AAEI’s 103rd Annual Conference and Expo will be held in Fort Lauderdale, June 10-12, 2024, with a focus on trade challenges facing importers and exporters and the strategies required to meet them. As the event approaches, AAEI is featuring many of this year’s conference speakers. The spotlight this week is on Mary Cagle of Copper Hill.

Mary will be a panelist for GTM Solutions: Automate or Perish 2.0​, a session on practical recommendations for seeking a vendor for global trade management (GTM) solutions, including the kinds of questions you should ask your potential vendors.

About her conference panel, Mary says, “Today’s global trade environment is vast and intricate, which requires efficiency and accuracy. Automation is essential in achieving these needs by simplifying tasks, cutting expenses, and boosting productivity in supply chains. As international markets become more intertwined, automation is vital for companies to stay competitive, ensuring timely delivery, continued quality, and flexibility to adapt to changing demands and regulations. Ultimately, incorporating automation into global trade is not optional, but necessary for long-term success and adaptability in a dynamic business landscape.”

The panel will also look at standards and GTM capabilities for complying with forced labor laws, export controls and sanctions, and high security.

At Copper Hill, Mary is Senior Director, Consulting Services. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a U.S. Customs auditor in the Charlotte, NC Field Office. Since then, she worked for an importer managing relationships with brokerage firms. Mary also worked as a Customs auditor and consultant for an international law firm and consulting practice. Her experience as a U.S. Customs auditor allows her to conduct mock Customs audits to aid clients in general trade compliance improvements, enhance business certainty, and assess risks.

Mary’s panel is on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. EDT. For more information and the latest updates on AAEI’s 2024 Annual Conference, go to AAEI’s event webpage.