Supply Chain Visibility Win: Quality is in the ‘Sole’ for this Footwear Company

Posted by Paris Riley

Manufacturing can be a risky business. In fact, Whirlpool is currently facing a possible product recall of up to one million dryers due to a defect. What if there was a way to improve quality control in product testing and reduce defect rates at the same time? One leading footwear manufacturer has been making shoes since the late 1800s, but struggled with an 8% product defect rate for years before implementing Amber Road.

Their high defect rate mainly stemmed from a lack of visibility into their supply chain and a disparate supplier base. Amber Road's supply chain collaboration platform enabled this major footwear manufacturer to improve quality and visibility in their supply chain, leading to a significant reduction of claims and defect rates and ultimately reduced risk.

Amber Road’s new Customer Value Summary, Quality is in the ‘Sole’ for this Footwear Company, details their triumphant fight against high defect rates and for greater supply chain agility.

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Topics: Quality Control Inspection, Risk and Quality Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Product Testing

Product Testing Keeps Santa from Going Up In Flames

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…

I have everything in place for a wonderful morning of holiday gift-giving and memories to be made.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

So I settle down with a mug of warm cocoa, light the log in the fireplace, and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the holiday.   

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Product Testing, Quality Control Inspection

CPSC Doesn’t Toy Around with Safety

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Most of us are familiar with the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and the work they do to protect consumers. Recently we’ve heard a great deal about safety recalls for air bags, mobile phones and hover boards – all of these with life-threatening concerns for consumers.  As manufacturers and importers, it is your responsibility to ensure every product meets the most current standards for product testing; an often difficult task given the mounting additions to the current federal and state regulations.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Product Testing, Quality Control Inspection

Upcoming Webinar: Risk Mitigation

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Supply chain risk comes in various forms - geopolitical, cyber security, and natural disasters (just to name a few). So, how can you prevent these risks from becoming major supply chain disruptions?

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Quality Control Inspection

Testing Tinkertoys, Tonka Trucks, Teddy Bears, and Toy Chests: New ASTM Criteria Unifies Global Standards

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Toy sales in the United States have shown robust growth figures in the last decade. Much of it is spurred by syndicated toy products from movies released to coincide with the Christmas season, drawing kids to add them to Santa’s list. According to The NPD Group, US toy sales increased 6.7 percent to $19.4 billion in 2015, topping the firm's estimate of 6.2 percent growth.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Product Testing, Production Management, Quality Control Inspection

Upcoming Webinar: Is Your Cargo Secure?

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Cargo theft and security remains top of mind for supply chain executives. Although violent thefts are falling, reports of “fictitious pickups” are growing rapidly.

Please join us for a complimentary Supply & Demand Chain Executive webinar entitled Cargo Theft & Security: The Current Risks, The Best Defense, broadcasting live on Wednesday, September 14 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Facility Compliance, Quality Control Inspection

The "-abilities" of Global Trade Management: Product Traceability

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Product traceability has become a critical aspect of supply chains and global trade; with definitions that run the gamut depending on the industry or phase in the product lifecycle.  Product traceability may be both a regulatory and environmental issue.  Retailers want to ensure they provide their customers with as much supply chain visibility into sourcing operations, including where their products are manufactured and if those factories maintain safe working conditions, pay workers a fair wage, and use methods that do not damage the environment. Likewise, product testing laws continue to increase in complexity. Traceability is a requirement for many import and export controls, as demonstrated by these regulations:

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Product Testing, Global Sourcing, Production Tracking, Quality Control Inspection

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