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  November 2014
 
In this Issue...


A Year-End Message to Brands and Merchandise Suppliers

A Recap of the RVCF Annual Fall Conference

Yusen, We Have a Problem!: Kaizen is NOT a Four Letter Word

Lessons from the World of Ants: Keys to Transformation and Survival

Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: Omni-Channel - hanging the Way Retailers Do Business

"Made in the USA" - But Then Again, Maybe Not

Digital Innovations Being Unwrapped for Holiday 2014

Longshore Union's Job Actions Spread from Pacific Northwest to Nation's Largest Port Complex in Southern California

 


Upcoming Events

Retailer Open Forum
12/4/2014
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
12/12/2014
Conference Call

2015 Spring Conference
5/3-6/2015
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
Conference

Save the Date

2015 Fall Conference
11/8-11/2015
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Conference

 


Complimentary Resources

RVCF Live LINK: Listen Now

Biggest Supply Chain Challenges of 2014

Collaboration 2.0: The Empowered Supply Chain

Enterprise Application Integration

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

 

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
A Year-End Message to Brands and Merchandise Suppliers


RVCF LogoHaving fun yet? The retail industry is going through an evolutionary cycle, once again. Let me recap, back in the '90's retailers started to rollout their vendor compliance guidelines that included newly agreed upon floor ready requirements, e.g., casepack labels, product tags, UPC's, specific hanger types, GOH, polybag usage, etc. With the Millennium, CPFR, color-by-size, labels on shoes - just craziness. Then you have packaging, multi-packs, assortment packs, 6 to a pack, 12 to a pack, different required configurations, or, simply, your factory changed the configuration without you noticing. Shrink Wrap vs. no Shrink Wrap, new pallets vs. recycled pallets - one could lose their mind in distribution.

Bring it forward to 2015.
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A Recap of the RVCF Annual Fall Conference
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450 attendees representing retailers, brands and service providers came together for the Retail Value Chain Federation's Annual Fall Conference, held November 2-5, 2014 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. As always, the goal of the conference was to facilitate collaboration between retailers and suppliers and discuss ways to move the industry forward, focusing on inventory visibility and integrity and supplier performance.
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Yusen, We Have a Problem!:
Kaizen is NOT a Four Letter Word

Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.


There's a common refrain one hears when broaching the subject of Kaizen to a neophyte, "Im just too focused on our day-to-day operations to really concentrate on continuous improvement at this time." This is tantamount to saying, "I'm too busy chasing cows to repair this broken fence."
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Lessons from the World of Ants: Keys to Transformation and Survival
Suhas Sreedhar, GT Nexus


How does any business deal with losing the very habitat that made it successful? Do you go after new markets to hunt down more revenue? Abandon your overgrowth to cut costs? Pivot focus and become an entirely new business?1 There are companies out there employing all those strategies. But changing for the better doesn't have to be so dramatic. Instead of questioning their very reason for existing, many businesses are examining their diets instead. Supply chains, the fuel of industries, can make or break a company's success.
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Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: Omni-Channel - Changing the Way Retailers Do Business
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group


The concept of omni-channel is revolutionizing retail. Omni-channel is multi-channel approach to sales that seeks to provide the customer with a seamless shopping experience whether the customer is shopping online from a desktop or mobile device, by telephone, in a brick-and-mortar store, etc.

To survive and thrive in the new era of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retailers are in the process of reinventing themselves. As they do so, omni-channel commerce is driving them to address a whole set of new logistics and fulfillment challenges.
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"Made in the USA" - But Then Again, Maybe Not
Melissa Miller Proctor, Esq., Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A.

In late October, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed against Nordstrom and AG Adriano Goldschmied that shines a spotlight on the apparent conflict between the "Made in the USA" rules enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and the version that was enacted by the state of California. The plaintiff in Paz v. AG Adriano Goldschmied, Inc. et al1 alleges that a pair of jeans he purchased in a Nordstrom store in San Diego was incorrectly labeled "Made in the USA" because, although assembled in the United States, the jeans contained imported fabrics, components and trim items. Accordingly, the plaintiff argues that the "Made in the USA" label is a deceptive marking that violates Section 17533.7 of the California Business and Professions Code. In their motion to dismiss the case, both Nordstrom and AG Adriano Goldschmied argued that the lawsuit was preempted by federal law.
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Digital Innovations Being Unwrapped for Holiday 2014
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP


Another holiday season is upon us and seemingly for weeks now we have been seeing early hints of the season ahead with some retailers installing Christmas decorations, inventories are piling up, and some advertisements are shouting early "Black Friday" pricing.
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Longshore Union's Job Actions Spread from Pacific Northwest to Nation's Largest Port Complex in Southern California
Courtesy of Dynamic Worldwide


Customer expectations are dictating changes in how they shop from companies, whether you are a retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer. In turn, retail companies are responding with new strategies to present advertising offers, make the sale, and serve the customer. In addition to shopping in-store, customer orders can come from e-Commerce sites, call centers, in-store kiosks, tablets, smart phones, laptops, etc. The order fulfillment options include shipping customer orders to stores for customer pick-up, shipping orders from stores or fulfillment centers, and drop shipping to customer homes. Providing a convenient shopping experience for an increasingly time-starved customer may be the difference between making a sale or a customer giving the sale to a competitor.
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And The Winners Are...

Maria ScharonMaria Scharon of A.D. Sutton & Sons was the winner of the Apple Macbook Air computer from our conference app contest. When we called Maria, she had this to say:

"I am so excited that I won the Mac book Air, Yay!" Most of all I want to thank the RVCF team for the amazing job they did at the RVCF Conference in The Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. The benefit I received with learning about the new and upcoming technology and process are so valuable to AD Sutton & Sons. The new friends and the networking between Retailers, Colleagues and the Exhibitors are priceless. I look forward to next year conference and celebrating your 15th year anniversary.

Our second place winner for the $100 AMEX Gift Card was Tammy Cooper of New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc.

Congratulations to both of them and thank you to all of you who participated.


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