A Consultant’s Primer on Global Trade

Consulting Roundtable

October 23, 2008: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Consultant’s Primer on Global Trade: Supply-Chain Practices and Trade Considerations Affecting U.S. Imports 6:00 - 6:30 Registration & Networking 6:30 - 8:00 Program 8:00 - Networking and Cash Bar Come join us to expand your knowledge of the highly complex but vitally critical area of global trade practices and issues. As globalization spreads and sourcing outside the U.S. continues to grow, companies must develop increasing awareness of evolving U.S. import laws. Among the most notable trends, recent changes to the import regulations call for increased management of the supply chain and the submission of new data elements to Customs, which can only be achieved through closely aligned import and supply chain functions. This session will discuss opportunities for consultants to assist businesses in evaluating and managing import requirements and to facilitate internal supply chain and import partnerships to increase import efficiency, reduce costs, and improve compliance. In addition, the presenters will share their experience with assisting a global company in a pioneering joint Customs/supply chain rationalization initiative throughout the U.S. and the E.U. that resulted in substantial cost savings and enhanced control over suppliers.


Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois


No Charge

Speaker Profiles

Joni Young (Speaker), Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Joni Young is a Supply Chain manager with more than 20 years of experience in sourcing, negotiations, and process improvements. She has sourced a broad set of categories that includes MRO, software and services related to IT, telecommunications, health, food, facility and professional services. Ms. Young is a Certified Purchasing Manager whose project experiences have resulted in significant cost reductions and operational improvements for local governments and manufacturers. Currently consulting in the Supply Chain Strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting, LLP, she specializes in cost reduction relative to indirect goods and services generated through external competition and maximized through internal demand management and compliance. Prior to consulting, Ms. Young managed purchasing and related functions for local governments.

Alison Miles (Speaker)
Senior Consultant, Global Trade Solutions, Deloitte Tax, LLP

Alison Miles is a Senior Consultant with the Global Trade Solutions practice of Deloitte Tax, LLP, based in the Chicago office. Ms. Miles advises clients on a wide range of international trade and customs issues including classification, valuation, duty-reduction, and import and export compliance. Recent projects include serving retail clients with the implementation of tax structures designed to achieve duty savings on qualifying U.S. imports as well as assisting a global company in a broker rationalization project spanning the U.S. and E.U. Ms. Miles joined Deloitte Tax LLP upon the completion of her Masters degree in International Affairs from Loyola University Chicago. During her studies at Loyola, she interned for the World Trade Center Illinois where she prepared country trade profiles, researched emerging import and export markets and helped organize and run trade promotion events. She earned a B.A. in Business/Political Science from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In April 2008, she passed the U.S. Customs Broker Licensing Exam.


Rachel Patterson 


Other Information

The primary objective of the Consulting Roundtable is to connect consultants with the industry’s best practices, most innovative approaches, latest market trends, and its most dynamic leaders. Meetings are generally scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month. If you have any topic suggestions, or would like to help in managing the CRT, please contact either Laraine Spector at or Rachel Patterson at