EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement Underlines Environmental and Social Considerations

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

One indicator of the impact climate change is making on Vietnam is the migratory shift of inhabitants from the agriculturally-rich Mekong Delta to urban areas. According to government statistics, more than 1.7 million residents have relocated out of the vast expanse of fields, rivers and canals over the last ten years. Natural disasters have vexed the regional farmers trying to make a living of rice, shrimp, and fruit production and harvesting for export. One in-depth study on migration in deltas revealed that climate factors such as extreme floods, cyclones, erosion, and land degradation play a role in making natural resource-based livelihoods more difficult, further encouraging inhabitants to migrate.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Facility Compliance, Supplier & Product Traceability, Free Trade Agreements

Why Does Product Testing Matter?

Posted by Kelsey Barker

As protectionism continues to rise across the world, the chance of having your goods stopped at the border increases as well. There are volumes of legal documentation and a corps of agents enforcing regulations in each country all over the word. These rules are in place for many reasons: protecting against terrorism, consumer safety, balancing trade, and generating revenue, to name a few. 

In particular, a lack of testing and certification that should occur well before the goods are shipped often leads to improper or incomplete documentation and can cause shipment delays.

Amber Road's eBook, Stopped at the Border: Why Product Testing Matters, explores how to combat border delays through rigorous product testing.

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Topics: Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk

Posted by David Hamilton

Supply chains have become increasingly multifaceted in recent years with more inbound and outbound borders, an increase in transportation routes and carriers, and seemingly endless changes to government regulations. At the same time, supply chain executives are challenged with confronting the accompanying risk and uncertainty with suppliers, products, cross-border regulations, and brand reputation. Potential disruptions in these areas create vulnerabilities in your supply chain, making it imperative to implement the best risk management tools and strategies.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Global Supply Chain

Warning! Prop 65 Requires Vendor Compliance Beyond CA Borders

Posted by Julia Gorman

CA Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a major concern for brands that will heavily influence California’s consumer product regulations. All manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that sell or distribute consumer products in California will be required to comply with the state’s new warning requirement regulations—meaning your compliance with product testing standards has to extend beyond California borders.

These new regulations, implemented under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, are intended to manage liability risks by requiring warnings on products and premises that can potentially expose consumers to any of the 900+ specified chemicals. The new regulations will come into effect on August 30, 2018, making a risk and quality management solution increasingly important for your organization.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Supplier & Product Traceability

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

North Korea Trade Sanctions Affect Social Compliance

Posted by Julia Gorman

Social Responsibility Team, Meet Trade Compliance Team

Not that the two teams haven’t talked in the past, but generally social compliance and customs compliance aren’t sitting in meetings together. However, with the recent enforcement of North Korean sanctions, the social and trade compliance teams can expect to spend a lot more time working together.

On August 2, 2017, provisions were made to the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (P.L. 115-44) prohibiting the entry of any merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part by North Korean nationals or citizens into the United States. It is ever more critical that US importers are fully aware of their compliance responsibilities, the risks associated with forced labor, and have the necessary systems in place to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Trade Compliance, Facility Compliance

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

Plastic Lions, Tigers, and Bears - OH MY!

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

There’s a slew of new regulatory requirements on the horizon that will keep production and supply chain managers up at night on how to effectively manage them.

It isn’t often that government agencies reduce the burden on manufacturers, but during an October 18th meeting the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) altered the current ruling requiring third-party testing of seven plastics sometimes found in children’s toys and child care products. 

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Topics: Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management

Compliance Issues in the Footwear Industry Uncover the Need for Risk Management Solutions

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Supply chains are becoming highly sophisticated and vital to attaining a competitive advantage for many companies. But as manufacturers look to expand across borders, the global nature also makes them increasingly vulnerable to a variety of risks.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Facility Compliance

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

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