Supply Chain Visibility – Best Practices to Delight Today's "Modern" Customers

Posted by Andy Simmons

Everything we buy these days - a tube of toothpaste from Amazon, a TV from Best Buy, or a drone from Walmart - comes with alerts: “Your Order has Left the Warehouse!” or “Your Purchase is on its Way!”, and of course emails with estimated delivery times usually from both the supplier and the carrier.  It is what we’ve all become accustomed to and it’s part of the retail phenomenon called the “Amazon effect.”

  • Well, what if you instantly knew details on the location, arrival, and departure time of everything your own company shipped at every step of its journey from you to your customer?
  • What if this could all happen automatically, with no human intervention, as if “by magic?”
  • What if something becomes delayed at any step of the way you would be automatically notified, and a revised schedule immediately created?
  • What if this could happen with every single order, every single time, no matter where in the world it was going, no matter who the logistics parties were, day or night?
  • Wouldn’t your customers be thrilled if they were automatically alerted to any adjustments in their delivery expectations?

With Amber Road’s Global Trade Management (GTM) software there really is no excuse anymore for this to not be the standard practice in the industry globally.  And for Amber Road’s clients utilizing our Export Management and Supply Chain Visibility solutions, it is an everyday advantage.

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting, Integrated Service Provider Network, Order and Shipment Visibility

Apple’s Supply Chain Visibility: How Product Popularity Impacts Secrecy

Posted by Lisa Feroli

Apple's heightened popularityIt is no surprise that Apple is always two steps ahead of the competition. It seems when a new product is unveiled, without question, all other brands follow suit. But when it comes to Apple’s supply chain intricacy, the brand is stuck between publicity and the necessity of secrecy.

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility

[Last Chance to Register!] Domestic vs. International Supply Chain Performance Gap Webinar

Posted by Lisa Feroli

When it comes to investing in your international supply chain, awareness is key. Don’t forget to register for the complimentary Logistics Management webinar featuring Amber Road and Aberdeen Group, Domestic vs. International Supply Chain Performance Gap: Uncovering the Investment Disparity, this Wednesday, November 19th at 2:00pm ET.

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Performance Management Reporting, Supply Chain Visibility

[Upcoming Logistics Management Webinar] Domestic vs. International Supply Chain Performance Gap

Posted by Lisa Feroli

According to Aberdeen Research, international shipment costs twice as much, takes five times as long and has five times the lead time variability of a domestic shipment.  In light of these facts, a 1% improvement in international supply chain efficiency will obviously yield a far greater return than a 1% improvement in domestic supply chain efficiency.

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Performance Management Reporting, Supply Chain Visibility

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

Posted by Kelsey Barker

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

New! AberdeenGroup Supply Chain Visibility Report

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Supply chain execution and responsiveness require the tight synchronization of supply and demand, as well as the orchestration of the three flows of commerce - the movement of goods, information, and funds - across an increasingly large number of logistics and trading partners spanning wide geographic areas.

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

Tomorrow’s Webinar: Building a Segmented Supply Chain Model

Posted by Emily Thornton

Join Amber Road and Logistics Management tomorrow, December 11 at 2pm EST for a webinar to hear how organizations are embracing a supply chain segmentation approach to better manage resources and understand customers' buying behaviors. During Building a Segmented Supply Chain Model, Michael Levans, Group Editorial Director at Peerless Research, and Stephanie Miles, SVP Commercial Services at Amber Road, will discuss key findings and best practices from recent market research, including:

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Performance Management Reporting, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Visibility

Ten Tips to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by Emily Thornton

Today's post is courtesy of Nathan at GTMBestPractices.org. Enjoy!

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting

Suggested New Years Resolution: Improve Your Performance Management

Posted by Emily Thornton

More and more companies are becoming aware of the need for detailed metrics to track supply chain performance, according to a recent study done by the Georgia Southern University and the University of Tennessee on issues in transportation and logistics.

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting

Visibility Year in Review 2009

Posted by Nathan Pieri

More and more companies are becoming aware of the need for detailed metrics to track supply chain performance, according to a recent study done by the Georgia Southern University and the University of Tennessee on issues in transportation and logistics.

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Topics: Performance Management Reporting, Supply Chain Visibility