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  October 2015

Upcoming Events

Webinar - Evolution of the Trading Partner Interface of the Future - Phase Two
Virtual Event

2015 Fall Conference
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa


Complimentary Resources

The State of Retailer-Supplier Collaboration: The Retailer's Perspective

How 3PLs Can Help with Small Business Growth

The 13 Steps to a Successful Retail Vendor Compliance Program

Best Practices to Automate Order-to-Cash

The State of Retailer - Supplier Collaboration: The Supplier's Perspective

RFID in Retail Planning Guide

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Retailers Want Collaboration. Suppliers Want Forgiveness. What Gives?

RVCF LogoThe Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF) recently completed two whitepapers on the state of retailer-supplier collaboration. Last month, I participated in a town hall meeting about the same topic with the folks at Supply Chain Digest. We have our monthly conference calls and I speak with retailer and suppliers every single day.


JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is SOLD OUT and our overflow hotel, Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, has a VERY limited number of room nights left at the RVCF group rate of $169. Conference attendees MUST book a room by October 16th, which is the cut-off date for our group rate.

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas
6333 North Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
P: 480-315-2254

Call the number above and mention RVCF for the group rate.


Best Practices for Communicating Retailer Requirement Changes

The Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF) monitors the compliance guides, websites and portals of approximately 140 retailers on a daily basis so we can notify suppliers of changes to requirements through the Compliance Clearinghouse. If there is one thing we can say with confidence, it is that every retailer has room to improve when it comes to communicating changes.

Yusen, We Have a Problem: The ABC's of PDCA: Part 3 - CHECK, Please!!! - OR - We Can Learn a Lot from Hollywood
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

Continuing our PDCA Journey...

There's a moment in a lot of movies; a couple are at dinner - perhaps a first date - and something happens. One of them says something or does something and the other has a revelation, "WOW! This is going great! Let's take it to the next level." Or, "WOW! This is not working out. Let's cut our losses and run." Either epiphany, the exclamation is always the same - "CHECK, please!" - and it's comic gold. It's not (entirely) coincidental that the moment in PDCA where either the new process works or doesn't is called the "Check" phase.

Ask a 3PL Expert: Why Attend Conferences?
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group

Q. I am on the fence on attending the RVCF Annual Fall Conference. I have never attended before and want to go, but my boss is asking me why I think I should go. Can you give me some reasons?
Read the answer...

RFID Tagging: Retailing's Win-Win
Carol Weidner, eZCom Software

Many have predicted RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tagging, or automatic identification and tracking through electromagnetic fields, as key to the future of retailing. With major retailers' completion of highly successful pilot programs, that future has arrived. Although any new technology has its challenges, RFID promises significant advantages in an omni-channel landscape - and benefits for both retailers and suppliers.

The Holidays Are Coming: Are You Ready?
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP

The air is crisp, the holiday trim boutiques have been up for weeks, and the cottage industry of sales predictions by all the pundits is well in gear. Holiday sales predictions this year are coming in around +4% depending on your source, slightly less than last year's 5.2% gain. Will this holiday season be frightful or delightful for retailers? It's anyone's guess, but we offer a list of facts retailers need to be aware of going into Holiday 2015.

Continued Easing of Trade and Travel Restrictions on Cuba
Melissa Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.

In December 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would initiate diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba for the first time in decades. U.S. companies then saw a succession of new developments including revisions to certain travel and trade restrictions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") and the Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS"), the removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and the opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. On September 21, 2015, the BIS and OFAC made additional changes to the requirements for dealings with Cuba. Even though these changes show movement toward more liberalization of the rules, the embargo is still in place. Only new legislation will lift it completely. The following outlines the recommended initial steps for U.S. companies as well as some of the key new rules for dealing with Cuba.

How to Simplify Requirement Updates and Alerts

In another article in this issue of RVCF Link, we discussed best practices for communicating with retailer requirements. Many of our mid-tier retailer members struggle to post changes to their requirements in real time or they have trouble communicating with their supplier base effectively. Most of these retailers need to wait for assistance from in-house IT departments that are stretched too thin or they have to go through an outside service. Suppliers face similar challenges when communicating changes to their factories.


Selling Direct Works for Branded Manufacturers
Nathan Munn for InterTrade

The business of branded manufacturing has changed dramatically in recent years. The growing popularity of online shopping coupled with exponential adoption of mobile technology by everyday consumers is driving a fundamental shift in how, when and where people make purchases. From brick-and-mortar stores to direct-to-consumer online sales, the options for manufacturers to bring their products to market are more varied than ever before.

Reshoring Consumer Product Manufacturing Benefits Retailer, Manufacturer and Consumer
Harry Moser, Reshoring Initiative

The current global economic unrest makes this an excellent time for companies to reevaluate their sourcing decisions. Companies are finding that when they decide based on total cost, the scales are tipping more and more in favor of U.S. manufacturing. Manufacturers are finding ways to profitably produce a broader range of better quality goods with fewer headaches and lower total cost than offshore production. As the U.S. manufacturing base continues to recover, the benefits are spread across the field, not only to the manufacturer but also to the consumer, the retailer and the U.S. economy.

Five Shipping Strategies for a Successful Holiday Season
Alan Hopper, ProShip Inc.

Today's consumers want instant satisfaction, particularly during the hectic holiday season. Although some busy seasons peak earlier than others, retailers all have the same goal in mind - customer satisfaction. That means on-time delivery at a competitive cost.

With these five effective shipping tips, retailers can prepare for increased volumes, ensure timely deliveries and implement cost efficient processes for the holiday season and beyond.

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