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Issues and Challenges

Product requirements are continuously changing in order to meet customer demands, production changes or even sourcing challenges. Maintaining current and accurate product sample information and costing data is a difficult task, especially for global organizations sourcing around the world. With an increase in demand for specific styles and products, companies are facing a variety of complexities and as a result, leave their supply chain open to additional costs and vulnerable to risk.


How Amber Road Can Help

Amber Road’s Sample Management and Initial Costing solution provides the ability to collaborate with suppliers earlier in the product design process to comprehensively manage samples and fully understand material costs. This solution unifies critical product, cost and supplier information to accurately estimate and compare product samples and simulated product costs. In addition, it becomes the single source for material and product development, costing and sampling, providing global visibility for merchandisers, designers, sourcing teams and suppliers.

Features Benefits
Sample Management and Initial Costing Reduce cycle time and cost for samples and shipping
Request sampling along with a cost sheet on a product or material Request sampling along with a cost sheet on   a pro
Track sample costs, quantities, receipts and approvals with detailed tracking views
View related material sampling from products with BOM definition

Sample types supported include:

  • Prototype
  • Lab dip
  • Hand loom
  • Fit approval
  • Sample yardage
  • Fabric quality
  • Advertisement / marketing
  • Sales
Track all necessary dates, such as sample due, submitted and completed
Conduct initial product or material costing to compare to targets at any level
Maintain multiple cost effective dates, MOQ requirements and surcharge rules
Analyze cost information at a color level with FOB or component level visibility

Supply Chain Collaboration

Today, supply chain collaboration between buyers and their overseas vendors is usually conducted with an unending merry-go-round of Excel documents, emails, last minute changes and zero visibility into the real-time status of orders and shipments.

We change that by providing a cloud-based platform that all parties access across the supply chain.


PVHVera BradleyCaleres


“Automated solutions can improve fragmented and error-prone processes to control buy-side costs, define pricing policies, and prepare and deliver differentiated customer proposals.”




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