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  August 2014
 
In this Issue...


What's on Your Mind?

The Customer Experience is Always Right

New Analyst Research Sites Gap in End-to-End Buying Cycle

New Member Spotlight

U.S. and EU Economic Sanctions against Russia Continue to Heat Up

Enterprise Application Integration of EDI Data - Automate or Customize?

Experiential Retailing 2.0

Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: Taking a Lesson from Abraham Lincoln




Upcoming Events

Root Causes for Retail Deductions Workshop
9/10-11/2014
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe

Retailer Open Forum
9/11/2014
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
9/12/2014
Conference Call

Retailer Open Forum
10/9/2014
Conference Call

2014 Fall Conference
11/2-5/2014
Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Conference

 



Complimentary Resources

RVCF Live LINK: Listen Now

True Unit Costing: Looking Past China

In-Transit Cargo Crime Impacting The Retail Supply Chain

Should I use a 3PL Outside the NYC Commercial Zone?

Automation and Software Integration with Rocket BlueZone

Four Best Practices to Improve Quality in the Supply Chain

The Art of Collaborative Procurement!

The Hype & The Real Truth About The Generational Differences

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:
What's on Your Mind?


RVCF LogoI signed on this morning after a week of vacation. Summertime tends to be slow in my type of business as many of our members are vacationing as well. Like 900 million other people, I clicked on Facebook to see what happened over the last seven days. The first thing I noticed was the cursor blinking with the words, "What's on your mind?"
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UPCOMING EVENT:
RVCF 2014 Annual Fall Conference


The Customer Experience is Always Right
Jeff Rauscher, Redwood Software, Inc.


The retail landscape is continuously changing. With a renewed focus on customer experience, companies like Amazon entice customers with expanding same-day delivery. Online concepts like the Dollar Shave Club1 highlight customer service and value with a simple concept. All of these innovators in retail depend on a fast, accurate and efficient supply chain to support their innovative approaches. According to Gartner's Supply Chain Top 25 for 20142.
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New Analyst Research Sites Gap in End-to-End Buying Cycle
Leela Rao, GT Nexus


Retailers are always looking for ways to improve their business. Some changes are apparent to final end consumers, like website updates, launch of mobile apps and more speedy delivery options; but what about back-end improvements that happen behind the scenes? Operational investments can save retailers millions in operational expenditures by squeezing cost out of their supply chains, streamlining their international trade operations and injecting financing where appropriate. When retailers have complete visibility and transparency for themselves and their entire trading community, they know they can reap real benefits.
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PRESS RELEASE: RVCF Annual Fall Conference Promises Direct Collaboration between Suppliers and Retailers

Retail Prophet Founder Doug Stephens to Deliver Keynote Entitled "The Future of Retail"

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Merchandise suppliers and retailers will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face to strengthen relationships and discuss important issues and initiatives when the Retail Value Chain Federation hosts its Annual Fall Conference. The conference, themed "ICE in the Desert: Innovation, Collaboration, Execution," will be held from November 2-5, 2014 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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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 Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Source Logistics, Stony Apparel, and UPS Customer Solutions.
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U.S. and EU Economic Sanctions against Russia Continue to Heat Up
Melissa Miller Proctor, Esq., Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A.

As reported in previous issues of this newsletter, more sanctions against Russia have been rolled out by the United States and the European Union in response to Russia's continued support of separatists in the Ukraine. The latest news reports indicate that Russia has amassed roughly 20,000 troops on the eastern border with the Ukraine and NATO Secretary-General Anders Rogh Rasmussen has stated that there is a high probability that Russia will soon invade the Ukraine under the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid. Companies operating in the Ukraine and Russia are urged to closely monitor this volatile situation as even more sanctions against Russia are likely to be put into place by the U.S. and EU as tensions continue to rise.
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Enterprise Application Integration of EDI Data - Automate or Customize?
Carol Weidner, eZCom Software

No doubt about it, integrating the solutions that facilitate your supply chain - what analysts call "Enterprise Application Integration" - can exponentially streamline your trading processes. Even the smartest, most automated supply chain management application loses value when it operates in a silo. Lack of communication between software solutions leads to multiple inefficiencies: replication of data in multiple locations, overinvestment of time and resources in managing processes that could be automated, and increased audits and errors.
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Experiential Retailing 2.0
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP


The continued growth of e-commerce, the customer, and the drive for differentiation are all forces that are forcing many retailers to question the role of their stores. How can the store be reinvented to combine elements of the physical and digital worlds? Can the store function as both a place of convenience for customers but also a spot to linger and experience the brand? These are questions retailers are asking as the store, once the singular channel for the majority of retailers, is evolving into an entity that is part product showcase, part window into the digital realm, and part brand experience.
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Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: Taking a Lesson from Abraham Lincoln
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group


Perhaps you have seen the famous picture of President Abraham Lincoln standing on the battle field conferring with his Generals. He is in front of a tent, wearing his tuxedo and top hat and in between two uniformed men. One of his Generals is on his right and a lieutenant is standing to the left of him.
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