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  September 2014
In this Issue...

Digging Up Our Roots

The Value of Pre-Deduction Notifications

An Industry That Is Upside Down? Supply Chain Risks Abound

How Retailers Can Win Over the Elusive Millennial Shopper

7 Key Issues Effecting Port Drayage Efficiency

New Member Spotlight

It's in the Bag - California Expected to Become the First to Enact a Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

The Department Store: Innovator, Survivor, or Both?

Improve Label Quality by Choosing the Right Print Method

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Biggest Supply Chain Challenges of 2014

Collaboration 2.0: The Empowered Supply Chain

Enterprise Application Integration

True Unit Costing: Looking Past China

In-Transit Cargo Crime Impacting The Retail Supply Chain

Should I use a 3PL Outside the NYC Commercial Zone?

Automation and Software Integration with Rocket BlueZone

Four Best Practices to Improve Quality in the Supply Chain

The Art of Collaborative Procurement!

The Hype & The Real Truth About The Generational Differences


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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Digging Up Our Roots

RVCF LogoOur "Root Causes for Retail Deductions Workshop" was such a success! It was so good to get back to our roots, helping the vendor community better understand the reasons for allowable retail deductions; what a great turn out! Whether the issue was tag or label failures, VAS, early or late shipments, shortages, we got into the thick of things!

Salsify Whitepaper

Strong product content management is essential for collaboration across the retail supply chain. This whitepaper discusses key observations surrounding causes and consequences of inaccurate product information, challenges with addressing the problem, and requirements a solution must have to capitalize on product content management.

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The Value of Pre-Deduction Notifications

Chargebacks are a frustrating reality in the world of retail.

The key benefit of a pre-deduction notification is that it gives suppliers the opportunity to identify and correct an issue before anything else is shipped. This is extremely important if the supplier has other purchase orders with similar issues in the queue. If the problem is fixed before those orders ship, the supplier can avoid additional chargebacks.

Yusen, We Have a Problem!: An Industry That Is Upside Down? Supply Chain Risks Abound
Ron Marotta, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

Ever feel that your world is spinning out of control and the day-to-day work life of managing your supply chain is forever changing. It's not a perception but reality. Here are just some of the issues being faced in the supply chain today.

How Retailers Can Win Over the Elusive Millennial Shopper
Leela Rao, GT Nexus

The elusive millennial is sought after by all retailers. Millennials aren't just hanging out at the mall - their hangouts are on Google and other social platforms. Millennials are today what baby boomers were in the past - the pursued, rising spend category where retailers spent their precious marketing dollars. Right now, millennials make up about 25% of the U.S. workforce and spend about $600 billion a year, according to a recent Accenture report.1 Still, two major factors keep this coveted generation farther out of reach than their boomer counterparts.

Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: 7 Key Issues Effecting Port Drayage Efficiency
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group

Timely pick-up of your imported product at the Ports can sometimes be the difference between meeting your customer's designated arrival date or receiving a deduction from your invoice for a late shipment. Now more than ever, a range of new pressures and forces have been at work at ports, so here are seven existing issues that you need to really know about.

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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 members Beall's and Bauer Hockey.

It's in the Bag - California Expected to Become the First to Enact a Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags
Melissa Miller Proctor, Esq., Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A.

California may soon become the first U.S. state to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags. SB-270 ("Solid Waste: Single-Use Carryout Bags") was passed by the California Senate late last month by a vote of 22 to 15 and has been forwarded to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. SB-270 must be signed into law no later than September 30, 2014. Although similar ordinances have already been implemented in eighty-seven (87) cities and municipalities throughout California, this is the first law to be enacted statewide in the United States.

The Department Store: Innovator, Survivor, or Both?
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP

The debate about the survivability of the department store has largely abated over the past few years with many retailers emerging from the great recession a lot leaner, more nimble, and, in some cases, creating innovative service models. On a global basis the department store model has managed to maintain relevance as a destination for brands, one stop shopping, and social activity. In fact, the category as a whole is providing several interesting examples of customer experience innovation from luxury to the middle market.

Improve Label Quality by Choosing the Right Print Method

Smudges. Smears. White spots. Strike-throughs. Creases. These are the enemies of label legibility. More specifically, they make barcodes unreadable. They cause frustration, waste time and cost money when high-speed, automated scanning is replaced by manual reconciliation.

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