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Jennifer Saak

Export Controls: 5 Ways to Monitor Changing U.S. Regulations in the Coming Year

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Now is the time to think strategically about the new year.  How will you stay on top of dynamic export controls regulations and remain compliant?  As the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative continues, there are still some crucial pending changes that affect both companies and universities in research and technology.  These future updates include a clarification on the ITAR’s definition of “fundamental research” and the transition of certain items from the ITAR’s United States Munitions...
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Ten Supply-Chain Predictions for 2018

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By Global Trade A new report from the market research firm  IDC , “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Supply Chain 2018 Predictions,”  posits that  digital transformation  (DX) is the key overriding theme in IDC’s worldwide supply chain top 10 predictions for 2018, including the impact for supply chain planning, supply chain execution/fulfillment, and procurement and supply chain security. While the predictions largely focus on the near term to midterm (2017–2020), the impact of many of these predictions...
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Lisa M. Richman

Update on the NAFTA Renegotiations: What You Need to Know

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The cancellation of US involvement in the TPP, and its potential withdrawal from NAFTA have sparked considerable anxiety over the loss of protections and opportunities both investment treaties afford. But there are alternatives. The Trump Administration has proposed substantial changes to the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a multilateral trade and investment agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. During five rounds of negotiations, the representatives of the parties to...
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Your Transportation Management System Can Help Manage the Amazon Effect

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By 3Gtms Lots of supply chains are dealing with the  “Amazon effect,”  which has led consumers to demand lightning-fast (and free) delivery times, last-minute order changes, and 100 percent order accuracy. While initially seen as just a retail problem, these expectations have been extended to the B2B world as well. Managing the Amazon effect requires a host of solutions, but a  transportation management system (TMS)  is often overlooked. A TMS is critical for the execution...
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Simon Slyper

CTPAT 2018 Update

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At the 2017 Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Conference in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced plans to strengthen the existing “minimum security criteria (MSC) for the program and adding new criteria to reflect evolving security threats. The updated, modernized MSC will include the following: • Cybersecurity (elevated firewall performance, test affirmation of resistance to attempted hacking, etc.) • Prevention of money laundering • Emphasis on corporate responsibility of senior management...
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