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April 2013
In this Issue...

A Look Ahead - Two Great Programs

Driving Supplier Relationships to Extract Maximum Value

Vendor Compliance: From a 3PL Perspective

How to Make Vendor Compliance Programs Work for You

CBP Expands and Modifies Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) Test Program

Elephants, Moles and Metrics



New Member Spotlight...

Hollander Home Fashions

RVCF is a member-based organization focused on promoting best practices, trading partner alignment and collaboration, and technology solutions to streamline operations, lower costs and speed goods to market throughout the retail value chain. RVCF welcomes new members Hollander Home Fashions and Benelli USA.



Upcoming Events

2013 Spring Conference
4/21-23/2013
Conference

Retail Open Forum
5/9/2013
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
5/10/2013
Conference Call

Retail Only Conference
6/2-4/2013
Conference

Annual Fall Conference
11/3-6/2013
Conference

RVCF Spring Conference Agenda

 



Complimentary Resources

EDI User Report

Retail Industry Briefing Book

From Punitive to Partnership - Transforming Retailer Vendor Relationships

Omnichannel Considerations for the Purchase Order Process

Holistic Supply Chain Management

You Know Your Supply Chain Needs To Be Updated When...

Five Steps to a High Performance Retail Supply Chain

The Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain

Best Practices for Shipment Shortages

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RVCF Compliance Clearinghouse

From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
A Look Ahead - Two Great Programs


RVCF LogoRVCF will host three events this year. The first will take place in the Dallas area in just two short weeks and you can read all of the highlights in next month's RVCF LINK. But right now I'd like to focus on the next two. We have a Retail Only focused event and our ever popular Annual Fall Conference.
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ACE Buying Day

The Ace Hardware Buying Days is a great opportunity to introduce your company and product to the Ace Hardware Buying team. Ace Hardware is the No. 1 hardware co-op in the nation with 14 warehouses and more than 4,400 stores nationwide with representation in more than 60 countries.


Driving Supplier Relationships to Extract Maximum Value

Many merchandisers and buyers work really hard to find suppliers, negotiate pricing, and put contracts in place. Then what? Do suppliers simply meet their contractual obligations? Do we maximize the true value of the relationship, beyond price and contract terms? In most cases, the relationship is not managed and supplier performance slowly declines, forcing us to re-source the category.

What is the correct relationship?
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Vendor Compliance: From a 3PL Perspective

We continue our series of 7 Steps to Reduce Chargebacks in Your Vendor Compliance Program.

  • Step 1 - Quantify the financial impact of chargebacks
  • Step 2 - Utilize an advanced warehouse management system (WMS)
  • Step 3 - Get EDI Right
  • Step 4 - Make compliance someone's full time job
  • Step 5 - Develop a better audit process
  • Step 6 - Challenge Chargebacks

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How to Make Vendor Compliance Programs Work for You

Of all the strategies for reducing costs in your retail, catalog and e-commerce businesses, vendor compliance programs may be the most underdeveloped. A well-thought-out, formal vendor compliance policy can reduce warehousing and freight costs, speed up order processing, and lead directly to increased customer satisfaction. In order to achieve this it must spell out your requirements and the chargebacks for vendors' non-compliance.
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RFID Live! 2013

RFID Journal LIVE! 2013
11th Annual Conference and Exhibition
Apr. 30 - May 2, 2013, Orlando, FL

The One RFID Event That Has It All

RFID Journal LIVE! 2013, our eleventh annual conference and exhibition, is the only event where you can learn how to use RFID technologies to improve your business, from real-world case studies across all applications, including asset tracking, logistics and transportation, supply chain management, warehouse and inventory management, security and more. Meet the leading industry experts and more than 200 technology providers, at the world's most important RFID event.

RVCF VIP Discount - Save 20% with promo code FAKJ

Register now - visit www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/


RVCF New Member Spotlight

RVCF is a member-based organization focused on promoting best practices, trading partner alignment and collaboration, and technology solutions to streamline operations, lower costs and speed goods to market throughout the retail value chain. RVCF welcomes new members Benelli USA and Hollander Home Fashions.


CBP Expands and Modifies Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) Test Program

On April 4, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") issued a General Notice announcing both the expansion of the current, voluntary Centers of Excellence and Expertise ("CEE") test program to include six additional centers as well as the modification of certain parameters of the test itself. See 78 Federal Register 20345 (April 4, 2013). Back in October 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") created the concept of industry-specific Centers of Excellence and Expertise ("CEEs") which are intended to serve as a single point of customs processing for importers in those product sectors. CBP's goal in establishing CEEs around the country is to increase uniformity of treatment (i.e., reduce instances of inconsistent decisions being issued by the ports on common industry issues), expedite resolution of compliance issues, reduce costs, and increase CBP technical knowledge of specific industry products and practices.
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Elephants, Moles, and Metrics

An ancient Indian parable about an elephant and six blind men goes something like this: each of the blind men touches a different part of the elephant and then describes what it is – one says the elephant is a wall, another a tree; the others say it is a spear, a fan, a rope or a snake. They don't identify it correctly because they can't see the elephant; they have only a limited perception based on the parts they have touched.
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RVCF Career Center RVCF's Career Center has been designed to assist employers and job seekers in filling open Retail Supply Chain positions. Our Career Center is available to RVCF members and subscribers and is included as one of the many benefits of RVCF membership.
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Can "Digital Associates" create a personal experience online?
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