Archive for Global Trade Management – Page 3

Kichler Lighting’s Bright Idea Leads to Low-Cost Cross-Border Shipments

Kichler Lighting is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, markets and distributes lighting solutions. Kichler does not sell directly to consumers. While the company does sell products through the large home improvement retailers, the bulk of its products are distributed to other retail customers, such as showrooms, electrical distributors, landscape lighting distributors, and catalogue and online retailers. In the US and Canada, the company fulfills orders out of three distribution centers (DCs) located in Las […]

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Leggett & Platt: Trade Compliance Lifecycle Management

What would a Global Trade Management (GTM) solution that took a lifecycle approach to trade compliance look like? John Wainwright, the Vice President of Customs Compliance at Leggett & Platt, has an insightful answer to this question: Trade compliance processes should mirror a customs audit. Leggett & Platt (L&P) is a global, diversified manufacturer of engineered components made mostly from steel. Even if you are not familiar with L&P, chances are you are sleeping on […]

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IBM’s Solution for Global Trade Management

IBM’s global trade operations are massive in scale and scope.  The company conducts business in 170 countries and moves about $25 billion worth of goods across borders.  It ships about 2 billion pounds of goods per year globally (78,000 products with 2 million configurations) which translates into 500,000 customs declarations annually.  IBM also conducts cross border consulting which can be subject to export regulations, including denied party screening, regulations focused on insuring that advanced technology […]

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Is it possible to accurately calculate Total Landed Costs?

There was a terrific article in this month’s Supply Chain Management Review by John Ferreira and Len Prokopets from Archstone Consulting (“Does offshoring still make sense?”).  The article highlights some key findings from a survey Archstone and SCMR conducted with thirty-nine senior executives from U.S. and European manufacturing companies.  Among the interesting points highlighted in the article: North American manufacturers sourcing from China perceived that their savings would be in the 25 to 40 percent […]

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