Sporting Goods Retailer Takes Safety and Product Testing to New Level

Posted by Joe Gabro

In today's complex and dynamic regulatory environment, retailers must leverage technology and best practices to address costly product safety and compliance risks. Real time visibility and reporting are essential components in preventing disruptions throughout the entire product development lifecycle. However, what happens if your data becomes scattered and is not integrated into a primary supply chain management solution?

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Topics: Retail, Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management

Amber Road to Discuss Enabling Retail for e-Commerce at the RILA Supply Chain Conference

Posted by Mollie Leon

The retail industry was an early adopter of low-cost sourcing strategies. Most retailers are now also looking to improve the efficiency of their import operations to reduce cash-to-cash cycles and lower total delivered costs. They have always faced long lead times and variability, but these issues are magnified given the proliferation of products and the global effect of natural disasters on supply chains.

Amber Road is excited to sponsor and speak at the RILA Supply Chain Conference from February 12 – 15 in Orlando, Florida. This conference will focus on the latest industry trends and technologies in transportation, distribution, international logistics & sourcing, supply chain planning software, omnichannel, and much more! 

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Topics: Retail, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility

Santa Replaces Reindeer-Based Visibility System to Tackle Cross-Border elf-Commerce

Posted by Kelsey Barker

The original pioneer in cross-border elf-Commerce, North Pole Industries (NPI) has had to adapt with the times just like any other retailer. The key, Santa says, is investing in technology and making process changes in advance of the holiday season.

“We needed to brace ourselves against disrupters that could send our supply chain into a tailspin the night before Christmas,” says Santa, Chief Executive Elf of NPI.

To that end, NPI has worked to automate and track nearly all of its global trade operations with Amber Road’s Trade Automation solution suite. The first step was the most crucial in a deadline-based industry: automating NPI’s trade compliance processes to ensure that Santa’s sleigh doesn’t get caught up in Customs on its way to chimneys around the world. Amber Road’s Restricted Party Screening tool, backed up by its extensive Global Knowledge® database, guarantees that only good little girls and boys are on the approved toy recipients list.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Free Trade Agreements, Global Supply Chain, Trade Compliance

2017: Bracing for Instability in Global Trade

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Global supply chains have been pulled tight, contracted, and at times broken during 2016. As we move into 2017, global trade management executives need to brace against disrupters that have the potential to send your supply chain into a tailspin: What will US trade policy look like? How can my supply chain handle new security risks? What, if anything, will happen to the TPP?

Join Amber Road's Global Trade Academy for our webinar, 2017: Bracing for Instability in Global Trade, on Wednesday, December 7, at 2PM EST to hear thought leaders answer a few of these questions.

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Topics: Retail, Global Trade Content, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Free Trade Agreements, Global Supply Chain, Risk and Quality Management

What Really Drives Global Footwear eCommerce?

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Global business-to-consumer e-commerce is growing in leaps and bounds, not only in emerging markets where consumers can find it hard to access coveted and trending products locally, but also as a replacement to brick-and mortar shopping. However, global sales opportunities also present a challenge: to deliver a positive customer experience while combating high shipping fees, hidden costs, inaccurate duties, import and export regulations, and product restrictions.

At FDRA's Footwear Traffic and Distribution Conference in Huntington Beach, CA, next week, don't miss two great presentations by Gary Barraco, Director of Global Product Marketing at Amber Road.

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Topics: Retail, Supplier Management, Global Trade Content, Product Classification, Global Supply Chain

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

Amber Road to Discuss Global Sourcing Trends at the FDRA Footwear Forum

Posted by Mollie Leon

International retailers must keep pace with the changing dynamics in global sourcing so they remain agile, automated and aggressive in the marketplace. In fact, speed to market is the top concern for 58% of footwear brands and manufacturers. 

This month, Gary Barraco, Director of Global Product Marketing, will speak at the FDRA Footwear Forum in Portland, OR on August 18th. This forum will bring together the industry’s top footwear executives and distribution specialists in a one day workshop providing important information and updates on footwear customs, sourcing and compliance, product safety, and other issues.

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Topics: Retail, Supplier Management, Production Tracking

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

[On-Demand Webinar] Strengthening Retail Supply Chains – Supplier Management

Posted by Joe Gabro

This year, US retailers have been on a roller coaster ride of economic volatility. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released in May, imports of goods from February to March decreased by $7.9 billion. As a result, many brick-and-mortar stores closed due to cautionary consumer spending on goods such as toys, games, sporting goods, textile apparel and household items.

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Topics: Retail, Supplier Management, Global Trade Management, Global Supply Chain

Going to the Source:  Supplier Relationship (Micro-) Management

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Across the world, sourcing, supply chain, and global trade executives are under intense pressure to streamline their processes in order to stay ahead of the competition and keep their companies in the black. But let’s face it — it’s not easy in this environment: light-speed business, stringent compliance regulations, and consumer demand for more agility than a squirrel on a bird feeder.

Studies show the top organizations that have successfully aligned with their key suppliers have reduced risk factors and improved innovation, quality, reliability, and costs/price 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 SRM process, making it easy for sourcing executives to make quick, informed decisions about their suppliers.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Risk and Quality Management, Production Management