RVCF 2019 Fall Conference Overview
By the RVCF Team
Wow, we saw a lot of energy at this year’s RVCF Fall Conference! Always good to be back at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. The group and the facilities fit perfectly.
David Rice DDS, our keynote speaker, gave a passionate talk on managing a business, yet being connected to his team and to be both empathetic to their careers and personal lives.
Then, following David’s presentation, was Dave Schneider of DKS, Co. Inc. Dave has presented a number of times for us over the last 10 years, his session titled: Leveraging More Value out of your E-Commerce Packaging Spend, a hot topic for those companies filling E-Com orders.
Next, Shane Yount’s session titled: Process Based Leadership - Tactical Processes for Sustainable Strategy Execution, session high lights included:
- An effective Execution Process is predicated on a robust Business Acumen Process – The capacity of people to know if they are winning or losing drives both affirmation and execution
- An effective Execution Process frames the narrative of: “What are you doing to move the business forward?”
- An effective Execution Process must remove“ignorance as an excuse and bring visibility to Accountability
To close for Tuesday morning's general session was Ron Marotta, VP of Yusen’s International Division. Ron, a long time RVCF supporter, spoke about Global Risk to supply chains and where there is disruption, the latest trends of where goods are sourced especially with the current trade challenges taking place.
We would also like to thank all session presenters, as well as our Retailers who took the time to present to their merchandise suppliers as well as to dedicate their time to meet one on one with those suppliers. Collaboration between trading partners is so important and the true reason why RVCF exists and will be entering its 20th Anniversary in 2020!
Collaboration by the numbers
During this year's Fall Conference 1:1 Meeting program 26 retailers hosted 686 scheduled meetings with their Merchandise Supplier partners. This speaks volumes about the commitment of both groups to working together to address issues and improve business processes.
The conference had tremendous energy, the general consensus was that everyone was happy to be back at the Camelback and look forward to our 20th Anniversary conference there next year. We are honored to share some of the post conference feedback we received:
"The Fall RVCF had the right combination of education, relationship building and fun."
Sales and Marketing Director, eZCom Software
“The one on one sessions bring the retailer and supplier to a common ground, which leads to better working
relationships and collaboration. The one on one sessions are priceless!”
Manager of Partnership Development, PVH Corporation.
"My first RVCF conference was terrific. Productive venue to meet dozens of vendors face to face enhancing relationships."
Supplier Relationship Management, Hudson's Bay & Saks
From the retailer perspective
Retailers on Monday morning at the conference heard from peers sharing best practices in two different panel sessions. The first on working with your merchant partners focused on internal collaboration involving teaching, partnering, and guiding efforts to effectively influence the merchants understanding and support for collaborative compliance performance management. The second panel discussion, on best practices around compliance management, looked at various methods to better empower the right people in the organization with tools and processes to quickly validate and communicate compliance issues.
Also worth noting, a Wednesday morning session with retailers, suppliers, and service providers explored the challenges each encounters as they work with one another towards higher OTIF performance. The group discussed various processes that work and many that don't. This is helping us to understand the need for a more in-depth analysis of forecasting, PO management, and lead time business practices between trading partners. Look for a RVCF survey around this important topic early in 2020.