Converting a manual process to an automated process can pose numerous challenges. Competing goals and motivations, system architecture and data integrity, impact to legal requirements, needs of multiple business units, organizational change management, and user adoption are just a few hurdles. Automating supply chain and trade systems introduce additional complexity including multiple providers, multiple interfaces to internal and external systems, regulatory filings, and a myriad of vendors offering solutions across a wide range of functions.  


Trade Forward assists in vendor selection by helping customers choose the right solution for the right need through formal Request for Information (RFI) / Proposal (RFP) processes, evaluation of responses, and validation of desired state against proposed automated state.



The need for assistance for every supply chain team with the changing demands of a diverse supply chain network and a rapidly changing trade environment is commonplace. Keeping track of business process changes, regulatory changes, and benchmarks measuring continuous improvement require up-to-date analysis and insight.  


Trade Forward is composed of trade professional that analyze and evaluate existing supply chain and trade programs and operational processes to identify risk and opportunity in an effort to address future enhancements and search for areas of growth in process excellence. Our focus also includes the development and delivery of training on international supply chain and trade processes and programs.



The benefits of automation often drive the need for a process to adopt new automation. In many cases, a process may exist, may be documented, may be followed, and then is faced with adopting new automation. Success of any automation effort starts with ensuring the exiting process is documented and the areas of inefficiency are understood and focused on by the automating solution.


Trade Forward helps customer review current business process to leverage “best practices” across the complex and changing trade and supply chain landscape and documenting nodes of activity that can be addressed with automation. This extends to the translation of process challenges into requirements and actionable roadmaps that enable desired standards, levels of process automation, and risk mitigation.



Many supply chain and trade professionals are focused on the needs of their positions and may not have any experience in selecting, designing, or implementing software. Many IT professionals are focused on the needs of their positions and do not research, manage, or operate within the complexity of a global supply chain. The task of designing and implementing a process into an automated solution is left to software vendors with minimal knowledge of their client’s unique process or the trade environment. The results can be extended timelines, unneeded configuration, under-utilized applications, and a continued change requests.


As a trusted integrator for leading platforms in global trade management and a valued partner for transportation management (TMS) and warehouse management (WMS) solutions, Trade Forward assists customers with the design, documentation, and delivery of automated trade programs.

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