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

Order Collaboration Yields ROI for Leading Apparel Manufacturer

Posted by Mandy Hyde

A key challenge plaguing global manufacturers is a lack of overall visibility into their production management and purchase order (PO) lifecycle, as well as a loss of sight into shipment tracking. This sore spot has been aggravated as consumers demand more information regarding their orders (and also want them delivered yesterday). This leading manufacturer of top-tier athletic apparel and footwear suffered intensely from these challenges, which ultimately led to a loss of end-to-end visibility within their supply chain.

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Topics: Product Management, Order Collaboration

What is Global Sourcing?

Posted by Joseph Gabro

An entire article answering a simple question – how preposterous, right? While this question could usually be answered in a sentence or two, the current global trade landscape makes it a bit more difficult for everyone to understand. Sourcing executives are now, more than ever, struggling to balance quality and speed with the ever-changing trade regulations, global competition, and general uncertainty in trade.

Business Dictionary defines global sourcing as, “A procurement strategy in which a business seeks to find the most cost-efficient location for manufacturing a product, even if the location is in a foreign country.” But is it really that simple? And how can you master it in 2018 and beyond?

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Sourcing Optimization, Supplier Management, Product Management, Sample & Costing Management

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, Sourcing Optimization, Supplier Management, Product Management

Why Multi-Tier Supplier Collaboration Is More Important Now

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Real-time visibility into your global suppliers is no longer a pipe dream. Market leaders in every industry segment have visibility not just into their important tier 1 suppliers, but also a limited cross-section of their tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers as well. Enterprise-class technology solutions that offer flexibility and visibility at every step are a required part of every agile company’s playbook to stay ahead of the game in 2017 and beyond.

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Topics: Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Product Management, Risk and Quality 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: Production Management, Production Tracking, Global Sourcing, Product Management

Webinar: Dick’s Sporting Goods Goes to the Source

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Organizations that successfully align with their key suppliers enjoy reduced risk factors and improved innovation, quality, reliability, supplier visibility, and cost reductions. Both sides of the business can achieve greater value, which is difficult to achieve if operating independently.

Amber Road customer Dick’s Sporting Goods 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.

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Topics: Supplier Management, Supplier Solicitation Campaigns, Global Sourcing, Production Management, Apparel, Retail, Product Management

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