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Free Webinar Series

Discover how to better navigate the complex world of global trade

Join global trade and logistics expert Dan Gardner as he explores what it takes for modern importers to succeed in today's volatile industry.


The next webinar in the series kicks off at 10:30 a.m. PST on November 20, 2019

Follow the link below to sign up to
"Import Buy: Essential Clauses to Include in Your International Purchase Agreement and Purchase Order"

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Free Webinar Series

Discover how to better navigate the complex world of global trade

Join global trade and logistics expert Dan Gardner as he explores what it takes for modern importers to succeed in today's volatile industry.


The next webinar in the series kicks off at 10:30 a.m. PST on November 20, 2019

Follow the link below to sign up to
"Import Buy: Essential Clauses to Include in Your International Purchase Agreement and Purchase Order"

Sign up today

Free Webinar Series

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Discover how to better navigate the complex world of global trade

Join global trade and logistics expert Dan Gardner as he explores what it takes for modern importers to succeed in today's volatile industry.


The next webinar in the series kicks off at 10:30 a.m. PST on November 20, 2019

Follow the link below to sign up to
"Import Buy: Essential Clauses to Include in Your International Purchase Agreement and Purchase Order"

Sign up today

Webinar 01

Imports 101: Five Things That Every Company Should Know About Importing

While it is true that international trade has grown dramatically over the last forty years, both the strategic and tactical aspects of importing remain a complex undertaking. From demand planning to purchasing, financial considerations and shipping, success is driven by a clear understanding of the challenges and pitfalls that are found at every turn of the import process.

In recognition of these complexities, please join Mercado Labs on 10/23/19 for a live, facts-based approach to analyzing five key components of a successful import program. In this 60-minute presentation, we’ll get into detail on topics from areas that include Sourcing, Purchasing, Logistics, Finance and Regulatory Compliance.

October 23, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST

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Webinar 02

Import Plan: The Role of Demand Planning in Import Supply Chains

From a tactical perspective, the import process begins with Demand Planning and the creation of a sales forecast that drives subsequent activities like materials planning, purchase order management, vendor coordination, inbound logistics and ultimately, inventory management. Unfortunately, most forecasts are incorrect and importers find themselves making constant adjustments to the planned vs. actual quantities, cost and timing of their imports.

Tune into the Mercado Labs webinar series on 11/6/19 for a journey through the Demand Planning process and its role within the framework of an import supply chain. In this live, real-world oriented presentation, we will not only define what Demand Management is, but offer techniques and best practices that help to mitigate the inevitable variances between forecasted and actual demand for products.

November 6, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST

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Webinar 03

Import Buy: Essential Clauses to Include in Your International Purchase Agreement and Purchase Order

Long before goods are manufactured and shipped from overseas vendors, importers must have a clear understanding of the terms and clauses that govern these activities. Without prior agreement on mission-critical points like product engineering, quality, unit price, lead times and shipping terms, the importer is exposing themselves to issues that include defective merchandise, lost sales and astronomical costs.

In this webinar, Mercado Labs shares ways for importers to account for all facets of both an International Purchase Agreement and the subsequent issuance of purchase orders. With detailed explanations on clauses such as Bill of Material compliance, product safety standards, minimum order quantities and responsibility for risk of loss or damage to the goods, attendees will be able to immediately apply what they’ve learned to real-life vendor relationships.

November 20, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST

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Webinar 04

[Exclusive] Incoterms® 2020 Rules: Executing your import strategy with financial success

Company-wide knowledge of Incoterms® Rules is fundamental to the execution of an import strategy and its financial success. Because trade terms deal with the overseas vendor’s delivery responsibility under a Purchase Agreement, Incoterms impact areas that include shipping, risk transfer, landed costs controls, calculation of gross profit and payment for logistics services.

With an emphasis on the 2020 update to Incoterms, the content of this webinar covers the fundamentals of shipping terms specific to risk transfer, as well as the division of transportation and customs-related costs between the supplier and importer. Supported by numerous examples, this presentation is ideal for sourcing, purchasing, finance and logistics personnel.

December 4, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST

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Webinar 05

Import Move: The ABC's of International Shipping & Customs Compliance

Execution of the logistics component of an import strategy is essential to overall supply chain performance. Whether an importer works with its own off-shore manufacturing facilities, utilizes contract manufacturers or foreign suppliers, customer satisfaction and strong profits all begin with the inbound logistics and customs clearance process.

Broadcast live on 12/18/19, this webinar will combine elements of international transportation with U.S. Customs & Border Protection regulations to create an end-to-end understanding of the entire inbound logistics function. With analysis of subjects that include how best to negotiate air/ocean transportation rates, and the proper classification of imported goods, this presentation is tailor made for sourcing, purchasing, I.T., cost accounting and logistics personnel.

December 18, 2019
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST

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Webinar 06

Import Buy & move: Five Ways to Reduce Import Costs (Supply Chain Finance for Non-Finance Professionals)

The objective of this module is to illustrate the causal relationship that exists between the execution of an import strategy and an importer’s financial results. In this, Mercado’s first webinar of 2020, we analyze the ties between product sales, landed cost controls, cumulative lead-times and inventory management, and the results found on an organization’s balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement.

By presenting five ways to reduce costs within the context of actual import scenarios, attendees will learn how to drive down expenses without risking extreme scenarios like inventory stock outs, late deliveries or cancelled customer orders. Perfect for non-financial supply chain professionals, Mercado’s approach employs a combination of easy-to-understand terminology and field-tested techniques to enhance an importer’s overall profitability.

January 8, 2020
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST

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Webinar 07

Doing the right thing: Corporate Social Responsibility for Global Import Operations

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January 22, 2020
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST

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Read a little more about our host

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Dan Gardner is President and co-founder of Trade Facilitators, Inc. He has held a number of senior positions throughout his 23 year career in the Third Party Logistics field and has been an adjunct professor of logistics and supply chain management in the graduate business schools of Florida International University and The University of Miami.

A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Dan holds an MBA from The University of Miami and has been a licensed customhouse broker in the U.S. since 1989. Additionally, he is a Black Belt in Six Sigma, holds a Certification in Production & Inventory Management with APICS and is certified as a Physical Security Professional by The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).

Read a little more about the speakers

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Dan Gardner is President and co-founder of Trade Facilitators, Inc. He has held a number of senior positions throughout his twenty three year career in the Third Party Logistics field, and has been an adjunct professor of logistics and supply chain management in the graduate business schools of Florida International University and The University of Miami.

A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Dan holds an MBA from The University of Miami and has been a licensed customhouse broker in the U.S. since 1989. Additionally, he is a Black Belt in Six Sigma, holds a Certification in Production & Inventory Management with APICS and is certified as a Physical Security Professional by The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
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Rob Garrison is the CEO and founder of Mercado Labs. Having started out in international trade with ocean carrier OOCL, he has since changed his vantage point several times within the industry, moving from an ocean carrier to an importer, and then from an importer to a third party global supply chain company.

This ability to see all three sides of the importing equation and work in a wide variety of roles–from startup to large enterprise, set Rob up perfectly to set up Mercado, where he has been perfectly poised to help enable, educate and up-skill businesses who are looking to improve their operations in global trade.

Read a little more about the speakers

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Dan Gardner is President and co-founder of Trade Facilitators, Inc. He has held a number of senior positions throughout his twenty three year career in the Third Party Logistics field, and has been an adjunct professor of logistics and supply chain management in the graduate business schools of Florida International University and The University of Miami.

A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Dan holds an MBA from The University of Miami and has been a licensed customhouse broker in the U.S. since 1989. Additionally, he is a Black Belt in Six Sigma, holds a Certification in Production & Inventory Management with APICS and is certified as a Physical Security Professional by The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
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Rob Garrison is the CEO and founder of Mercado Labs. Having started out in international trade with ocean carrier OOCL, he has since changed his vantage point several times within the industry, moving from an ocean carrier to an importer, and then from an importer to a third party global supply chain company.

This ability to see all three sides of the importing equation and work in a wide variety of roles–from startup to large enterprise, set Rob up perfectly to set up Mercado, where he has been perfectly poised to help enable, educate and up-skill businesses who are looking to improve their operations in global trade.

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Get the knowledge you need to succeed. Sign up to our FREE webinar series and transform the way you navigate the world of global trade.

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