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  March 2015
 
In this Issue...

Retail Requirements for 2015 - Product Images and Attributes

West Coast Port Strike Averted, But Problems Remain

Visualization Part Two: WHAT To Do, What To DO?

At the Intersection of Sustainability and Finance: Better Work

Ask a 3PL Expert

The Omni-channel Conundrum: Associate Adoption

Doing Business in California: Hazardous Waste Disposal Can Be Costly for Retailers

Omni-channel Retailing for Suppliers: Successful Drop Ship Fulfillment

Is It Time for Standard Sizing in Apparel?

"SL&C" - Fact or Fiction?



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True Unit Costing: Looking Past China

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Retail Requirements for 2015 - Product Images and Attributes


RVCF LogoProduct images and attributes guidelines and electronic submission requirements are becoming a reality. For years, manufacturers and wholesalers have sent this data via spreadsheets; but with the efforts of Product Images & Data Attributes Workgroup, under the leadership of Anita Spence, Dillard's, and Coby Sparks, J.Reneé, they have developed an "evergreen" guideline for apparel and footwear product attributes. GS1 US along with organizations that have the platforms to collect and transmit UPC's and extended attribute data, will be hosting webinars for vendors on how their data will be tested and transmitted.
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2015 RVCF Fall Conference

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West Coast Port Strike Averted, But Problems Remain

Retailers and merchandise suppliers breathed a short-lived sigh of relief on February 20 as the dockworkers union and the owners of 29 shipping terminals across all major West Coast container ports reached a tentative deal on a new contract. The labor agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) is the culmination of nine months of tense negotiations and enables normal operations to be resumed.
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Visualization Part Two: WHAT To Do, What To DO?
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.


Last month's article introduced the concept of visualization and explored how it can be an effective tool to monitor processes, identify anomalies and keep track of "how we are doing." This month will focus on another equally powerful aspect: visualization as a means of communication. As mentioned previously, the core principle of Kaizen is "Make the Rule, Follow the Rule, Improve the Rule." Visual methods are the simplest yet most effective way to convey said rules and ensure all who enter the gemba are on the same proverbial page. If a picture is worth a thousand words, an arrow is worth a million "Hey you're going the wrong ways."
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At the Intersection of Sustainability and Finance: Better Work
Brian Nella, GT Nexus


In 2007, Better Work was established by two leading international organizations to improve garment workers' lives.

With strong track records in reducing poverty and increasing rights and opportunities where they are needed, these organizations created a roadmap to improve garment working conditions.
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GS1 Connect 2015

The GS1 Connect Conference is your annual opportunity to explore how GS1 Standards can help you improve supply chain visibility, enhance inventory accuracy and deliver omni-channel fulfillment capabilities. Connect with peers, trading partners and solution providers; and get answers from the experts.


 

Ask a 3PL Expert

Q. We use a 3PL in Southern California and, to our surprise, received chargebacks from one of our retailer customers for shipping more than once a week from our distribution center. After researching this further, we found out that our 3PL was not consolidating the shipments for all vendors shipping to the retailer and, as a result, each of the vendors using that 3PL was charged. What should we be doing to address this with the 3PL?
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The Omni-channel Conundrum: Associate Adoption
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP


We hear about more and more retailers daily that are launching new omni-channel programs. From innovative mobile apps (consider the new Neiman Marcus "Snap Find Shop" app using photo recognition technology) to the E-bay-enabled mirrors designer Rebecca Minkoff is launching in her New York stores, we are seeing more retail adoption of technologies that continue to blur the channels.
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Doing Business in California: Hazardous Waste Disposal Can Be Costly for Retailers
Melissa Jones, Stoel Rives, LLP


Retailers that fail to comply with various state and local regulations in California regarding hazardous waste disposal and reporting requirements can face significant penalties. Numerous large and mid-sized retailers have agreed to settle disputes regarding hazardous waste reporting obligations for millions of dollars in recent years. For instance, in the past year alone, a drugstore chain agreed to a $16 million settlement; another drugstore chain (competitor) agreed to a $12 million settlement; a home improvement chain agreed to an $18.1 million settlement; a grocery store chain agreed to a $10 million settlement; and a telecommunications company agreed to a $52 million settlement - all involving alleged failures to comply with hazardous waste disposal and reporting obligations. Other settlements dating back to 2010 have involved many eight figure settlements, including a few over $20 million.
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Omni-channel Retailing for Suppliers: Successful Drop Ship Fulfillment
Carol Weidner, eZCom Software


Giant e-tailers like Amazon and Zappos have forever changed the retailing landscape. Consumers expect and demand maximum convenience, lower prices, a wide array of merchandise to choose from, and the ability to get products quickly. With the increasing pressure and fight for market share, more and more traditional retailers are implementing the omni-channel model to provide customers the best of all worlds. As these retailers endeavor to seamlessly and efficiently meet the needs of customers at every stage and every touchpoint in the retail process, their supplier partners must support them in order to remain competitive.
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Is It Time for Standard Sizing in Apparel?
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Approximately 40 percent of apparel purchased online is returned, according to research from Detecon Consulting. The top reason for returned merchandise, cited by 60 percent of customers, is poor fit, which helps to explain why only seven percent of apparel purchases in the U.S. are made online. Generally speaking, consumers aren't confident about fit unless they try on a garment. When it comes to clothes, they view online shopping as a risk. Many of these concerns can be traced to discrepancies in apparel sizing. A woman could be a size 10 with some brands and a size 12 with others.
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"SL&C - Fact or Fiction?
William J. Augello, Esq.


In the course of researching for my next publication, I discovered cases where carriers and their injured drivers raised "shippers load and count," either as a defense to damaged loads or to personal injury to the driver while unloading a shipment. These cases raise questions as to whether "SL&C" notations are proper based on the facts and the legal effect of such notations.
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