Better Onboarding Is a Path to Better Supplier Performance
Large retailers are constantly looking for new suppliers who have new and unique products that aren't carried by competitors. At the same time, young suppliers are eager to get their products into the stores of major retailers. Over the course of a year, large retailers, especially major department stores and apparel retailers, may onboard 100 or more suppliers.
(How To) Do the Work
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.
Not thinking in terms of one's job or place of employment, explain the physical process known as "work." It is a word that many understand, conceptually, but cannot articulate a true definition.
How Do Retailers Handle the Summer Sun?
Leela Rao-Kataria, GT Nexus
It's the beginning of summer and, while shoppers are excited to shed heavy coats and turtlenecks in exchange for summer shorts and tank tops, retailers actually find this time of year one of the most difficult to manage from an inventory perspective. Most people don't realize that the majority of promotional retail holidays fall within the summer months. Mother's and Father's Days are the 3rd and 6th largest retail holidays respectively, falling just behind back-to-school, which is second only to Christmastime holidays. Couple those promotional times with Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day Sales, and retailers have to drive customers to their stores and websites using sales and discount offerings to be competitive.
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.
Ask a 3PL Expert: Combating Shortages
Q. We have been receiving chargebacks claiming short shipments. What systems can we put in place to get these reversed in the future?
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A Brief Perspective on Customer Experience Measurement
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP
Measuring, analyzing, and most importantly acting on customer experience insights certainly should be a strategic priority for any retailer or customer-facing brand. Those that have either misjudged their customer, or worse, failed to measure the experience, risk becoming part of a dubious group that could be doomed to failure.
New U.S. Policy toward Cuba - How the Recent Changes May Forecast Greater Opportunities for U.S. Companies
Melissa A. Miller Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.
It has been a little over six months since President Obama formally announced his intent to improve the United States' trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba, stating that -
[T]he United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interest and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our countries.1
EDI on the Edge: MTO Collaborations May Be the "Next Big Thing"
Carol Weidner, eZCom Software
People like it how they like it. And although this truth rings especially true with consumers, bespoke and customized items have traditionally remained the domain of the privileged few. The recent increase in both technological possibilities and consumer expectations, however, has led to the mainstreaming of "mass customization" - the making-to-order of everything from shoes and bicycles, to DVD's and dolls.
The Great Canadian Expansion: Lessons Learned from Target's Failure
Many U.S. retailers looking to capitalize on new markets have set their sights on the less-saturated Great White North. After all, our Canadian friends speak the same language and are familiar with many American retail brands. Many cross the border to shop at their stores. The close proximity to Canada would allow for the use of domestic supply chain assets to help facilitate expansion.
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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!