Descartes’ Employee Excellence & Innovation Award recognizes one employee each quarter for their contributions in helping make our customers and partners successful. To be eligible for nomination via their peers, the employee must have demonstrated:
Innovation – championing of new and valuable ideas to develop new or better processes, tools, methods, systems, products or services in support of Descartes’ mission.
Excellence – performance with pride and to the highest professional standards, exceeding expectations, achieving exceptional result(s) for external and/or internal stakeholders.
It’s a pleasure to announce the latest winners of the Descartes Excellence and Innovation award: Jason Leonard, Director, GLN Air R&D and Luke Maxon, Solution Architect.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched eAWBLink as an easy-to-use solution to accelerate global electronic air waybill (eAWB) adoption. IATA is partnering with Descartes to use the Descartes Global Logistics Network™ (Descartes GLN™) as the tool to connect eAWBLink with over 100 carriers, and to help small- to medium-sized freight forwarders electronically communicate and receive air waybill (eAWB) data and status messages.
January 1, 2017 marked the date when the World Customs Organization (WCO) Harmonized System (HS) reform went into effect for many locations. For importers, exporters, manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers (LSPs), now is an excellent opportunity to review current classifications against individual country tariff updates as the world works to re-harmonize with WCO changes. While this will take time, many countries have already published updates.
Updated approximately every 5 years, the HS is an international classification standard that is in current or anticipated use by 207 customs administrations worldwide. Every business with affected items must act by reviewing tariff codes, duty rates and customs data for hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of items in their parts master databases or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. These items must also be updated for every country where business is transacted on the effective date each country activates its changes.
Advanced TMS Capabilities Open Up New Opportunities
In speaking with customers over the last few months, we have seen a significant increase in transportation teams taking more control of their inbound freight. Historically, most of the return on investment (ROI) for transportation management systems (TMS) was focused on outbound transportation by optimizing across less than truckload (LTL)/truckload (TL) and cutting freight costs while creating increased visibility and customer service. Now, with the advent of cloud-based transportation management systems that support a wider range of modes (e.g. parcel, fleet, air and ocean) and better supplier connectivity, the opportunity to expand the use of TMS to reduce the cost of inbound shipments is greater than ever.
Ecommerce is transforming the grocery industry and creating tremendous opportunities for grocers to drive greater profitability and increased customer loyalty. It’s a demanding business model, however, and it requires an intense focus on efficiency. To help grocers’ ecommerce initiatives reach full profit potential, MyWebGrocer (MWG) and Descartes have launched a combined solution that helps grocery retailers support the customer ecommerce experience from online purchase through home delivery.
Download a Free Whitepaper on Modern Sanctioned Party List Screening and Export Compliance
A review of denied, sanctioned and restricted parties, also referred to as Denied Party Screening or DPS, is required to minimize risk and to lessen the potential of substantial fines. Electronic transactions, business integration and the continued rise of ecommerce, are linking companies with information and driving growth. However, this increased connectivity is coupled with a certain degree of risk and a greater probability that business may be transacted with denied, sanctioned or restricted parties.
Headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 160 family farmers that provides fresh, certified organic fruits, vegetables, and other farm fresh products to wholesalers and through a subscription initiative also known as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
3 Problems You Can Now Solve with a Transportation Management System (TMS)
The new generation of cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) changes the way you think about their value to the organization and implementation strategy. You can now solve transportation problems more cost-effectively, and with faster payback than traditional TMS solutions. Advanced TMS capabilities and new architectures enable better support for multimodal transportation, stronger collaboration with carriers and suppliers, and more flexible deployment options.
Download a Complimentary eBook on the Canadian eManifest Program
The long-anticipated deadlines for Canadian eManifest for forwarders have been announced, creating urgency to make the transition. Beginning November 7, 2016, the initial eManifest requirements for freight forwarders are scheduled to begin.
As part of the program, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has launched a new initiative to enhance the reporting mechanism and communications between shipment parties. Carriers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and warehouse operators will be able to view shipment milestones for a particular movement if they are a party on the manifest.
Recognized for her leadership and support of the implementation of Denied Party Screening in the UK
Descartes’ Employee Excellence and Innovation award, recognizing Descartes employees for their contributions in helping to make Descartes’ customers, partners, and fellow employees successful, is presented quarterly to a deserving Descartes employee based on peer nominations. Eligible Descartes employees must have demonstrated ‘Innovation’ by sharing valuable ideas to develop new or better processes, tools, methods, systems, products or services in support of Descartes’ mission; and ‘Excellence’ by performing their job with integrity and to the highest professional standards, exceeding expectations while achieving exceptional results for external and/or internal stakeholders.
I’m pleased to announce Sophia Nisha, Director of Denied Party Screening, as Descartes’ Excellence and Innovation award winner for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. Sophia is a denied parties screening domain expert with strong leadership qualities and is a great team player. She was instrumental in helping us set up and test the new local environment for denied party screening in the United Kingdom while developing and directing internal training programs to extend this new arm of the business.