Switzerland First Country to Lift Sanctions Against Iran

Posted by LizAnn Nealing

Earlier this month, Switzerland sent a strong international message by becoming the first county to lift sanctions on Iran. This comes as a result of the Iran nuclear deal announced in July 2015, although Switzerland was not directly involved with the deal itself. The United States is set to follow suit sometime in mid-to-late 2016, or possibly even later.

The decision was made by the Swiss Federal Council, which consists of seven people and is considered to be the governing body of Switzerland. There are several results of this ban being lifted, the first of which allows for the transaction of precious metals. Additionally, entities no longer have to report the transportation of Iranian crude oil, petroleum products and petrochemical products to the Swiss government. Finally, monetary transfer thresholds from Iranian nationals were increased tenfold as a result of these sanctions being lifted.

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

Girl Scouts Have Supply Chain Visibility Issues Too

Posted by LizAnn Nealing

The girl scouts have been in the cookie business since 1917, when they started creating their now-famous baked goods in a high school cafeteria. Their original goal was to make enough money to pay for their day-to-day activities, but over the past decade they have managed to grow the revenue from their products to over $700 million.

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

Congestion in West Coast Ports Causing Supply Chain Visibility Issues

Posted by LizAnn Nealing

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and waterfront employers are causing delays in west coast ports, wreaking havoc for countries all over the world, especially trading partners like Mexico, Japan, China and Canada.

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility

4 Supply Chain Visibility Truths to Consider for Your Business

Posted by LizAnn Nealing

As 2015 gets into full swing, you may be considering some changes for your business. If one of those changes is improving your supply chain visibility, consider implementing some or all of the following ideas:

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Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Data Quality Management

North Pole Industries Goes Live with Amber Road’s GTM Solutions

Posted by LizAnn Nealing

NORTH POLE, December 19, 2014 – North Pole Industries, a leading global provider of toys for good little girls and boys, has implemented Amber Road’s Global Trade Management suite for its worldwide distribution network.

Before signing with Amber Road, NPI had been using a combination of spreadsheets, wish lists, and a whole team of research elves to plan its supply chain.

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Topics: Export Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening, Order and Shipment Visibility

Cloud-Based Supply Chain Software Adoption Grows by 40% this Year

Posted by Colleen Bush

The demand for cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) applications has recently seen a drastic increase. In fact, Dwight Klappich, research vice president at Gartner, estimates that cloud-based adoption in the SCM sector grew 40% this year! According to Klappich, “applications that help shippers plan, source, make, and deliver their goods are leading the pack right now in the cloud.”

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

Ten Tips to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by Nathan Pieri

”Improving visibility” is often one of the top three priorities of supply chain executives to improve the performance of global operations. Here are ten tips to capture the benefit:

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