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How Confidence in a Reliable Supply Stream Creates Healthy Companies

One of the greatest supply chain challenges that companies face is to reliably and profitably meet global demand. Outsourced manufacturing, lengthy global supply chains, a large number of suppliers, and volatile demand all create an environment where supply chain decision-makers worry that they can't deliver on promises they've made.

But companies with a strong assurance of supply program have confidence in their ability to fulfill demand. They're able to make dynamic, data-driven changes in the execution stage to counter disruption and volatility. These decisions are made possible by cloud-based supply chain technology.

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Many businesses that were previously unable to invest in China are now gaining access to the booming economy thanks to the eased market restrictions provided by the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (PFTZ).

Microsoft recently set up PFTZ operations in order to access a $13.4 billion video game market, making them the first company to sell video game consoles in China since a ban in 2002.

Are you ready to take advantage of the benefits the PFTZ offers, but unsure how to get started? This white paper provides an overview of the PFTZ, including:

  • Trade facilitation changes from Customs and China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ)
  • How your global supply chain and compliance operations are impacted 
  • Amber Road's CTM solution as the enabler to take advantage of the new reform measures

Download this white paper to learn how you can attain the benefits offered by the Shanghai PFTZ!

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Due to its robust economy and status as a global manufacturing powerhouse, it’s no surprise that over 77% of companies are operating in China. However, the vast majority of these companies are unable to successfully navigate China’s complex trade environment, characterized by ever changing trade regulations that vary by region.

This brand new report from the Aberdeen Group, China Trade Operations: Trends and Advancements, provides in-depth insights into the complexities of China trade operations, and explains how a China Trade Management (CTM) solution can help companies:

  • Evaluate and optimize trade operations across General and Processing Trade
  • Take advantage of duty deferral and reduction regimes
  • Improve operational efficiency

Learn how you can improve end-to-end efficiencies with a CTM solution - download your complimentary copy today!

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The JOC’s Port Productivity whitepaper provides global rankings of key terminals and ports in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia. The dataset behind this whitepaper consists of over 150,000 vessel calls during 2013, inclusive of 771 terminals operating at 483 global ports worldwide.

The JOC’s newest whitepaper, BERTH PRODUCTIVITY, The Trends, Outlook and Market Forces Impacting Ship Turnaround Times highlights the following rankings:

  • Top 20 Global Ports
  • Port Productivity by Ship Size
  • Top 10 Global Ports by Region
  • Top Global Terminals By Region

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The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS that is then enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources. The lists are restricted to shippers — beneficial cargo owners of containerized cargo that entered or exited U.S. ports by ocean vessel during 2013. These rankings represent our best approximation of the total international oceanborne shipments by these companies and their subsidiaries.

In addition to our annual ranking of top U.S. importers and exporters, this whitepaper provides expert analysis on the market forces impacting beneficial cargo owners and transportation providers, including:

  • Contract negotiations between the ILWU and west coast ports
  • The introduction of post-Panamax ships to U.S. trade lanes
  • The impact of the recent service contracting season on container rates
  • And more!

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With 85% of companies engaged in overseas operations, changes in labor rates and fluctuating fuel prices can have a major impact on profits and the global economy. That’s why it’s no surprise that over 76% of companies are reassessing their inbound supply-demand network to consider Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs).

This brand new report from the Aberdeen Group, Advancing Global Trade: Foreign Trade Zone Solutions Revealed, highlights the rising importance of cross-border trade, reshoring, and FTZ solutions in today’s global supply chain. Key themes include:

  • The strong correlation between FTA/FTZ automation and superior supply chain performance
  • Mission-critical features and functions required of an FTZ solution
  • Five key process steps you should take to join the FTZ leader ranks

Learn how you can achieve superior supply chain performance with an FTZ solution – download your complimentary copy today!

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The food industry has made great strides in bringing perishable goods from the West Coast to East Coast markets in a safe and timely fashion. Yet even with today’s network of refrigerated rail cars, trucks, and intermodal containers, shippers of fresh produce, frozen foods, temperature-sensitive liquids, and other perishable goods face numerous hurdles to ensure that their products arrive on time, unspoiled, and with adequate remaining shelf life. Read Railex's whitepaper that will help guide you through the options. Learn the pitfalls and the opportunities that you must consider to ship your product safely and effectively.


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Five ways the technology of tomorrow is shaping business today

Con-way Multimodal launches a Twitter application called Tweet-load to match carriers with available freight, while a Dutch designer conceptualizes the world’s first intelligent highway equipped with groundbreaking technology that allows electric cars to charge in motion.

3D printing technology for prototyping and manufacturing products has already taken hold with printers able to turn out aerospace parts, customized food products and even human tissue.

Revolutionary new methods of automation, communication and collaboration are set to transform the supply chain, customer service and operational effectiveness as we know it.

This whitepaper aims to shake up your thinking and put you one step ahead of what’s trending in order to keep your business relevant. Five areas have been identified to give you the roadmap that will carry your supply chain strategy into the future.

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According to a recent Zurich Insurance Group survey, 73% of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2012, with unplanned IT or telecom outages the lead culprits. And, in 2012, global supply chain crime amounted to $21.5 billion in losses.

As supply chain complexity increases, addressing all of the risks that make your supply chain vulnerable is impossible without the proper tools and support. Why? Today’s supply chains go beyond just cargo: they include critical infrastructure such as power grids, communications, IT, assets and service.

This combined with the demand for low-cost supply chain logistics and transportation, and the need for greater supply chain efficiency, can lead to inconsistently enforced security procedures and a supply chain less flexible to stresses and disruptions.

Learning how to effectively protect and manage your supply chains via automation, and productively respond to stresses, can yield important benefits. 

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According to a study released by Brookings Institution, significant trade reforms are needed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) benefit from the Internet as a platform for e-commerce and international trade.  

The study by Joshua Meltzer, Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution, cites a host of global barriers critical to the movement of goods and services transacted online.  Key cites a host of global barriers critical to the movement of goods and services transacted online.  Key recommendations include:   

·  Reforming customs procedures

·  Raising the de minimis level on goods of low value

·  Allowing the free flow of data across borders

·  Securing an international payment system and method for dispute settlement

·  Ensuring a level playing field to allow for competitive international delivery services


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Companies are looking for ways to make their supply chains more efficient, cost-effective, and competitive. More suppliers and partners are involved in the inbound supply chain than ever, and manual processes are becoming too complicated to continue. Risk and volatility is driving up transportation spend, landed costs, and expenses related to supply chain disruption as companies struggle to become agile in an environment that demands it.

The companies that are gaining a competitive edge are the ones investing in technology that can greatly improve inbound visibility and best address the current challenges in the market. They’re using systems that provide end-to-end visibility into inventory and supply chain activity across the globe.

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Supply chain optimization is a business imperative in today’s global marketplace. Crafting a strategy to streamline operations throughout each line of business is essential to maintain a competitive advantage. However, certain factors create volatility in businesses reliant on supply chain operations. In a recent IBM report 1,400 top supply chain executives highlighted challenges that contribute to supply chain complexities and vulnerabilities. One challenge noted in particular was visibility, which is the ability to effectively capture information and deliver it to the right people. Even though there is more information than ever, “supply chain officers still struggle to ‘see’ and act on the right information”. However, with the emergence of the mobile communication app, having a fully interconnected supply chain can now be easily achieved.

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While this year’s corn and wheat harvest are expected to reach record levels, a small but growing number of agriculture producers looking to take advantage of containerized exports face the perennial problem of equipment shortages because their crops are grown in rural areas that aren’t major destinations for import containers that can be used for exports.

U.S. Agriculture Exports: Opportunities and Challenges for Containerized Shippers was designed to give agriculture producers, food companies, and those servicing the agricultural supply chain, insight into how companies like Maersk, BNSF, Archer Daniels Midland, and Home Depot are looking to help ease these shortages through “import-steering” or “match-back’ programs.

Learn how these efforts are impacting the U.S. supply chain -- Download this whitepaper today!

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This report on China will provide a broad but comprehensive view of the logistics challenges facing foreign firms in China these days. After looking at the changing landscape of opportunities in China -- new regions; more focus on consumers -- the report will analyze the multiple challenges of managing logistics effectively: The weaknesses in the country's infrastructure; the complex regulatory challenges -- including customs and trade compliance regulations that differ from location to location. 

Finally, emerging best practices by leading foreign firms in China -- what are they doing right, and how can other firms profit from the lessons they have learned.

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Globalization puts forward opportunities to companies of any size who can effectively provide or source products and services in dynamic markets. Review our white paper and learn:

  • How to gain a competitive advantage through global transportation logistics
  • Factors that influence international shipments
  • Five characteristics of a global TMS and why companies worldwide should consider TMS technology

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There is a renewal of interest in the financial elements of supply chain management today. Businesses are using agile, cloud-based technology to optimize working capital and glean liquidity from improvements in supply chain activities.

Managers previously immersed in day-to-day operations are beginning to see their role in working capital management take on a new form. They are inspecting the different components of the cash conversion cycle and finding ways to free up cash in the supply chain – a responsibility once reserved for the CFO.

In a rapidly changing global trade environment, organizations must use cash wisely while remaining open to investments that support long-term prosperity – in technology, people, and infrastructure.

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While many organizations see trade compliance as a cost of doing business, automating compliance can actually result in a potential source of revenue. In fact, companies that automated their trade compliance program can realize productivity savings of up to 90%.

Amber Road’s white paper, The ROI of Automating Trade Compliance, examines how automating trade compliance can yield notable returns on investment, while also addressing the challenges faced by compliance professionals. Key benefits from automation include:

  • Handling more transactions with the same or fewer staff
  • Reducing forwarder fees by 20-30%
  • Capturing duty drawback savings
  • Reducing errors that could result in penalties
  • Enhancing visibility and control

Find out how your organization can build a business case for automating trade compliance- download the white paper today!

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The JOC Port Productivity whitepaper provides the first global rankings of terminals and ports in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia.  Five years in development, the dataset behind this whitepaper consists of over 100,000 vessel calls during 2012, inclusive of 600 terminals operating at 400 global ports worldwide.

The JOC’s newest whitepaper, JOC Port Productivity, Key findings on terminal productivity performance across ports, countries and regions highlights the following rankings:

  •         Port Productivity: Top 10 Transshipment ports globally
  •         Port Productivity by ship size
  •         Top 20 Ports per region
  •         Top 20 Terminals per region

Download your copy of the JOC Port Productivity Whitepaper today.

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This paper describes the types of natural and man-made disasters that can wipe out the efficiency and profitability of a supply chain and how to handle them using cloud technology. It's based off two studies from the WEF that are cited in the paper. The premise is that yes, disaster happen, but these 5 strategies can mitigate risk. Strategies include building a trusted network, collaborative data sharing and communication, assessing risk, and continuous improvement -- all with the aid of cloud technology.

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Increasing supply chain visibility is a critical strategy for reducing costs and improving operational performance. This is reflected in a recent AberdeenGroup study, which found that 63% of respondents place a high priority on improving visibility into their increasingly complex global supply chains.

AberdeenGroup’s newest report, Supply Chain Visibility: A Critical Strategy to Optimize Cost and Service, identifies key strategies across the following areas:

  • Product and shipment visibility
  • Transport and logistics events
  • Supply chain finance and intelligence
  • Dynamic and collaborative processes

 Find out how you can achieve improvements in revenue and profit margins through increased visibility – download the report today!