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  May 2015

Upcoming Events

Retailer Open Forum
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
Conference Call

Managing Retail Deductions Workshop
Marriott Greensboro-High Point

2015 Fall Conference
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa



Complimentary Resources

RVCF Live LINK: Listen Now

RFID in Retail Planning Guide

2015 Parcel Market Report

STUDY: Trading Partner Interface of the Future

Biggest Supply Chain Challenges of 2014

Collaboration 2.0: The Empowered Supply Chain

Enterprise Application Integration


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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Here It Comes! Our 15th Annual Fall Conference

RVCF LogoThis conference is shaping up to be our best ever! With 45 educational sessions and five workshops covering merchandise and assortment planning for stores and e-commerce and five EDI sessions including EDI for transportation, sales, finance, inventory, e-commerce and supply chain. Plus, we'll be going over improving Asian factory shipping practices; best practices for error-free documentation as it relates to and; RFID; product images and attributes; filling orders from the store and more.

2015 RVCF Fall Conference

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.

Register here.

A Recap of the RVCF Spring Conference

Retailers, suppliers and service providers came together to tackle industry issues and share ideas during the Retail Value Chain Federation's Spring Conference, held May 3-6, 2015 at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, NJ. Like all RVCF events, the Spring Conference gave trading partners the opportunity to meet and collaborate face-to-face during educational programs, panel discussions, breakout sessions, open forums, pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings, networking events and social gatherings.


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.

GS1 Connect 2015


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

2015 Retail Deductions Workshop

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!


Compliance Manager
Amerex Group LLC
New York, NY

Leading Outerwear & Swimwear Clothing Apparel manufacturer, located in mid-town Manhattan, seeks an experienced person to manage compliance issues with its retail customers.

Qualifications Required

  • Independent worker who will effectively interface with members of the production, warehousing and accounts receivable staff
  • Detail oriented with good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with vendor compliance and routing guides
  • Understanding of order execution process (from data entry to shipping)
  • Understanding of Supply Chain Flow (from purchase order to product on selling floor)
  • Strong organizational and computer skills (Excel, MS Office)

Plus Factor Qualifications

  • Experience with Major Apparel Retailers
  • Action oriented self-starter
  • Good people skills and a team player
  • Experience with Blue Cherry ERP software

How to Apply/Contact
Please send resumes to

Accounts Receivable Specialist
New York, NY

Accounts Receivable Specialist for expanding apparel manufacturer

Responsibilities will include:

  • Cash application
  • Chargeback resolution - requires excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Monthly reconciliation
  • Working with factor to obtain credit approvals
  • Collection of open invoices

How to Apply/Contact
Please contact Alan Groginsky by e-mail at

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