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  April 2015
 
In this Issue...

An Open Letter to Executives Whose Companies Sell to Retailers

Phase 2 of the Trading Partner Interface of the Future Takes Shape

There are 5 S's in SUCCESSES(S)

The Retail Theory of Everything

Ask a 3PL Expert: We Chose a 3PL - What Next?

Putting First Things First: Defining the Customer Journey and Why It Is Essential to Any Type of Retailing - Omni-channel or Not!

Personal Liability for Customs Violations? How the Trek Leather Case May Impact Board Members, Officers and Compliance Professionals

Omni-channel Retailing for Suppliers: Integrating Order Management

Are You Prepared to Overcome Supply Chain Disruptions?

Tackling Disruptive Forces through Industry Collaboration



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6/12/2015
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Biggest Supply Chain Challenges of 2014

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
An Open Letter to Executives Whose Companies Sell to Retailers


RVCF LogoI've had discussions with people that manage or own businesses that sell to retailers where they tell me they have chargebacks under control and there's no reason to spend money fixing something that's not broken. Maybe they do, but maybe they're not asking the right questions internally. On average, an RVCF membership costs your firm $3,700.00 annually. With that number in mind, go to your order management team and ask the following questions:
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2015 RVCF Fall Conference

Due to unplanned construction at the JW Desert Ridge, RVCF felt it best to avoid any disruption to our guests and have relocated to the JW Camelback Inn for the 2015 Annual Fall Conference.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Phase 2 of the Trading Partner Interface of the Future Takes Shape
RVCF

In 2014, RVCF launched the Trading Partner Interface of the Future initiative with the goal of advancing the concept of a neutral, cloud-based platform in which data could flow between trading partners without human intervention. All stakeholders would have visibility into current, complete, accurate data through a configurable, next-generation portal. This would allow for the automation of product set-up, supplier onboarding, planning and forecasting, order management, replenishment, payment and reconciliation, returns, and end-of-product lifecycle.
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There are 5 S's in SUCCESSES(S)
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.


There's an infamous tale told 'round the Logistics Summer Campfire: The Mystery of the Vagabond Forklift. In the olden days, folks didn't seem to mind too much about organization or putting things in their proper place and most shifts at this warehouse ended like The Flintstones: a whistle would blow, drivers would shout "yabba dabba doo!" (not really) and jump off their lifts, then they'd run toward the door and clock out into the great blue yonder. The machines would remain where they were last used and the incoming shift would go on an Easter egg hunt for forklifts. Six rooms, twenty lifts and ten minutes of scrambling... per shift... per day. The inefficiency of it all compounded like interest on a car loan.
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The Retail Theory of Everything
Leela Rao-Kataria, GT Nexus


The Theory of Everything is the Oscar winning movie that is surprisingly relatable to retail executives. If Stephen Hawking had to find a central thread to connect the entire universe, then he has a lot in common with today's retail executives who are trying to connect a single brand experience through diverse channels. What they don't understand is that it's not about offering everything to everyone, it's about finding a point of connection between what the retailer has and what the consumer wants. Identifying that point of connection will ultimately result in success for the retailer. Here are a few examples of what made retailers successful in connecting the dots from product to purchase.
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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: We Chose a 3PL - What Next?

Q. After a lengthy RFP process, our company has selected a new logistics provider for our Southern California warehouse and order fulfillment needs. What should we keep in mind when we bring the new 3PL on-board?
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2015 RVCF Spring Conference

Retailer-Supplier One-on-One Meetings Scheduling Soon.

Don't miss your opportunity to meet with over 18 leading retailers.

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Putting First Things First: Defining the Customer Journey and Why It Is Essential to Any Type of Retailing - Omni-channel or Not!
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP


Most retailers believe they know their customers - understanding what type of shopper they are and what triggers will likely yield a response to a promotion or advertisement of some type. Indeed this is true in many cases. Retailers are also developing ever-greater degrees of sophistication in determining the right level of e-mail or website offers required to entice a purchase, where programs can be managed and reviewed with precision. In addition, most e-commerce organizations can explicitly show the most common paths to purchase through the website.
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Personal Liability for Customs Violations? How the Trek Leather Case May Impact Board Members, Officers and Compliance Professionals
Melissa A. Miller Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.


Many a board member, officer and compliance professional have begun to lose a little more sleep than usual as a result of the U.S. v. Trek Leather case.1 In September 2014, the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit ("Federal Circuit") held that individuals "introducing" imported goods into the United States may be held personally liable for violations of the U.S. customs laws and regulations. The following provides a detailed analysis of U.S. v. Trek Leather for those wanting a greater understanding of how this case may impact importers and the individuals that serve them.
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Omni-channel Retailing for Suppliers: Integrating Order Management
Carol Weidner, eZCom Software


Today's consumers expect maximum convenience, lower prices, a wide selection, and the ability to receive merchandise quickly. As retailers strive to seamlessly and efficiently meet the needs of customers at every stage and every touchpoint in the retail process, i.e. adopt an omni-channel paradigm, their supplier partners must support them or risk losing business.
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2015 RVCF Spring Conference


Are You Prepared to Overcome Supply Chain Disruptions?
RVCF


In last month's issue of RVCF Link, we discussed the labor dispute involving the major West Coast container ports and its effect on the retail industry. Although an agreement was reached, serious issues remain, and the disruptions caused by this close call with disaster have caused the retail industry to look at the impact of supply chain disruptions as a whole with renewed focus.
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Tackling Disruptive Forces through Industry Collaboration
Melanie Nuce, GS1 US


Businesses today are challenged with constant disruption - and the retail industry is no exception. Every day, suppliers and retailers alike face pressures to innovate by bridging the gap between consumer expectations and supply chain realities.

The task of coming up to speed on something as game-changing as omni-channel retailing may seem like a tall order, but it is certainly not insurmountable with the solutions and support available to both sides of the retail community. As a whole, the industry is evolving into this new era of commerce and industry collaboration provides the opportunity to lead innovation rather than arduously playing catch-up.
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2015 Retail Deductions Workshop

Managing Retail Deductions Workshop Registration Now Open

Join us for a full day workshop as we dig deep into Retail Deductions, including Prevention, Management and Resolution. Then, see where it all happens at the Dynamic Worldwide Consolidation Center. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

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