel company.

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting, Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management

Brown-Forman Finds Wine Export Solutions with Amber Road

Posted by Kelsey Barker on April 24, 2013

It may be hard to believe that one of the world’s largest producers of wines and spirits once lacked visibility of its ocean shipments and carrier performance levels. But back in 2004, Brown-Forman had to rely on the tracking systems of individual carriers to keep tabs on product in transit, with no single platform to monitor the movement of popular brands like Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, and Korbel.

Brown-Forman began looking for a software suite that could provide a central repository while navigating the highly regulated alcoholic beverage industry, where strict records are essential. The company picked Amber Road (then Management Dynamics).

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

New Video: Logistics Provider SDV Discusses Their Use of ITM Solution

Posted by Emily Thornton on April 5, 2011

We have added a brand new video to our Youtube Channel! Heidi Lindemann, an Ocean Procurement Manager at SDV, spoke with the Journal of Commerce at the March 2011 Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference in Long Beach, CA. She discusses how SDV uses Management Dynamics' International Transportation Management solution for Logistics Providers for quoting and building sales proposals.

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Topics: Amber Road News, Contract & Rate Management, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility, Data Quality Management

Supply Chain Visibility Hits its Stride (2008 Year in Review)

Posted by Nathan Pieri on December 4, 2008

Having been involved in the supply chain visibility market for over ten years, 2008 was one of the most impressive years in terms of number of projects. It seems that the generalization that SCV is simply "a feature of every application" is being tempered with the realization that a specialized information system is needed to manage complex global supply chains. Not visibility in your TMS. Not visibility in your WMS. And, not that visibility that comes packaged with your ERP but doesn't connect to any data sources outside the four walls of your enterprise. What is to deliver true global supply chain visibility are purpose-built solutions that exhibit the following characteristics:

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management

New Business Practices Drive Adoption of Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by Nathan Pieri on September 10, 2008

Finally. After ten years of hype surrounding Supply Chain Visibility (SCV), I am seeing mainstream adoption. Sure, many 'earlier adopter' companies took the plunge during the go-go days of 1999/2000, then the market flat-lined post-bubble. Nobody had investment dollars to spend on projects numbered 2, 3 and 4. The big enterprise app companies were doing a good job soaking up the cash and attention of most IT teams.

Roll forward eight years and the market is ramping up based on two key trends:

  1. the shift to Direct Procurement models of global sourcing; and,
  2. the increased accountability of importers with regulations such as the Importer Security Filing (ISF), affectionately known as Customs 10+2.

Fundamentally, the advance of low cost sourcing strategies is challenging the old forwarder/spreadsheet business process that many Importers have employed. Importers must extend business processes, collaborate with trading partners, and control the flow.

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Topics: Import Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management, Importer Security Filing

AMR Predictions in Supply Chain Management 2008

Posted by Nathan Pieri on June 10, 2008

Global supply chains faced their fair share of new and existing challenges in 2007. While improving both cost efficiencies and customer-service levels remained top of mind for supply chain executives, they are now chartered with enabling new business priorities, such as support for growth through more rapid innovation, increased flexibility to respond to demand variations, and sustainability and environmental needs.

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

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