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

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: Trade Compliance, Risk and Quality Management, 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: Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management, 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, Risk and Quality Management, Product Management

Preventing Risk from Sinking Your Supply Chain

Posted by Nick Fabretti

Global trade compliance risks are not always easy to identify and don't manifest in only one area of the supply chain. Also, if you are not preparing your organization to address them, you can expose your company to irreparable damage. 

As an exporter, being aware of those risks is the first step in learning how to manage them.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management

Gartner Supply Chain Conference: ACTing On A Digital Future

Posted by Julia Gorman

In the face of a disruptive world, companies are ever-more empowered to transform their global supply chains. In the multi-faceted climate of global trade, organizational survival relies on the ability to effectively anticipate, adjust, and alter supply chains to maintain a reputation of reliability and high performance. This expectation makes flexibility, agility, coordination, and speed vital components to the life blood of any global organization.

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Topics: Global Supply Chain, Risk and Quality Management

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

Sporting Goods Retailer Takes Safety and Product Testing to New Level

Posted by Joseph 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