An Audit Isn't the Time to Think About SOPs

Posted by Paris Riley on May 3, 2019

Imagine this: your company is being audited and as a part of the audit process you're asked to provide your standard operating procedures (SOP). Uh oh, you think, as you realize your manuals haven't been updated in years a major compliance issue.

This unfortunately is a very common scenario for compliance managers and it's a time when many realize their written and documented SOPs are severely lacking or non-existent. In the midst of an audit is not the time you want to start thinking about your SOPs and manuals. 

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Topics: Export Compliance, Trade Compliance

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

Posted by Devon Miller on October 9, 2018

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

Meet Our Captain of Compliance: Bethany Nelson

Posted by Lacey Pierce on October 4, 2018

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 Management, Export Compliance, Trade Compliance

Video: Trade Compliance On-Demand for Growing Companies

Posted by Tiffany Gourdin on August 9, 2018

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: Export Compliance, Trade Compliance

Trade Compliance Needs More Attention

Posted by Colleen Bush on September 14, 2016

The value of world exports has increased by nearly five times in the 18 years from 1993 to 2011, according to the World Trade Organization. Exports in 1993 were $ 3,676 billion; rising to $17,816 billion in 2011. There are many factors driving this dramatic rise in exporting. They include lower sourcing and production costs in some developing countries and rising consumption in growing economies. This leads supply chain executives to consider new sourcing and distribution models and then to reexamine and optimize those network models on a more regular basis to balance cost and opportunity.

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Topics: Trade Compliance

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