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  November 2015

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Overcoming Obstacles to Retail Supply Chain Efficiency and Vendor Compliance

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

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

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
A Great Fall Conference and the Need for Planning and Forecasting

RVCF LogoWow, what an event! The RVCF Annual Fall Conference brought together 500 retailers, merchandise suppliers and service providers, all of whom were more interested in solutions than a show. The desire of conference attendees to improve business processes and workflows, reduce errors, and increase speed to market in a constantly evolving omni-channel environment is truly inspiring.


Make your reservations now at a special rate of $194 per night by calling the hotel directly at (239) 466-4000 and mentioning the RVCF Conference. Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out or the cut off date of March 28, 2016.

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
17260 Harbour Point Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
P: 239-466-4000

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


A Recap of the 2015 RVCF Annual Fall Conference

Approximately 500 attendees representing retailers, merchandise suppliers and service providers - an attendance increase of about 10 percent from last year's event - gathered for the Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF) Annual Fall Conference, held November 8-11, 2015 at the beautiful JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. The theme of the conference was "Consumer Driven Supply Chain" as industry stakeholders continue to look for better ways to satisfy the ever-increasing demands of the end consumer.

Yusen, We Have a Problem: The ABC's of PDCA: Part 4 - ACT Right
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

What a long strange trip it's been (that's a logistics and a Grateful Dead reference) and with this month's article we will not only complete the PDCA methodology, but also bring to a close our journey through the world of Kaizen.

By this time in your PDCA process, you've PLANned, DOne, CHECKed and have a pretty good idea that you've solved root cause with your well-documented and thoroughly worked problem. You've gathered data, brainstormed and implemented a new process, and used the same data to prove that your solution works - the sky has cracked open, Dame Fortune hath smiled down, and you have solved your issue. The new process you implemented in DO was validated in CHECK and now all that is left is to make the change permanent(ish). In other words, you've discovered the solution and now it's time to ACT on it.

Ask a 3PL Expert: What Did I Miss?
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group

Q. I missed the RVCF Annual Fall Conference. Can you tell me what themes customers were focused on this year?
Read the answer...

Today's Maker Movement Makes Waves in Retailing Landscape
Carol Weidner, eZCom Software

These days, it pays to be creative, especially if you've got a unique product idea and a pinch of entrepreneurial knack.

According to many industry experts, today's "makers" may just reshape retailing's topography.1 These rising inventors sit at a distinctive crossroads between technological know-how and crafty prowess. Their products - ranging from smart home appliances to robots, from out of the box baby gear to clever cookies and sassy sauces - often (but not always) incorporate technology and a clever angle as part of the package.

Retail Convergence: Three Trends to Watch in 2016
Dwight D. Hill, McMillan Doolittle LLP

1. Store and E-commerce Leaders: What does your store of the future look like and how do you plan to capitalize on the convergence of the channels?

2. Store, E-commerce and Marketing Leaders: How do you intend to make your stores "smarter" and capitalize upon your customer's shopping patterns and behaviors?

3. Retail C-suite Executives: What element of the customer experience will you choose to improve in 2016?

Companies Asked to Submit Comments on Child and Forced Labor
Melissa Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.

The Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs ("ILAB") published in the Federal Register on October 27, 2015 an invitation for companies to submit information on child labor and forced labor in certain foreign countries.1 This information will be used to prepare new reports for Congress that will be published in 2016 in accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act ("TVPRA"), Executive Order 13126, and the Trade and Development Act of 2000 ("TDA"). These reports are published regularly to raise public awareness and promote efforts to combat child and forced labor, as well as provide additional resources for U.S. companies to use in performing their internal risk assessments and due diligence on labor rights in their supply chains. Comments should be submitted no later than January 4, 2016.

The Power of One-on-Ones

During the past few years, we at the Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF) have been gradually increasing the number of one-on-one meetings between retailers and suppliers at our conferences. In fact, approximately 700 one-on-ones were held at the RVCF Fall Conference last week as we maximized the number of meetings based on the time available and the number of participants. More than a meeting, each of these one-on-ones represents an opportunity - an opportunity for trading partners to build stronger relationships and solve problems.

This is why RVCF exists.

Not Just for Retailers: More Ways RFID Can Benefit Retail Brand Owners
Sheldon R. Reich, CYBRA Corporation

As stated in Not Just for Retailers, sooner or later you'll be supplying RFID-tagged merchandise to your retail customers who are seeing strong benefits with RFID from the DC to the back room and selling floor. Here are more ways that every RBO (Retail Brand Owner) can also benefit from RFID and can turn the cost of an EPC (Electronic Product Code) retail compliance mandate into a supply chain enhancing investment.

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