Final Steps to EU-UK Separation: Is Your Supply Chain Brexit-Ready?

Posted by Arne Mielken

Last week, the European Council President Donald Tusk called a special summit of the EU leaders on the topic of Brexit. During this meeting, the European Council, consisting of the EU 27 Heads of State met to approve and endorse both the political and legal documents necessary for the separation between the EU and the UK to take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 0.00 CET (11 BST). So, what's next?

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Topics: Global Trade Management, Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Content

Don’t be Scared; Be Prepared! Gearing Up for Fall 2018

Posted by Veronika Clough

Autumn is here, which means the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. The store shelves are already stocked with some Christmas holiday goods, which signals that the products are already sitting in the local DCs and stores. Companies aren’t wasting time to get the holiday shopping season underway, and better inventory management will give them some extra advantages this season. It’s also important to understand why product testing matters in today’s complex safety and compliance world, and how to keep from being blindsided by custom laws and regulations. Amber Road’s subject matter experts provide best practices across the supply chain in a range of published articles from industry publications. 

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Topics: Product Management, Sourcing Optimization, Trade Compliance, Global Supply Chain, Global Trade Management Software

Amber Road Customers Closing High Performance Gap with Digital

Posted by Veronika Clough

Despite store closures, sluggish sales, and demanding consumers, at least 50 of the most profitable  retailers still managed to keep growth going. Their success is in large part related to the technology they use to keep their supply chains running at optimal performance and beat the competition in a tough marketplace. Industry resource Apparel magazine has released its annual “Top 50 Report,” not just listing the most profitable US apparel companies, but shedding light onto how they came out swinging in 2018, despite the industry challenges they faced.

In order to hold a position on this list, retail companies need to exceed $100 million in sales, even though most reach into the billions. As publicly traded US companies, these organizations have demonstrated profit margin increases over the last year, grading them in order of these strides in revenue gains.

Amber Road is proud to congratulate 10 of the Top 50 companies who we also have the honor to serve as customers. These are the companies on this year’s Apparel Top 50 list that are customers leveraging Amber Road’s software solutions for supply chain collaboration and execution:
  • Tapestry (Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman)
  • Nike
  • Cintas
  • PVH
  • VF Corp
  • Chico’s
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Vera Bradley
  • TJX
  • L Brands

“Some of these notable names have been long-time customers. The year-over-year performance of these winners is impressive, and we believe software solutions do play a hand in their achievements,” said Cheryl Layne, Customer Success Director for Amber Road. “We have always maintained a customer base of growing apparel and footwear companies and we congratulation them for their hard work.”

When asked about challenges, Robert Wallstrom, CEO of Vera Bradley replied: “Over the last few years, retail has been going through a very disruptive cycle, and the industry has changed forever. Technology has revolutionized retail: the e-commerce channel has become the primary growth engine; marketing has transformed to a ‘digital-first’ strategy; the physical store has moved from a place of purchase to a place of brand experience; and artificial intelligence is becoming the core engine to drive change faster than anyone could have previously imagined.” You can read the entire Apparel article here.

It’s apparent these companies understand the business value of automating and optimizing their supply chain execution operations for greater visibility, agility and lowered risk, while reducing sourcing costs across the board. To do it right, organizations need to take a holistic, integrated approach that encompasses every phase in the lifecycle. Amber Road offers companies solutions across the entire supply chain. To learn more about today’s global trade management solutions, click on the download below from Aberdeen Group.

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order Collaboration, Global Sourcing, Global Trade Management Software

Global Trade Management: The Past, Present, and Future

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Global Trade Management (GTM) has evolved from a collection of standalone supply chain and enterprise applications into an integrated, robust solution that ties them all together on a common platform. Just as supply chains have changed dramatically in the past decade to adapt to new global sourcing and production trends, companies that seek to stay on the forefront of GTM and supply chain management are embracing advances that give them an edge over the competition. But where should you start? And what does the future hold in store?

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

Podcast - Evolving to ONE Digital Supply Chain

Posted by Courtney Correll

Jamie Bragg, the Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer with Tailored Brands, sits down with CIO Talk Network in our Evolving to ONE Digital Supply Chain podcast. Bragg explains the importance of organizations adopting a single comprehensive approach to operating their global supply chains. To learn more about Bragg's advice, read the podcast's full transcript below: 

Sanjog: Today most organizations are recognizing the value of going digital when it comes to a supply chain, but they introduce it only as a point solution to automate specific processes or functions. This is a fragmented and opportunistic approach that may be undermining the supply chain. The discussion here is to explore how organizations can define and adopt digital in one holistic approach to operating supply chain across the globe.

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Global Trade Management, GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management Software

Digitization Creates a Strong Value Chain: Generating Cost Reductions

Posted by David Hamilton

Most business decisions are determined by money, whether its revenue generated or potential savings. Due to increasing globalization in today’s markets, coupled with an unstable regulatory environment, global supply chains are becoming more complex than ever before. This has increased the difficulty of simple day-to-day operations, let alone optimizing costs. The current influx of multiple transportation routes and carriers, updated government regulations, and several other factors will continue to bring hardship unless a strong value chain is obtained.

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Topics: Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain Visibility, GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management Software, Global Knowledge

A CFO's Guide to Transforming the Global Supply Chain

Posted by Joseph Gabro

As CFOs move beyond traditional accounting responsibilities to take on strategic roles in their organizations, many realize that they must do more to optimize their global supply chains. The solution? Implementing a digital model of the global supply chain to better share, process, and analyze information.

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

Blockchain For Supply Chain: Will It Enhance Your Global Trade Management?

Posted by Paris Riley

Blockchain just might be the biggest buzzword of this year, but what is it and how can we use it? While it’s still a developing technology, blockchain has already shown promise for its potential application for supply chain solutions. As we continue to move forward into the digital age and engage in a digital supply chain transformation, blockchain for global trade management seems like the next logical step.

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Topics: Global Trade Management, Global Trade Management Software

What's Your Reality of a Digital Supply Chain?

Posted by Tiffany Gourdin

You may think your supply chain is digital, thanks to all those nifty tech tools you conduct business with like barcode scanners, robotics, and transportation management systems (TMS) - but is it really? These days, most supply chains use some sort of digital technology, and many best-in-class organizations are looking ahead to more advanced technologies. Their intention is to transform their supply chains to make them faster, smarter, more efficient, integrated, and agile.

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

Digitization: Delivering Seamless Experiences and More Value

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Trade is more globalized than ever as organizations adopt more global sourcing strategies with suppliers in every corner of the world. As more countries participate in global trade, management of the supply chain grows more complex. Now add the multitude of customers armed with technology and putting on more pressure to deliver on cost, quality and timeliness.

The great confluence has forced leaders in this space to automate, optimize and analyze their internal processes to stay ahead of the competition. Those that chose to transform, have an opportunity to take advantage of supply chain digitization tools that will create greater value and deliver seamless experiences.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software

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