The Anomaly Family
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.
When delving into the practical aspects of Kaizen, one of the most effective uses of standardization and creating/following rules is to illuminate anomalies. If processes are standardized and every operator in the gemba is following the rules, if something happens out of the normal set of operating guidelines, it is going to stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. These divergences from the norm reveal opportunities for improvement.
Consumers are Leading the Way to Sustainability - Are Retailers Following?
Leela Rao-Kataria, GT Nexus
April was a significant month in the global movement towards sustainability. Earth Day fell on April 22nd, which automatically brought attention to this issue. But coupled with the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse and the recent earthquake in Nepal, people are now paying even more attention to how products are sourced and what the repercussions are for producing these products.
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: Compliance and Your New 3PL
Q. We are in the process of transitioning our business to a new warehouse provider in the Seattle area and have many questions about setting up routing guide compliance with our new 3PL. What format should I use to provide my new 3PL with customer compliance requirements?
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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 member TOMS Shoes Inc.
The Relevancy and Irrelevancy of the Store: A Study in Contrasts
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP
The pace of retail innovation we are seeing continues to accelerate. Our annual publication, "Retail Innovations 10 - A Decade of Innovation,"1 highlights many fascinating examples of retailers pushing the boundaries of the retail and customer experience. These innovators include both large established brands like Argos in the U.K., opening a new digital store format that is both showroom and distribution center to supplement their established catalog business, to smaller e-commerce pure play retailers like Trunk Club, now opening physical stores. This always brings me back to the questions asked by many of our clients:
Defending a California Proposition 65 Matter by Relying on the Safe Harbor Defense
Melissa Jones, Stoel Rives, LLP
There are many misconceptions about California's Proposition 65 ("Prop 65"), one of which is the mistaken belief that if a product contains a chemical listed pursuant to Prop 65, a Proposition 65 warning is always required. The law, however, is more complex and a company that has received a 60-Day Notice of Violation (the precursor to a Prop 65 lawsuit) should consider whether it can establish that it did not need to provide a Proposition 65 warning pursuant to the "warning exemption," also known as the "Safe Harbor defense."
Omni-channel Retailing for Suppliers: Turning Order Management into a Strategic Business Tool
Carol Weidner, eZCom Software
Omni-channel retailing calls for seamlessly and efficiently meeting the needs of customers at every stage and every touchpoint in the retail process. As this paradigm becomes increasingly entrenched as the dominant way retailers do business, suppliers must adapt to remain competitive. Efficiency is the name of the game. The key is to find ways to dramatically streamline all order management processes while still remaining agile, compliant and keeping costs down. This is a tall order, but suppliers that succeed will not only maintain their trading partnerships, but can expect closer relationships with their current retail partners, opportunities with new partners, and an overall increase in business.
Beyond "Likes" and Coupons: The Impact of Social Media on Retail
Recent research from Business Insider found that Americans spend more of their online time using social media than anything else. 60 percent of social time is spent on smartphones and tablets1.
According to Internet Retailer's 2015 Social Media 500 study, purchases totaling $3.3 billion were directly influenced by social media in 2014, up 26 percent from 2013.2 Drilling down to a much more specific example, a study from Netbase and Edison Research found that 3 in 10 American women consult Facebook when making a purchasing decision about professional clothing.3
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!