Global Logistics - It's A Wonderful Life

Posted by Stephanie Miles

Logistics and supply chain managers are partly responsible for the unfairly low profile that their operations have in the overall corporate structure. 

We need to talk about supply chain management - and, more specifically, the role of logistics within the supply chain - in a way that honors the far-reaching effect of those activities throughout a company's operations. On the one hand, there is still a lack of awareness in the boardroom; not surprising when you consider how rare it is, even now, to find a C-level logistics or supply chain exec there. But global logistics and supply chain managers, also, are partly responsible for the unfairly low profile their operations maintain within the corporate structure. In short, they fail to recognize their roles in the broader context.

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Topics: Transportation Management, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility, Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Visibility: Know Sooner, Act Now

Posted by Joe Gabro

Experiencing supply chain disruptions these days is like watching the butterfly effect at Mach speed. One delicate wing flap in any part of the process and the whole supply chain erupts into chaos across the globe. This year alone, supply chains are riddled with unexpected disruptions. In January 2016, analysts predicted big trade upticks but the forecasts fell short all year because global trade has been hit with multiple, unforeseen interruptions, sending importers and exporters scrambling to stay on course. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility, Data Quality Management

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

The Impact of Changing Technology on Supply Chain Management

Posted by Colleen Bush

From distribution centers to global trade, supply chain management relies heavily on an ever evolving suite of technologies that help increase efficiency and productivity. Bridget McCrea in her recent article for SupplyChain 247, Supply Chain Execution Software, took a deep dive into the various types of technology being employed and the driving market forces behind the critical role supply chain execution (SCE) software plays in supply chain processes.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

Quality is Stitched into the Supply Chain: A Vera Bradley Case Study

Posted by Colleen Bush

Vera Bradley is a leading designer of women's handbags, luggage and travel items, fashion and home accessories and unique gifts. Founded in 1982, the brand's innovative designs, iconic patterns and brilliant colors inspire and connect women unlike any other brand in the global marketplace. To ensure high quality products that continue to exceed customers' expectations, Vera Bradley leverages Amber Road’s Supply Chain Collaboration solutions.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Visibility, Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management, Production Management, Sample & Costing Management

American Shipper's 2016 Supply Chain Visibility Benchmark Report

Posted by Mollie Leon

For years, American Shipper has gauged how the shipping industry views supply chain visibility. But never before have they benchmarked this discipline in its own right; that time has come.

In their brand new report, A Clear View of Supply Chain: Visibility Benchmark Study, American Shipper examines how shippers get their visibility, what they do with it, its biggest benefits, and where it falls short. The report also includes perspective from logistics providers on the value of providing and consuming visibility. Highlights include:
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Topics: Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility, Data Quality Management

Forced Labor: Passé or Probable?

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Ask any social compliance or corporate governance executive about forced or slave labor and the response is always the same: “It is unacceptable in my supply chain.”  Yet the reality is most supply chains lack the transparency to identify and take action against suppliers who violate this policy. Even with increased regulations and growing pressure from consumers and NGOs, industries struggle to maintain compliance

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Topics: Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supplier Compliance Questionnaires, Global Supply Chain, Risk and Quality Management, Production Management

Webinar Q&A: How Abercrombie Deployed a Transloading Model

Posted by Joe Gabro

Last month, Supply & Demand Chain Executive broadcasted a webinar entitled, How Abercrombie Deployed a Transloading Model. Presenters included:

  • Chris Andrews, Director of International Logistics at Abercrombie
  • Sarah Jane Chapman, Manager of International Logistics at Abercrombie
  • Stephanie Miles, Senior Vice President of Commercial Services at Amber Road
  • Kevin Snelling, Senior Transportation Analyst at Abercrombie

Our presenters received several questions throughout the webinar and unfortunately did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Visibility, Shipment Preparation

Video Series Chapter 4: Logistics

Posted by Joe Gabro

Continued from Chapter 3: Risk & Quality Management

Transporting goods internationally requires a carefully coordinated approach. Multiple hand-offs and responsibilities across borders and trading partners add both cost and complexity. If you don’t have the right processes in place (and the tools to support them), your bottom line will suffer.

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Topics: Rate Management, Contract & Rate Management, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Visibility

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