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  July 2014
 
In this Issue...


A Look Back, A Look Ahead

Time to Put Purchasing Ethics Back on Management's Agenda

Latin America (The New Land for Sourcing and Expansion)

No Strike Necessary: Just the Threat of Labor Stoppage at Ports Causes Supply Chain Headaches for Retailers

Exploring the Benefits of the EU Ecolabel Licensing Program & New Program Eligibility Criteria for Textile and Apparel Articles

In-Transit Cargo Crime Impacting The Retail Supply Chain

A New Era of Retail: e-Commerce = Brick-and-Mortar = e-Commerce

Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: 5 Warning Signs That It Might Be Time for a Change

 


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True Unit Costing: Looking Past China

In-Transit Cargo Crime Impacting The Retail Supply Chain

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The Customer-Centric Supply Chain

9 Steps to Building a Business Case for B2B Integration

Your Playbook for Creating a Winning Data Transmission Service

 

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
A Look Back, A Look Ahead...


RVCF Logo2014 is going by so fast so we had to take a moment to reflect... The Spring Conference was the largest crowd we've had since 2007; seems the retail economy has strengthened over the past few years, or better yet, a need for more collaboration between merchandise suppliers and their retail customers was in order.
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Time to Put Purchasing Ethics Back on Management's Agenda
Bill Michaels and George Cantrell, ADR North America LLC


Ethics are increasingly becoming a key skill set gap, both in domestic and global surveys. When reporting and discussing results of the gap analysis with our clients' senior corporate management, ethics rises to the top of the CEO's list of concerns.
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Latin America (The New Land for Sourcing and Expansion)
Fernando Otalvaro, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.


History is not mistaking when it is time to evaluate the trajectory of the population to look for new horizons and search for opportunities, adventure, expansion and security to continue growing sustainability. From the Americas (North, Central and South), Latin America is the part that continues offering such options together with the advantages, challenges and turbulence this process involves in emerging markets.
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No Strike Necessary: Just the Threat of Labor Stoppage at Ports Causes Supply Chain Headaches for Retailers
Leela Rao, GT Nexus


On July 1st, the fate of many retailers remained in the balance, pending labor negotiations affecting the 20,000 workers at West Coast ports. Remember in 2002, when a breakdown in negotiations resulted in a 10 day lock-out at the West Coast ports? That stoppage was estimated to "have cost the U.S. economy $1 billion a day, and disrupted supply chains for six months" according to Jonathon Gold, Vice President of NRF's Supply Chain and Customs Policy. Reuters published a great article on this very topic "Retailers nervous as West Coast port labor talks running out of time" and the impact it would have if another strike was to occur. The National Retail Federation estimates another 10-day stoppage would result in a loss of 169,000 jobs and cost the U.S. economy $2.1 billion dollars a day.
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Exploring the Benefits of the EU Ecolabel Licensing Program & New Program Eligibility Criteria for Textile and Apparel Articles
Melissa Miller Proctor, Esq., Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A.

A decision was recently published by the European Commission in which new criteria were implemented for textile and apparel products that are eligible for the European Union's Ecolabel program. Qualifying textile and apparel articles are those that were subject to environmentally friendly production practices in which the use of chemicals that are hazardous (or potentially hazardous) to public health and the environment were restricted or omitted altogether. Under the newly established criteria, textile and apparel products that may be approved for an Ecolabel license include the following...
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In-Transit Cargo Crime Impacting The Retail Supply Chain
John Tabor, All States Locate

A recent survey of retail security directors showed that almost half of those polled had been the victims of a supply-chain disruption directly related to cargo theft in the past year. This is a significant increase from just five years ago.
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A New Era of Retail: e-Commerce = Brick-and-Mortar = e-Commerce
Dwight D. Hill, The Retail Advisory LLC


The pace of change in retail continues to accelerate. While retail sales have been on the rebound, pressure continues to mount for retailers to deliver a personalized, convenient shopping experience to their customer. E-commerce is continuing to grow at a rate of 13-15% per year, a much faster pace than traditional brick-and-mortar retail, which is in the 3-5% annual range. The customer is demanding a seamless experience across the web, mobile, social and brick-and-mortar. In fact, according to Forrester Research,1 53% of all retail sales are influenced by the web, growing from 42% in 2009. Thus, all retailers need to be considering how to develop their cross-channel capabilities - and quickly!
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Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: 5 Warning Signs That It Might Be Time for a Change
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group


Designing and manufacturing a great product with high demand while allowing your company to make a fair profit is challenging enough. Getting your product to market at the right place and at the right time involves many headaches and logistical challenges that can often be overwhelming so here are five signs that it might be time to make a change.
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