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The opportunities for synchronising supply chains between businesses and across borders are promising. But many businesses are struggling to integrate transport partners into their IT environment. The magazine reports about AEB's new white paper offering valuable information on this very subject. Titled “Five tips for IT-based collaboration with carriers and parcel services”, the white paper can be downloaded free of charge here.
Issues at loading docks have been the cause of conflicts between shippers and transport partners for a long time. It seems quite unnecessary today. With all the developments in streamlining supply chains, digitising businesses, and advancing autonomous driving, it seems completely inappropriate to lack visibility of incoming deliveries, incur truck waiting times, struggle with staffing, or experience traffic jams in the yard. Read the full article by Gursh Atwal.
The recent shipping line bankruptcy highlighted the importance of visibility in international supply chains. Unexpected scenarios, such as the Hanjin disaster, or a volcanic eruption or even a simple traffic delay, can lead to the loss of a client, a contract, or reputation. In his article, Gursh Atwal details steps aimed at avoiding major trouble and operating smooth supply chains in dynamic marketplaces.
The Panama Paper scandal is a reminder for companies to strutinise their compliance programmes. In this article, Claire Umney explains how complex organisational structures can represent a compliance nightmare, as shown by woefully inadequate checks made by Panama's Mossack Fonseca.
The Midlands Aerospace Association reports about Martin-Baker's decision to outsource previously self-managed IT processes. Safety and security are the number one priorities for the company, and with increasing regulatory requirements for global trade and export controls, Martin-Baker selected AEB as software partner to ensure efficiency and compliance now and in the future.
To support UK businesses in “future-proving” global trade
compliance programmes following the Brexit vote, AEB and CILT(UK) are
inviting industry professionals to their 7th Annual Compliance
Conference. The event features experts from government bodies,
professional associations, consultancies, and various industry sectors. Read more on Logistics Voices and sign up.
Autonomous driving has been all over the media lately, and unfortunately for all the wrong reasons: in May the first known fatality occurred in the US, during a drive on autopilot – with a car from Tesla Motors. Darren Travers explains why autonomous driving is still the right path to a safer future on the road.
BAE Systems has launched a major IT transformation project in its UK Military Air & Information (MAI) division and selected software solution provider AEB as its partner to standardise and optimise global trade management systems.
Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB (International), speaks to the journalist Marcele Nethersole about AEB – including products and services, what it means to be a member of ADS, how to add value for customers, plans for the future, and a typical day at work.
Experience has shown that export control functionalities are best managed with specialised programmes connected through standardised interfaces rather than directly in the ERP system itself. How is it possible to find out if an in-house ERP system is up to the task of export controls? The golden rule of export controls is “check before you ship” – and there are four key points that must be taken into consideration. Hannah Beckett explains more in her recent article.
Business models in today’s digital economy stake their future first and
foremost on availability and the use of data, anytime and everywhere,
and in real-time. This means that data and information now have an
actual value themselves. In this article, Darren Travers, Senior Account Manager at AEB, shares examples of latest technology advances in the area of intra logistics and beyond.
The Freight Business Journal reports about AEB's latest white paper titled "ERP systems vs. best-of-breed solutions in global trade and logistics", which is designed to help companies find the right software strategy for their supply chain. The paper includes a self-assessment test as practical orientation and looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both ERP systems and best-of-breed solutions in comparison.
Shippers typically do not maintain their own fleet of vehicles anymore. Outsourcing transport management has become a fixture in the portfolio of logistics managers. The process of calling for tenders and ultimately awarding a contract is generally a lengthy one. How to consolidate the required data? Who should be invited to pitch? Which carrier offers which spectrum of services, and who is strong on which routes? Read the full article to learn more.
Developments of 3D print technology over recent years have been fascinating and the areas of application still don’t cease to amaze. Darren Travers, Senior Account Manager at AEB, takes a closer look at not only the developing benefits of 3D print technology but also the associated regulatory risks and export control challenges.
During our recent event in partnership with CILT(UK), we asked over 50 delegates what they consider their greatest risk management challenges – now and in the future. Participating representatives from various UK industry sectors identified and assessed 12 key areas for compliance and risk management challenges in global supply chains. View the full report.
Cooperating closely with supply chain partners and working together to optimise workflows results in critical competitive advantages. This is the view of four out of five global trade and logistics experts (82.6%), according to latest research by AEB and the University DHBW in Stuttgart, Germany. This year’s study highlights “supply chain collaboration” and reflects responses from over 300 participants across various industry sectors. Read more.
Which duties and export controls apply largely depends on the way goods are classified. For many companies, this is a tedious and time-consuming task. But incorrect product classification can have serious consequences and error-minimising measures form a crucial part of risk management strategies. Iqubal Pannu, Senior Solutions Consultant at AEB, recommends to review current processes and general purchasing behaviour to increase efficiency and drive cost savings.
ERP systems are well established in areas such as finance, accounting, corporate governance, and human resources. Darren Travers, Senior Account Manager at AEB, takes a look at extended functionalities of ERP systems to identify if they can meet the complex demands of global trade and logistics. Despite ERP systems’ aim to deliver it all, their usability and efficiency may be unsuitable for companies looking to efficiently manage specialised areas like international supply chain management.
Claire Umney explains the meaning of digitisation, the Internet of Things, and Industry 4.0. Corporate supply chains are still far away from complete digitisation,
as the latest index that was published earlier this year in the UK shows. The reality is dominated by a mix of
electronic and paper-based processes, and organisational structures are
often characterised by functional and geographic silos that fail to
exchange information openly.
The direction of trade in Asia is shifting
dramatically as the balance of economic power is shifting from West to
This also applies to the logistics and transport sectors where opportunities await those willing to take a risk. What
do shippers and manufacturers have to do to take advantage of these
opportunities? And how will Indonesia proceed on its way to being a
The repeated telling of stories lends them some kind of credence. We’ve
heard it lots of times from lots of people, so it must be true. Well, not necessarily. Are there misconceptions about US export controls? Mark Brannan dispels (urban) myths and explains why US export controls are relevant to EU businesses.
Regulatory changes are an absolute term in the world of global trade compliance: the U.S. ECR is ongoing, the UCC's provisions will take effect next year, and global authorities confirm new sanctions all the time. AEB's conference "Shaping up for the future: Export control challenges now and beyond" provides a platform to learn about latest developments and engage in discussions on how developments can shape companies' future.
More and more enterprises are moving data and processes into the cloud
and using software as a service. Cloud providers are promoting
SaaS solutions to “revolutionise” business processes in areas such as
customs clearance, carrier selection, or supply chain visibility. But is
the cloud really a suitable environment for IT operating systems supporting
integral global business processes? Darren Travers reports.
Erema, an Austrian manufacturer of recycling systems, uses AEB software integrated directly in the SAP® system to accelerate the proper classification of its components, manage supplier’s declarations, and ensure compliance in its exports. Erema ships its systems with proofs of preferential origin, thereby securing the competitiveness of its exports.
Big Data is the catchword of the day. But at what point is big data
actually “big”? When is data analysis by conventional methods
sufficient, and when are big data methods really called for? Do supply chains really generate
“big data” that needs to be analysed? The answer to this question is clear: It depends. Darren Travers explains in this commentary.
Supply chain visibility - understood as the IT-supported management of all processes and information within the supply chain, from supplier to end customer - improves quality of services, controls impacts of disruptions, and lowers operating costs. But many businesses still struggle to approach the matter comprehensively. What’s the holdup? Iqubal Pannu explains in Logistics & Transport Focus.
Many companies who - prior to the reform - focused on dealing with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations that control the export and import of defence-related articles and services on the USML, now have to familiarise themselves with the Export Administration Regulations. Read the full article to understand what this involves.
Rosenberger, a leading global manufacturer of RF connectors, supplies big-name global players in the telecommunications, industrial measurement, automotive, medical technology, industrial electronics and data systems industries. AEB's software suite monitors shipments and ensures smooth workflows.
How can transport tenders be managed efficiently? How can
companies quickly and easily determine applicable shipping volumes?
And what’s the best way to compare tenders select the most suitable carrier? The answers can be found in AEB’s ASSIST4 Transport
& Freight Management software, which has been extended to
include features for tender management.
In a joint mission to increase awareness on obligations under the U.S. export control reform, AEB and the renowned law firm Covington offer a free two-day workshop taliored to companies in the aerospace and defense sector. It includes information on latest regulatory changes, the impacts on business operations, how to implement successful compliance programmes, and avoid regulatory violations.
After 15 years, Tudor Rose’s custom developed in-house system was struggling to support growing business volumes efficiently. The decision to upgrade the system landscape kicked off a major project, involving all business areas, from sales and procurement to operations and fulfilment. For both logistics execution and control, Tudor Rose selected AEB to implement an end-to-end SCM platform, including warehouse management, transport & freight management, time slot management and customs management.
The sharing economy and Industry 4.0: the two phenomena share a common origin – at least when it comes to the “Internet of Things” and the “always and everywhere on” mode. But what exactly is behind the sharing economy, and what are the identifiable or at least conceivable ramifications for logistics and the supply chain? Read the full commentary by Daniel Terner, Marketing Director at AEB.
AEB opened new offices in the Netherlands and Sweden to expand its presence and customer base in the Benelux markets and Scandinavia. The teams in Rotterdam and Malmö bring with them a wealth of experience in supply chain and global trade management. With a keen understanding of local conditions, they offer multinational companies a comprehensive service portfolio and support in implementing global trade and logistics solutions.
AEB is inviting SCM and GTM professionals across all industries to participate in a series of free webinars aimed at improving operational and regulatory efficiency. Online seminars run from February to November 2015. Participants can register without obligation here.
Stabilus is a manufacturer of gas springs headquartered in Koblenz, Germany. As a supplier to major automotive manufacturers, Stabilus must adhere to strict shipping standards. This and its own high quality standards are the motivation behind its zero error strategy in shipping. The ASSIST4 global trade and logistics suite has enabled the enterprise to streamline its shipping processes and steadily increase quality.
Premium Warehousing Ltd, a British warehousing and logistics handling provider, serves a wide range of clients including Carlsberg UK, John Lewis Weetabix and BMW. Implementing AEB’s solution EMCS||XPRESS resulted in faster processing of excise goods, increased efficiencies and cost reductions.
US law follows the goods, so to speak, so all companies dealing with US-sourced goods or technology are subject to its export controls, no matter where they are located. The US Export Control Reform (US ECR) brings about significant changes and Iqubal Pannu explains how some reforms present increasing opportunities for UK companies.
3D printing has been used by the automotive and aerospace industries for some time, but over the last few years, the technology has evolved at a rapid pace. Darren Travers, Senior Account Manager at AEB, explains how this technology will affect society as a whole and logistics in particular.
ASSIST4 Monitoring & Alerting facilitates efficient supply chain collaboration with newly added features. More transparency over the flow of goods in global supply chains is provided for, and a new alerting framework offers automated exchanges of information, messages and documents between all supply chain partners.
While traditional department stores complain about dropping sales, online textile sales continue to rise. One area of fashion logistics is particularly affected by the increase in online orders: return deliveries - which can be a decisive factor for customer satisfaction.
Hardly a week goes by without the EU adding the names of individuals or new sanctions to official embargo regulations. AEB’s recently released Compliance & Risk Management solution automates the export controls processes to ensure that exporters comply with export bans and licensing requirements.
What is the relevance of trade agreements in every day business? What are the efforts associated with these? What are the top priorities on global trade management agendas 2015? The research study by AEB and DHBW Stuttgart is looking into these – and other – questions. The survey can be accessed at www.aeb.com/gtm-study until September 19.
Massive quantities of data are being produced every day in global supply chains. The volume, variety, and velocity of this data are growing exponentially. The big data revolution is reshaping businesses today by making databases flow across networks. A 2013 study on supply chain trends found that 60% of surveyed supply chain executives plan to invest in big data analysis within the next five years.
AEB is inviting supply chain professionals to the next conference in partnership with CILT(UK) entitled "7 Habits of Highly Effective Compliance Programmes". It takes place on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 10am to 4pm at the Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa.
Supply chain technology trends are shaped by new business areas, outsourcing strategies, environmental impacts, globalisation, etc. as much as by new technologies, platforms and communication standards. Claire Umney highlights the importance of end-to-end systems to keep a competitive edge, and emphasises various areas including multichannel capabilities, visibility and inventory management.
The benefit of using software to manage export processes was the focus of the Aberdeen study ‘Globalisation: Linking Supply Chain Transformation to the Profit and Loss Statement’. It advises companies to take a closer look at three specific areas with great potential for efficiency gains: process automation, legal safeguards and in-house handling.
One of the key areas of a major restructuring project at EPCOS included the introduction of a new, standardised transport management system for 23 shipping centres around the world. AEB's software now ensures that customers and transport service providers are seamlessly integrated into the EPCOS logistics processes, resulting in shorter lead times, better performance and lower cost.
Multiple objectives must be balanced when optimising inventory. This includes capital investment, cash flow, meeting customer demand, supplying the production line, and supporting demand fluctuations. To react to market demand and supply chain disruptions, and to proactively plan resources, expansions and daily business, companies require visibility of what has happened, what is happening now, what is going to or likely to happen, and what possible alternatives there are.
Comprehensive technology support is crucial for forward-looking companies to keep a competitive edge in global trade. End-to-end SCM solutions provide a platform for smooth and compliant operations, smart and agile decision making to reach existing and new markets quickly, and visibility and flexibility to take key supply chain decisions promptly, as requirements and strategies change and problems arise.
What exactly is it that's driving supply chain professionals into the cloud? Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB (International) is taking a closer look at the current and expected use of cloud computing within the supply chain industry and provides insights on costs, system agility and risk management to identify whether the cloud business model is here to stay, or not. Read the full article to find out.
Hannah Beckett, Sales Manager, AEB (International) Ltd, looks at some of the current challenges associated with complying with various European and US export controls. Focusing on the topic of tangible and intangible goods subject to transfers by tangible or intangible means, and on how UK law differs from U.S. law, it becomes clear what complex challenges businesses face to ensure compliance.
Changing technology, demographics, consumer demand and infrastructure have led to unprecedented growth in global trade. Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB (International) Ltd, looks at latest developments and explains which tools and technologies are essential for businesses today to best benefit from recent years' - and upcoming - global trade growth.
Latest changes under the new UCC seem to present another opportunity for companies to gain a competitive advantage: businesses holding AEO status will have a number of advantages over businesses that don’t, including fewer customs inspections. Iqubal Pannu explains why risk management programmes deliver far more advantages than just supply chain security.
The U.S. Export Control Reform has highlighted to many previously unaware UK businesses that U.S. export control laws may apply to them and their business transactions. Legal consequences of violations are severe, and companies are well advised to understand their obligations and implement according measures. This article dispels myths, and guides through challenges and solutions.
Demonstrating you are a safe company to do business with is a strong message that can make a big difference today, and win business. AEO accreditation benefits companies on many levels and strengthens their market position through commitment to risk management, compliant global trade and streamlined operations. Iqubal Pannu explains.
AEB became a member of ADS and is now looking forward to providing expert input on global trade solutions and export control compliance topics. AEB will also exhibit at the first ADS Members' Forum in 2014, which takes place at the Holiday Inn in Bristol on Wednesday, 26th March 2014 from 12pm to 5pm. Joining ADS will enable AEB to take advantage of a broad range of benefits, including raising awareness for supply chain security related trends and challenges, and more.
Supply chain improvement measures often target isolated areas and many companies focus on distribution logistics and on their outbound process chain, as it represents the direct link to the end-customer. The inbound supply chain, however, is often overlooked. Phil Lavin, Sales Manager at AEB (International) details how to tap into unrealised potentials the inbound supply chain offers.
The US government’s Export Control Reform (ECR) heralds significant changes for companies operating in different sectors. As part of this, some goods originally controlled under ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) will fall under EAR (Export Administrative Regulations). It’s crucial for UK companies handling US-controlled items or data to understand US re-export controls and re-transfer rules, and how US controls differ from national ones. To avoid violations, and civil and criminal penalties, AEB provides assistance and details five important key areas of consideration for trading companies.
AEB's latest white paper titled "Successful inbound supply chain management" explains why companies should take control of their inbound transportation, analyse their inbound freight cost management processes, integrate their loading dock management with transport partners, as well as organise their own import processes and increase transparent and standardised collaboration on all inbound movements.
Rosenberger, a leading global manufacturer of RF connectors, supplies big-name global players in the telecommunications, industrial measurement, automotive, medical technology, industrial electronics, and data systems industries. They rely on AEB's comprehensive software suite to ensure smooth global distribution and monitor shipping performance.
Modern supply chains are very complex and can involve dozens or even hundreds of parties, each having the responsibility to comply with both national and U.S. export control regulations, including latest changes. Comprehensive global trade software solutions provide the foundation for the required visibility and collaboration across complex global networks, and offer background checks on all business transactions from procurement to fulfilment. This ensures compliance with applicable EU and U.S. law at every step of the way.
Meeting the industry’s increasing demand for accessibility, mobility and visibility requires comprehensive IT support to provide all relevant supply chain information at the click of a button, connect all involved supply chain partners and integrate all relevant processes from procurement to fulfilment. Claire Umney explains how end-to-end supply chain systems support various areas of global logistics, and how they optimise both logistics operations and inventory management while also facilitating customs and compliance functionality as part of international movements.
Supply chain networks of global trading companies are becoming increasingly complex. It's no longer just large corporations who manage global supply chains - today, also most medium-sized businesses have customers or suppliers in Asia, the US and Latin America. Add to that the increasing numbers of supply chain partners, complex distribution channels, diverse product portfolios, higher market standards and customer expectations. Phil Lavin, Sales Manager, AEB (International), explains how this complexity impacted the evolution of online tracking.
Assigning goods and materials to the correct customs tariff number is no easy undertaking. It involves sifting through a CN of 21 sections, 96 chapters and over 5,000 subheadings, which is a time-consuming and complex task requiring high levels of expertise. Disregard for the significance of commodity codes can lead to severe legal and financial consequences and is often based on various wrong assumptions like “The commodity code is unimportant, we only export.“ or „There is no code that matches our products.“ Read the full article to find out more.
First changes as part of the U.S. Export Control Reform went live on 15th Oct 2013 and the second set of rules will go live on 6th Jan 2014. Changes will affect UK traders subject to U.S. EAR and ITAR, and it’s crucial to note that U.S. export controls do not only apply to companies in the aerospace and defence sector, but also to ‘dual-use' goods. AEB is guiding UK businesses through changes and obligations with awareness posters and educational white papers - free whilst stocks last.
Some still believe that being 'green' and generating profit is incompatible. The common misconception is that one must be chosen over the other, that sustainability makes less competitive, and that adopting IT to achieve social responsibility is too expensive. But there is a strong correlation between supply chain, cost efficiency and carbon reduction – ‘going green’ can actually save companies money. In fact, green supply chain logistics is starting to show added value, helping companies to increase competitiveness. Claire Umney, General Manager, AEB (International) explains.
The U.S. exerts increasing pressure on businesses outside the U.S. to comply with U.S. export controls. The latest changes under the ECR will affect UK traders subject to U.S. EAR and ITAR. U.S. export controls do not only apply to companies in the aerospace and defense sector - they also apply to ‘dual-use' goods which may come from various industry sectors including telecommunications, electronics, chemicals and IT. Claire Umney, General Manager, AEB (International), explains.
Modern warehouse management systems (WMS) have to be very flexible to master the challenges of increasingly complex supply chain networks, making their selection something of a challenge. Gursh Atwal, Sales Manager, AEB (International) comments on the topic and details recommendations on what businesses should look for when considering implementing a new WMS.
According to forecasters, the UK economy is likely to experience another weak 18 months before rebounding strongly in 2015. This economic uncertainty, paired with market volatility, creates multi-faceted challenges for warehouse managers. Add the shifts in demand and distribution strategies (e.g. from in-store to online, and local to centralised) and it becomes obvious how powerful and flexible today’s warehouse management systems (WMS) have to be. Gursh Atwal, Sales Manager AEB (International) explains.
Rosenberger Group, a leading global manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) connectors, has implemented AEB’s comprehensive supply chain management and global trade solution suite ASSIST4 to monitor shipments and ensure smooth global distribution of goods to and from Rosenberger’s headquarters in Germany and the company’s plant in Hungary.
The U.S. Government has finalised the first two sets of rules, redefining how the U.S. protects sensitive technologies and regulates exports of munitions and commercial items with military applications. The first set takes effect on 15th October 2013, and the second on 6th January 2014. AEB's campaign is aimed at guiding UK businesses through these changes to help them understand how it is affecting their global trade compliance processes.
AEB has been selected by leading export market management company Tudor Rose International to implement its comprehensive supply chain management solution ASSIST4 for logistics execution and control. As a result, Tudor Rose will move from mainly paper-based processes to standardised, automated management of all core logistics activities.
US and EU Customs authorities have introduced export control regulations and initiatives aimed at increasing the efficiency of import and export procedures, reducing administrative costs, facilitating legitimate trade and combating terrorism. Hannah Beckett, Sales Manager of AEB (International) explains which mandatory export control steps businesses have to comply with and how compliance can be managed to a company's advantage.
Non-compliance with global trade rules and restrictions can result in fines, penalities and even prison sentences. It can also cause delays at borders and have a negative impact on a company’s overall supply chain performance and reputation. Join AEB in partnership with CILT(UK) for this essential industry event on 22 Oct 2013 at the Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa, bringing together compliance experts from government, global trade consultants and key industry players to update on latest trends, challenges and solutions.
Representing the key classifier in international trade, commodity code determine more than just customs duties and trade restrictions, they also affect businesses' special customs privileges and ultimately, the efficiency of supply chains across borders. Hannah Beckett, Sales Manager of AEB (International) explains.
Supply chain disruptions - based on both natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and internal factors like production delays or replenishment issues alike - can seriously risk a company's integrity, lower it's share prices and affect customer satisfaction, and introduces what can be done to mitigate risks and achieve supply chain visibility. Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB (International) elaborates.
AEB has joined the United Kingdom Warehousing Association, Britain’s leading trade organisation representing the third party logistics sector. As solutions provider for end-to-end supply chain management, AEB understands the warehouses’ crucial role at the centre of complex supply chain networks, and is looking forward to engaging in industry discussions with UKWA members.
An introduction to electronic freight cost management and why supply chain managers should look at the administrative side of their logistics processes in order to maximise overall benefits by implementing integrated solutions to support and streamline operational workflows and administrative processes alike.
NETRADA, an international provider of full service e-Commerce solutions for fashion and lifestyle, has standardised, automated and expedited its customs management processes thanks to AEB's ASSIST4 Customs Management solution.
An introduction to the complex topic of customs code classification and commodity codes and how they not only determine import duties, but also import and export restrictions, as well as licensing and documentation requirements. Discover ASSIST4 Classification to automate, streamline and more efficiently manage this complicated process.
Making sense of today's complex customs and global trade regulations is a struggle, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses. Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB (International) explains how to tap into unrealized potential and ensure regulatory compliance while increasing supply chain performance, streamlining logistics processes and cutting costs at the same time.
AEB's new global trade white paper introduces commodity codes, and product classification, as well as challenges, potentials and solutions. Commodity codes represent the key classifier in international trade and also play a key role in the authorisation of simplified customs procedures.
Taking place at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany on June, 18-19 2013, this new event offers a networking platform for logistics professionals, buyers, and supply chain managers and seeks to expand from single focus on specific disciplines such as procurement, distribution and production to looking at the entire supply chain.
Today's markets are challenging and the more information is available to supply chain managers in real-time, the faster they can react to meet customer demands, increase efficiency and gain competitive advantage.
AMADA GmbH, the German subsidiary of a leading global manufacturer of machines, tools and equipment for sheet metal fabrication, now manages its entire supply chain with AEB’s software suite ASSIST4. As a result, the picking capacity has increased by between four and six per cent, and AMADA runs its supply chain pro-actively, providing even better service to its customers.
Today’s warehouse management systems (WMS) have to be flexible enough to react quickly to unpredictable sources of demand as well as face the challenge of facilitating demand forecasting, stock holding and distribution for both store deliveries and online orders.
BAUER machinery is used at major construction sites around the world to prepare foundations that last. With AEB's ASSIST4, BAUER has build a solid foundation to ensure compliance in imports and exports.
AMADA GmbH manages its entire supply chain with AEB's software suite ASSIST4. As a result, the picking capacity has increased by between four and six per cent, and AMADA runs its supply chain pro-actively, providing even better service to its customers.
Powerful supply chain management (SCM) and global trade management (GTM) solutions have become essential when it comes to taking the leap from simply reacting to customer demand and struggling to fulfil delivery promises, to pro-actively managing a transparent and integrated supply chain network that continuously increases its performance, facilitates business growth and keeps a competitive edge.
The AEB's conference taking place on 11th April 2013 at Mallory Court Hotel, Leamington Spa scrutinises the various segments of today's supply chains to identify the main cost drivers and risks, explore potential areas of improvement and introduce best-practice examples from key industry players. For more information see also www.aeb-international.co.uk/events.
The article based on an interview with Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB (International) explains how evaluating processes, partners and systems can identify weak links and enable operators to optimise their performance and elaborates on questions like how transparency can be achieved, how integration processes start and what challenges it involves.
The publication with prominent quotes from AEB details how the role of supply chain execution systems has become critical as organisations seek to improve the speed and efficiency of their supply chains. Read the full publication to find out the strategic imperatives in selecting the right systems.
As 4th in a series of four, AEB’s final freight cost white paper details the advantages and benefits of efficient freight cost reallocation and provides specific industry examples for the electronics, beverage and textile industry.
Many companies are active on a global level, have comprehensive procurement and fulfillment networks and work with a many different logistics service providers. Yet few of them have implemented an efficient logistics controlling process that tracks the exact cost allocation of freight expenses.
AEB's new solution - Time Slot Management - enables fully integrated planning of transport activities including loading/unloading, shipping, and storage workflows, which leads to more consistent use of loading dock capacities, shorter loading times, and better overall efficiency in logistics.
Many companies find it difficult to deal with a critical aspect of logistics controlling: the reallocation of transport costs to their original cost drivers. Traditional accounting methods are often insufficient for breaking down logistics costs to the product or item level.
The wide range of prices for comparable freight services means many businesses simply overpay for their transport needs. The third of AEB's white papers on freight costs explains how supply chain managers can lay the groundwork for successful negotiations and realise savings while building a constructive, long-term partnership with transport service providers.
With most businesses having outsourced their transport operations, company fleets are no longer the norm but a rarity, and freight rates negotiated with carriers represent a critical cost factor while a transport partner’s performance can have a critical impact on the shipper’s service level and various internal process costs.
AEB's compliance solution has been audited and certified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the world’s largest professional services and public audit firm. This makes AEB one of the few software companies whose software has been certified by a public auditing firm.
With ever more complex supply chain networks and growing service demands, supply chain managers face the challenge to achieve the delicate balange between supply chain stability and agility. Read more to find out how visibility solutions have become the backbone of successful supply chain networks and learn more about required scope of functionality and implementation approach.
The article explains how this economic landscape with rising unemployment rates and public sector debts affect supply chain managers and their goal to reduce supply chain operating costs and how to move from operating silos to managing an integrated network for utmost visibility and efficiency.
Transport costs have significantly risen as a result of expanding supply chains, reduced inventories, just-in-time strategies and price volatility, and the article shows how businesses can improve their transport and freight management to streamline operations and reduce supply chain spending at the same time.
The on-time performance of a company’s transport partners has a critical impact on its reputation, service level and other internal process costs. Negotiations with transport service providers should therefore focus on long-term partnerships rather than short-term savings. This is the only way to avoid the inefficiencies associated with continuously changing providers.
Determining the right carrier, identifying the most appropriate mode of transport and finding the best rate for any given transport is not as easy as it might sound. AEB explains the complexity of carrier contracts and how electronic freight cost management not only increases transparency, but also enables informed decisions at the click of a button and reduces costs by eliminating various manual processes and identifying any inaccuracies.
Material Handling World (MHW) has announced the certification of AEB's compliance solution by the professional services firm ProcewaterhouseCoopers. This makes AEB one of the few software companies whose software has been certified by a public auditing firm. The certified solution for compliance and risk management alerts companies of potential violations against EU regulations and global trade laws, enabling them to take appropriate steps to avoid both financial and reputational damage.
The article details how optimising transport management can help companies to reduce freight costs by up to 35% and reveals how the first white paper discusses efficient freight invoice control and the second describes how to effectively manage carrier contracts.
Following an interview with Claire Umney, General Manager of AEB (International), FBJ published information on AEB's white paper series aimed at helping customers, particularly SMEs, to get the best out of their systems for efficient management of cost calculation, carrier selection and invoice auditing.
AEB's conference is titled "Export Controls - Managing Compliance to your Advantage" invites supply chain professionals from across the region to the third annual compliance and risk management conference, hosted by AEB (International) in partnership with CILT(UK) on 2nd October 2012 at the Mallory Court hotel in Leamington Spa.
The publication explores the daunting task of selecting a warehouse management system and considers areas that should be covered to achieve ultimate cost savings, manpower reduction, streamlining of work flows and full visibility, such as integration capabilities, order traceability and flexible customisation options.
UKWA's "Warehouse" published AEB UK’s Sales Manager Gursh Atwal with his article “Informed Choice” in their August 2012 edition. Atwal explores the daunting task of selecting a warehouse management system and considers areas that should be covered to achieve ultimate cost savings, manpower reduction, streamlining of work flows and full visibility, such as integration capabilities, order traceability and flexible customisation options (read page 14).
ASSIST4 has enabled the nearly 80-year-old enterprise Stabilus, a manufacturer of gas springs and supplier to major automotive manufacturers, to streamline its shipping processes and steadily increase quality. Find out more about Stabilus' processes and how ASSIST4 supports the business.
AEB is mentioned in this exhibition preview as supply chain management solutions provider, show-casing ASSIST4 during the show next year, with reference to AEB's customers from the health care industry (Erbe and Becton Dickinson) and details on how ASSIST4 supports and streamlines their logistics operations.
The article details how the areas of logistics execution, visibility and business intelligence are highly interconnected and crucial to be considered by forward looking supply chain experts, looking to improve both their operational performance as well as cost saving levels.
The publication reports the latest status on EU's new Union Customs Code, which might need to be repealed by EU regulations if, as widely expected, it cannot be implemented by the time the existing customs code expires on 24th June 2013 - as reported during the AEB customs conference in March 2012, by one of the event speakers, Richard Bright, International Trade Development Liaison officer at HMRC.
The publication gives a sneak-peek on the upcoming partnership between AEB and KSD to strengthen their customs offering and product portfolio, following a joint event in partnership with CILT(UK) that took place in March 2012 in Warwickshire on the topic „Import, Export and Customs Compliance: Improve Quality – Reduce Costs“.
The article introduces AEB and its offering and responds to questions such as how to connect partners in supply chains, who are AEB's customers, what's their biggest challange, where does growth come from geographically, and more.
The scope and complexity of checking incoming freight invoices has greatly increased in recent years and presents logistics managers with growing challenges – yet this is precisely where tremendous potential for optimisation exists. The article explains options for checking freight invoices to deliver cost savings and streamline processes, which do have to be costly and time-consuming.
The article elaborates that optimising transport management can help reduce freight costs by up to 35 percent, which is further detailed in the latest series of free white papers. The first white paper in the series, titled “Three Paths to Efficient Freight Invoice Auditing,” describes how companies can best organise their freight invoice auditing.
The article features a number of IT companies and prominently quotes Mark Brannan, International Business Development Director, AEB, on the topic SaaS solutions for standardised processes, on SaaS data security issues for defence companies and the importance of supply chain visibility to react quickly to supply chain disruptions.
Because end-to-end SCM solutions go beyond the simple sales process, they are also extremely useful when it comes to managing stakeholder relations. In an increasingly service-oriented environment, it is essential that companies meet all their customers’ needs quickly. Find out about the advantages of comprehensive SCM systems in order to increase performance and productivity and to achieve a competitive advantage.
SaaS is a key element of cloud computing, where shared servers provide resources, software and data to other computers and devices over the internet. The article explores pros and cons of cloud computing and elaborates on crucial areas like IT security, data privacy and system availability to advise companies that consider complementing their existing systems with SaaS solutions.
The article explores the current use of smartphones and mobile devices in the logistics sector and how supply chain managers have come to depend on such tools to react quickly to supply chain disruptions. Replacement of ERP and other complex operating systems however, is currently not yet possible with smartphones.
The Supply Chain Forum at Whittlebury Hall is the ideal opportunity to meet with potential new product & service providers, listen to industry thought leaders, find out about latest trends and the strategies and network with industry peers. AEB is returning as hand-picked supplier for the third, consecutive time.
The publication explains how customs and global trade regulations can be managed to advantage in order to save costs and streamline processes, while ensuring regulatory compliance for all business transactions. Four required export control steps are introduced together with solutions to tackle the challenges that ever more stringent security regulations present to global trading businesses.
The article details EMCS Phase 3, which went live the same month as well as the successful implementation of AEB's EMCS online solutions EMCS||XPRESS at Marston's Brewery.