Sole Searching for Answers to Trade Compliance, Customs and Supply Chain Snags

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

An unusual rainy start didn’t stop the lively discussions and informative sessions on trade issues, compliance challenges, and customs solutions at FDRA’s Footwear Trade and Distribution Conference (FTDC) last week in Huntington Beach. Nearly 200 of the industry’s top footwear executives, traffic and distribution specialists, customs experts, and service providers joined the longest running U.S. footwear conference on October 16-19. Companies on stage and in the audience included Caleres, Deer Stags, Amer Sports, KEEN, NIKE, Kohl’s, and others.

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Topics: Apparel, Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Import Management, Import Compliance

How to Unlock Value from Interconnecting Product Lifecycle Management and Supply Chain Teams

Posted by Colleen Bush

Despite the increasing number of unexpected supply chain vulnerabilities and disruptions, many companies are failing to address these challenges. With many brand organizations and retailers relying on outsourced manufacturing, these complexities have become more evident, and in many cases, hinder companies’ ability to build quality products quickly and deliver them to their consumer base efficiently. So how do you overcome these complexities? The answer lies in interconnecting product lifecycle management (PLM) and supply chain teams.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Production Management, Production Tracking

Why Traceability Plays a Key Role in Social Compliance

Posted by Thomas Ng

Today’s consumers expect accurate and detailed product information at the point of sale to ensure that apparel, footwear, food, and other products meet their social and ethical standards. As companies recognize this growing consumer demand, many are advancing their traceability efforts to provide consistent and complete sourcing, social, and ethical product background information.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Risk and Quality Management, Production Tracking, Facility Compliance

Webinar Q&A: How Abercrombie Deployed a Transloading Model

Posted by Joe Gabro

Last month, Supply & Demand Chain Executive broadcasted a webinar entitled, How Abercrombie Deployed a Transloading Model. Presenters included:

  • Chris Andrews, Director of International Logistics at Abercrombie
  • Sarah Jane Chapman, Manager of International Logistics at Abercrombie
  • Stephanie Miles, Senior Vice President of Commercial Services at Amber Road
  • Kevin Snelling, Senior Transportation Analyst at Abercrombie

Our presenters received several questions throughout the webinar and unfortunately did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Visibility, Shipment Preparation

Webinar Q&A: Dick's Sporting Goods Goes to the Source

Posted by Kelsey Barker

During our webinar with SupplyChainBrain last month, Ryan Miller of Dick's Sporting Goods discussed how the company has adopted new technology to automate and simplify the supplier relationship management process, making it easy for sourcing executives to make quick, informed decisions about their suppliers. Several viewers asked questions during the webinar, and while our speakers were unable to answer them all live, Ryan Miller and Gary Barraco have answered the additional questions here.

Q: Does your implementation of Amber Road integrate with other systems?

Ryan:  Yes, absolutely.  We are integrated today with Flex PLM from PTC.  That’s our main development system where we are doing all our tech packs, and that’s where our product information starts.  Amber Road comes at the beginning.  So as we are onboarding a vendor, all that vendor data is fed from Amber Road into PTC.  And then later on after development is through, we feed the data back from PTC back over to Amber Road for product testing and materials testing.  It’s one continuous back and forth integration.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supplier Compliance Questionnaires

Overcoming the Gaps Separating Sourcing from Logistics and Compliance

Posted by Joe Gabro

Let’s put it bluntly: in most companies, sourcing teams are not well connected to their logistics and trade compliance teams. In fact, recent research from American Shipper shows that fewer than 5 percent of companies have a single platform linking key sourcing activities with freight transportation.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Sourcing, Sourcing Analysis, Global Trade Management

Video Series Chapter 2: Supply Chain Collaboration Solutions

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz

Continued from Chapter 1: The Challenges of Global Trade

Companies that rely heavily on manually intensive processes struggle to get their products from concept to creation in an efficient manner. With multiple product lines and changing consumer demands, the sourcing and production phases within the product lifecycle require close collaboration between companies and their buyers and suppliers. A lack of communication can lead to bottlenecks and increased costs. It’s imperative for companies to find a way to effectively collaborate with their suppliers to ensure success.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Production Management, Production Tracking, Product Management

And the Survey Says…! Global Sourcing Shifts in 2016

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz

It’s no secret that puzzling shifts to the retail landscape have some companies on edge. Sourcing executives are under intense pressure to remain relevant and deliver exciting products to consumers while struggling with declining foot traffic, global competition, and even bankruptcy. Uncertainty also surrounds the U.S. presidential race, which could impact global trade, jobs, businesses, and consumer spending. 

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

The New GTM: Connecting Upstream Decisions to Improve Downstream Execution

Posted by Joe Gabro

Although many companies are engaged in global trade, that doesn’t mean they are getting the most out of their processes or technology systems designed to streamline international business. The new GTM recognizes the increasing complexity involved in global trade, and the need to encompass design, production, and global sourcing decisions as part of the end-to-end scope.

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

On-Demand Webinar - Connect the Sourcing Silo: How Technology Feeds Sourcing and Logistics Collaboration

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz

Product development and sourcing is inextricably linked to the downstream supply chain activities that follow, like trade compliance and logistics. But these functions have traditionally been siloed – sourcing teams going about their jobs independent of the impact on trade compliance and logistics teams, and vice versa. 

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Sourcing, Sourcing Analysis, Global Trade Management