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  February 2014
 
In this Issue...


Spring Conference Fever

Understanding the RFID Renaissance

Stuck in a Snow Drift and No Where to Go

RVCF's Latest Research Opportunities

What Are Retail CEOs Doing to Achieve Operational Excellence in a Consumer Driven World?

New Member Spotlight

A Routed Export by Any Other Name...

Retail Convergence: Three Trends to Watch for in 2014

Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: Top 7 Reasons Companies Outsource their Warehouse Needs

Multi-Variable Mayhem




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Your Playbook for Creating a Winning Data Transmission Service

Prove Your Value to the Line of Business and Win the 2014 Budget Battle

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EDI User Report

From Punitive to Partnership - Transforming Retailer Vendor Relationships

Omnichannel Considerations for the Purchase Order Process

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Spring Conference Fever


RVCF LogoAh! With 2013 behind us, we are now into the 2014 planning stage. This year's RVCF Spring Conference will be held at beautiful Sanibel Island, FL, May 5-7, 2014, with a duel offering of a retail only program as well as our merchandise supplier track; of course, we'll always make room for one-on-ones. So, both retailers as well as suppliers will enjoy social events, a dinner cruise and 25+ programs designed to make you and your business more efficient, leaner and nimbler.
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Understanding the RFID Renaissance
Bill McBeath, ChainLink Research


Over the past few years we've witnessed a resurgence of interest and substantial growth in the use of RFID in retail - a veritable RFID Renaissance - with well over a billion tags used this year, not just in apparel but for other categories and uses as well. It is being used in some truly innovative and high-value ways. In fact, there are many different potential ways to use RFID in retail, but a real dearth of solid data on what specifically is being done in actual implementations.
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Stuck in a Snow Drift and No Where to Go
Ronald M. Marotta, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.


This winter has surely been tough on all of us (except for those lucky enough to live in Southern Florida), but what impact does all this snow and ice have on your supply chain? "The weather does not have to be extreme in order to have a negative impact on cash flows. Sometimes it is merely enough for it to be uncommon, unseasonal or even unexpected," noted Karsten Berlage, global head of weather risk management at Allianz Risk Transfer (ART), one of Allianz's specialty divisions. The impact of our routine weather variation on the U.S. economy could total as much as $534 billion a year, Allianz's reported, in a piece entitled The Weather Business.
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RVCF's Latest Research Opportunities

RVCF remains committed to providing opportunities for both Retailers and Merchandise Suppliers to benchmark their own processes against industry best practices. We are currently working on two (2) important pieces of research and welcome your contributions. As always, your responses will remain strictly confidential and reported only in the aggregate. Each survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and at the conclusion of the research projects we will provide all respondents with an executive summary of the results. Study results and related content will be presented at the RVCF Spring Conference, May 5-7 in Ft. Myers, FL.
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What Are Retail CEOs Doing to Achieve Operational Excellence in a Consumer Driven World?
Leela Rao, GT Nexus


The National Retail Federation (NRF) held its annual show in New York last month. The consensus was that retail is evolving at a faster rate than ever before. Hot topics included private label, global expansion, and the latest in digital innovation. A particularly riveting session focused on the concerns of today's retailing CEOs - what keeps them up at night? Forbes recently published a survey conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers to take the pulse of over 400 retail CEOs, revealing top-of-mind concerns for 2014.1
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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 Advance Auto Parts, Alternative Apparel, California Label Products, Eton, Inc. and Meijer.
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A Routed Export by Any Other Name...
Melissa Miller Proctor, Esq., Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A.

On February 6, 2014, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") published its proposed rule to clarify and rename the so-called "routed export transaction" in its regulations. The Export Administration Regulations apply to the vast majority of merchandise that is sold in the United States, covering purely commercial items as well as items that have both military and commercial applications. This proposed rule would impact U.S. manufacturers, retailers and e-commerce merchants that market their products internationally typically in Ex-Works transactions. U.S. companies are urged to take note of the BIS' proposed rule and assess how it may impact their current sales and operations. This is also an opportune time for companies to evaluate their current "routed export" sales and confirm that they squarely comply with the U.S. export requirements.
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Retail Convergence: Three Trends to Watch for in 2014
Dwight D. Hill, The Retail Advisory LLC


Store and E-commerce Leaders: What does your store of the future look like, and how do you plan to capitalize on the convergence of the channels?

Store, E-commerce and Marketing Leaders: How do you intend to make your stores "smarter" and capitalize upon your customer's shopping patterns and behaviors?

Retail C-suite Executives: What element of the customer experience will you choose to improve in 2014?
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Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: Top 7 Reasons Companies Outsource their Warehouse Needs
Scott Weiss, Taylored Services

No longer is the logistics industry characterized by smaller, unsophisticated companies. Today's successful integrated logistics provider is a dynamic firm utilizing a combination of systems, facilities, transportation, and material handling techniques. It is managed and staffed with logistics professionals. Very often, it is better qualified than its clients to perform the production distribution function.
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Multi-Variable Mayhem
David K. Schneider, David K. Schneider & Co.


The trouble with managing inventory is the many variables that affect stock levels.  This balancing act is hard to do because there are so many different variables that influence decisions.
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IMS Results Count

"Everything is possible until it's not." Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Creatures of habit get squashed by the steamroller called "change"
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