There is an undeniable link between clearing trade compliance hurdles and the sourcing of goods, yet many companies still view these processes as completely isolated functions. Never before has it been more important for companies to tether their sourcing activities to compliance, logistics, and transportation. And the key to that evolution is introducing automation across a company’s supply chain departments. Technologies that stitch together such varied activities as sourcing, trade automation, and transportation management exist today. And more importantly, supply chain practitioners can build a case, in dollar terms, for how automating these functions can yield tangible results."