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All About Retail Compliance: The Supplier's Guide to the Retail Supply Chain

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 14, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

by RVCF


Can you go to Google to search for information about the retail supply chain and compliance? Of course you can. But you'll probably see a list of dozens of resources, each with different terminology, definitions and best practices.

That's why the Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF) created "All About Retail Compliance," a comprehensive reference for anyone connected to compliance in the retail supply chain. We've blended a comprehensive list of retailer requirements with industry standards and our decades of combined experience in the retail supply chain to develop this guide. And the next step is to turn "All About Retail Compliance" into a wiki that is continually and collaboratively updated to reflect the latest industry trends, terms and technology.

What is RFID and how can I benefit from it? What is a GS1-128 label and how is it used? What financial terms do I need to know? What does "floor ready" mean? What is EDI and how does it work? What corporate policies and legal requirements are included in compliance guides and how do they affect me?

Our audience will be able to find answers to these and hundreds of other questions related to the retail supply chain, from locating and prioritizing standards, to definitions of industry terms and acronyms, to step-by-step explanations of processes and best practices. "All About Retail Compliance" not only serves as a one-stop source of information, but it also explains how to apply this knowledge so you can improve supply chain performance and operational efficiency, reduce errors, and maximize profits.

As comprehensive as "All About Retail Compliance" is, RVCF is looking to expand it and make it available in a big way. We're calling on service providers to contribute to this valuable resource by sharing their expertise about specific topics that are relevant to the retail supply chain. For example, you could contribute a detailed guide about RFID that covers what it is, primary use cases, and best practices for implementation. You can even include success stories that show how the information that you're presenting is being used in real-world situations. Your expertise would help us build upon the foundation we've already laid and provide a much needed online encyclopedia of all things supply chain related.

We also want to use this content to develop training webinars. Instead of having superiors train new employees or employees from other departments, RVCF could provide the training in a very flexible, cost-efficient manner. Suppliers would simply search for a topic of interest and get the training they need by viewing an on-demand webinar.

Contributing to "All About Retail Compliance" represents a tremendous opportunity for service providers as supply chain professionals read your content and seek assistance in that particular area. Service providers who contribute content will be afforded the opportunity to advertise on pages of the wiki that coincide with their areas of expertise. Advertisements will also appear in daily Compliance Clearinghouse e-mails, which alert suppliers to new and updated retailer requirements. For example, if the e-mail includes an update to a retailer's GS1-128 labeling requirement, we will place an ad within the alert that promotes the content from the service provider that can help the supplier meet the new requirement – a win-win!

Everyone benefits when service providers contribute to "All About Retail Compliance." Service Providers establish their expertise, position themselves as thought leaders, and can generate business leads from their content and ongoing advertising opportunities. Suppliers benefit from having a more robust resource of information so they are better prepared to meet retailer requirements. Retailers benefit from fewer compliance violations and less disruption to the flow of goods. And consumers benefit because they get the product they want, when they want it, and how they want it.

In order to take the "All About Retail Compliance" initiative to the next level, we need the support and contributions of as many service providers as possible. Tell us what topics you would like to cover. Ask us what topics are searched most frequently. If you have something completely new to bring to the table, let us know. To request participation or learn more, contact Evie Hooper at ehooper@rvcf.com.


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