Kelly Wols: The Story of a Compliance Superhero

Posted by Lacey Pierce

We are happy to announce that Kelly Wols is our Compliance Professional Spotlight this week! Kelly shows her passion for trade compliance in everything she does, from her ISO Certification to her Degree in Business Management. Kelly is a Compliance Superhero whose special power is understanding all things in regards to customs compliance!

She currently works at Osterman & Company as their Customs Compliance Manager where she has encouraged her team to automate their compliance procedures by leveraging Amber Road Export On-Demand. Over the past two years, she helped upgrade their compliance efforts to maintain current in today’s turbulent economy and to increase the overall efficiency of the team.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Export Management, Restricted Party Screening

Wichita State University and University of Kansas Follow the Amber (brick) Road

Posted by Devon Miller

Ah, the classic 'Wizard of Oz'. A movie, rich in lessons learned, by a young girl named Dorothy from Kansas. In the state of Kansas, learning and education is revered- one in three Kansas residents over 25 has at least a bachelor’s degree, and 74,000 students are attending one of the many state universities.

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Topics: Trade Compliance, Export Management, Restricted Party Screening, Export Compliance

Meet Our Captain of Compliance: Bethany Nelson

Posted by Lacey Pierce

In honor of National Compliance Officer Day, Amber Road will be recognizing one compliance officer weekly from October 3rd through November 4th. With all of the changes in trade agreements, product testing and ethical sourcing standards, maintaining compliance in any part of your supply chain is becoming increasingly more difficult. We believe in the magic that compliance professionals bring to their company. Therefore, we are spotlighting Bethany Nelson, the Export Control Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bethany is a self-proclaimed “nerd” when it comes to compliance! Over the past 5 years, she’s helped UW-Madison’s Export Control Office grow into a more robust program, through dedicated outreach and education programs. Bethany has done this under the leadership of Tom Demke, the UW-Madison’s Export Control Officer. They ensure the University’s compliance with relevant federal regulations through hard work and dedicated effort.

Before she helped build UW-Madison’s Export Control Program, she earned a B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee but decided that quantum mechanics and black holes were just too pedestrian a field and got a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Export Management, Trade Compliance

Your Questions Answered - University Compliance Screening Survey Webinar

Posted by Devon Miller

Universities and research institutions are required to comply with the same import and export regulations as companies that conduct global trade. In many instances, the staff and educators are unknowingly violating trade laws that could result in heavy fines or imprisonment.

Last month, Amber Road hosted the University Compliance Survey Results: Screening is Up! webinar. This webinar explored The Annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey results of 70+ universities and research institutions along with the methodology, observations and considerations pertinent to compliance. The presenters included:

  • Bethany Nelson, Export Control Coordinator and survey author at the Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Gary Barraco, Global Product Marketing Director At Amber Road


We will be sharing the webinar recording soon, but in the meantime both of our presenters answered several important questions from viewers. Here is a preview into the Q&A portion of the webinar:

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Topics: Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

Webinar: How Does Your University Compliance Program Fare Against 70 Others?

Posted by Tiffany Gourdin

Being an export compliance officer for a major research program is not easy. Increased enforcement from various government agencies coupled with constant talk (..and action) of regulatory changes and updates to restricted party lists will keep you on your toes. Add to that the fact that being the compliance captain isn’t always a fun task (unless you are Captain Compliance that is…)

There are multiple factors involved in creating and maintaining an export compliance program in a research setting. Do you screen purchases before, after, a mix of both? Does that vary based on the purchase type? Do you screen all visitors, or just those coming for a conference?

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WTO-ICC Small Business Champions Initiative

Posted by Courtney Correll

The WTO-ICC Small Business Champions Initiative has been created by the World Trade Organization and International Chamber of Commerce in order to encourage companies to propose innovative, but practical ideas for mid-market enterprises to engage in more international trade. This initiative was specifically designed to provide a platform for smaller businesses to become aware of their potential global markets and further use this knowledge to gain resources and technology that will help them trade internationally. The WTO-ICC Small Business Champions Initiative is asking for large enterprises and private-sector organizations to design proposals that will help level out the playing field between mid-market and larger, more established companies, as well as highlight various success stories and sharpen international trading skills.

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Topics: Global Trade Content, GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management, Global Trade Management Software

Video: Trade Compliance On-Demand for Growing Companies

Posted by Tiffany Gourdin

Navigating the rules of global trade management is just plain tough nowadays. We have entered an era of constantly changing regulations, discussion of (more) tariff wars, decentralized data across a number of providers, and of (too) many manual processes to manage our businesses. As a business owner, you need to export your products to grow your market - but all of this complexity and change increases your export compliance risk profile. 


So the question is… at what point should you leverage technology to handle your global trade processes? Furthermore, where can you find technology that is “right-sized” for your level of exporting as a growing business?

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Topics: Trade Compliance, Export Compliance

Export Compliance for Higher Education and Research Groups

Posted by Joseph Gabro

Companies conducting global trade are well aware of the need to properly address import and export regulations. But often less-known is the requirement for universities and research institutions to also comply with these often complex and thorny rules. And there are so many touch points that leave higher education organizations exposed to potential violations; often the staff and educators don’t realize they are violating trade laws that could lead to heavy fines or imprisonment. That's where Amber Road comes in!

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening, ITAR Compliance

Webinar Q&A: University Export Compliance: Protecting Against Risk

Posted by Courtney Correll

Last month, Amber Road hosted a webinar titled, University Export Compliance: Protecting Against Risk. The presenters included:

  • Tanta Myles, University of Alabama
  • Steve Swanson, Amber Road
  • Scott Parker, Amber Road

Colleges, universities, and research institutions are continuously challenged with maintaining a proper and efficient export compliance program, facing substantial risks if they do not adhere. This webinar highlights our new product, the University & Research Institution edition of Export-on-Demand, which simplifies the entire export compliance process, minimizing risk and protecting regulations. If you would like more information about this solution, check out our press release!

Our presenters provided insightful answers to various questions they received throughout the webinar. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

Upcoming Webinar: Hear How Univ. of Alabama is Protected Against Export Risk!

Posted by Joseph Gabro

If you haven't heard by now, Amber Road just released Export On-Demand University & Research Edition, a platform specifically designed for higher education and research institutions' export compliance. The risks for universities are substantial these days: major fines, imprisonment, loss of funding for projects, and a damaged reputation to name a few. The challenge is…how can one focused on ground-breaking research find the easiest way to ensure the highest level of export compliance? There are just not enough hours in the day, or so it seems.

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Topics: Export Management, Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

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