Eric Linxwiler

Eric Linxwiler

Eric Linxwiler is senior vice president of TradeBeyond. He has over 30 years of experience in enterprise software and cloud-based platform companies with a specialty in supply chain optimization and workflow management. Contact him at eric.linxwiler@tradebeyond.com to discuss how the TradeBeyond platform can address the supply chain challenges created by new ESG regulations.

Traceability is Key to Protecting Human Rights in Supply Chains

Across the globe, a transformative wave is reshaping the landscape of international commerce. Nations and economic blocs worldwide are instituting a broad array of supply chain due diligence laws aimed at eradicating forced labor and safeguarding human rights. These regulations mark the most concerted global push ever for more ethical supply chains, signaling an era…

How Retailers Can Meet the Demand for Sustainable Supply Chains

Every month brings new evidence of how dramatically consumers’ growing preferences for sustainability are reshaping their shopping habits. A new study by NIQ found that 69 percent of global consumers say that sustainability and ESG concerns have become increasingly important to them over the last two years. Another study of U.S. consumers found that 66…

Time is Running Out for Fashion Retailers to Commit to Sustainable Sourcing

The fashion industry is still struggling to meet the expectations of a consumer base that has become increasingly conscious of the environmental and social impact of their clothing choices. In the U.S., 80 percent of consumers indicate that sustainability is a crucial factor when selecting a fashion brand. Younger shoppers in particular have shown that…

End-to-End Digitalization Allows Retailers to Go Beyond Traditional PLM Systems

Product lifecycle management (PLM) software has become a necessity for retailers and brands that have partly or fully outsourced their supply chains. The right PLM can help businesses shorten product development cycles, reduce time to market, and control costs, all of which are essential at a time when consumers are demanding more variety than ever…

Tracking Chain of Custody is Now Essential for Brands and Retailers

The days when brands and retailers could turn a blind eye to where their products come from are over. Amid heightened awareness of social and environmental abuses throughout the supply chain, governments around the world are moving quickly to hold businesses accountable for the actions of their suppliers. New supply chain due diligence laws are…

Scaling Private Label Requires Automated Supplier Management

Private label’s market share keeps growing. Sales of private-label products climbed in 2022, averaging 11.3 percent growth, nearly twice what national brands saw, according to a report from the Private Label Manufacturers Association. Global inflation helped fuel that growth, spurring consumers to turn to store brand alternatives to save money. However, 73 percent of consumers say…

As Businesses Seek Resilient Supply Chains, Digitalization is Key

The current pressures on the supply chain are enormous. Three years after the global pandemic created a tsunami of backups and disruptions that are still reverberating through the supply chain today, brands and retailers are navigating a seemingly endless cavalcade of new threats ranging from inflationary pressures to trade wars to the Russian invasion of…

New Supply Chain Due Diligence Laws Necessitate Full Visibility and Transparency

Germany’s new supply chain law is likely to be a precursor to even stronger regulations to come. In January, the country implemented one of the world’s most extensive supply chain laws, the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG), which requires large companies to monitor their supply chain for both human rights and environmental abuses.…