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  March 2016

Upcoming Events

How to Manage Amazon Effectively for Your Business
Virtual Event

Compliance Clearinghouse Demo & Tutorial
Virtual Event

2016 Spring Conference
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort
Fort Myers, FL


Retailer Open Forum
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
Conference Call

Managing Retail Deductions Workshop
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
Teaneck, NJ


Managing Retail Deductions Workshop
Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel
Charlotte, NC


2016 Fall Conference
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ


Complimentary Resources

The Evolution of the Trading Partner Interface of the Future: Phase Two

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

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

Overcoming Obstacles to Retail Supply Chain Efficiency and Vendor Compliance

Global Compliance Protocol

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Retailers, It's Time to Get Off the Sidelines

RVCF LogoRetailers ask me every day about the value of RVCF membership. I could get deep in the weeds about various RVCF services and benefits of membership, and I'll mention a few at the end of this article. But there's a much simpler answer to that question. Real work is being done by RVCF and our retailer members to come up with real solutions to supply chain problems.


HURRY! Discounted room rates
expire 3/28/16.

Join us for collaboration, education, best practices, and networking opportunities!

We're looking forward to some great sessions!

  • Speed to Market
  • Addressing the Order Fulfillment Cycle
  • Not your Grandfather's Retail Supply Chain Anymore
  • Latest Cost Analysis Software on Determining Whether or Not to Reshore Production
  • One-on-Ones, Round Tables and Open Forums

Our Keynote Speaker will be Kristen Brown, Author of The Best Worst Thing and The Happy Hour Effect.

As a busy professional, you know how challenging and stressful it can be to juggle your career, family and personal goals. But what if you could leave here today with a clear understanding of where you need to focus to stress less at home and be successful at work every day? You're in luck because today Kristen Brown is here to help you do just that. She helps individuals and organizations minimize stress, leverage goals and boost performance to impact personal and bottom line growth.


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

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RVCF to Present Webinar Series on Working with Amazon

Last summer, Amazon passed Wal-Mart as the world's biggest retailer by market value. Amazon continues to be an innovator and industry leader in supply chain management and order fulfillment, offering everything from one-hour package delivery to 1-Click purchasing for countless product categories. In fact, a study from Cowen and Company predicts that Amazon will be the largest clothing retailer in the U.S. by 2017.1

Amazon Vendor or Seller? Webinar

Yusen, We Have a Problem!: New SOLAS Regulation Goes into Effect July 1, 2016 – Or Will It?
Mark Kopp, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at See (SOLAS) convention to require the shipper to report a "verified" gross weight of a container before it is loaded onto a vessel. The amendment goes into effect on July 1 of this year – or so we think. Recently a great deal of controversy has arisen over that date.

Compliance Clearinghouse

We've expanded our coverage!

The following retailers have been added to the RVCF Compliance Clearinghouse monitoring list:

  • Bass
  • Chasing Fireflies
  • Hamrick's
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Mills Fleet Farm
  • Nordstrom Canada
  • Silver Star Brands
To learn more about these additions to our existing list, join us on March 23rd for a demo and tutorial on how to effectively use the RVCF Compliance Clearinghouse to cut back on errors and deductions. Whether you're a first time user or a long-time member, we'll show you how to make the most of this service and what it has to offer.

What We'll Cover:

  • How the Clearinghouse works
  • What's available with the service
  • Navigation basics
  • Tips and tricks to streamline compliance change management
  • Recommendations on incorporating into your cross functional teams' processes

This is for merchandise suppliers and select 3PL service providers only. Space is limited; registration will be closed once the maximum number of participants is reached. Participation is subject to approval.

Register Here

Ask a 3PL Expert: Prepping for the Future
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group

Q. We are a seasonal importer of outerwear. My 3PL got slammed last year and could not keep up with our order volume. What can we do differently to make sure this does not happen again?
Read the answer...

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 1 EDI Source, Inc.; Big Lots, Inc.; Datalliance; Staples, Inc.; and Tech Data Corporation.

dove It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alan Groginsky. As Director of A/R and Compliance with Bentex Group, Alan was a strong and passionate supporter of RVCF. His commitment to RVCF will always be appreciated and he will long be remembered as a dedicated member and participant. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues during this time of mourning.

Do You Really Know What VMI Is Today?
Michael Widner, Datalliance

Do you really know how vendor managed inventory (VMI) works today and what it can do for the collaborative goals of retailers and vendors? There's a good chance you don't. But that's understandable – many people are unclear about VMI right now. You may not have a clear understanding of VMI because you've never used it. Or maybe you used it years ago, for good or for bad, and aren't aware of how it has evolved. Or, maybe you are actually doing something much like VMI right now, but know it by another name, like continuous replenishment planning (CRP), Collaborative Planning Forecasting & Replenishment (CPFR®), co-managed inventory, or something similar.

Why Omni-channel Fulfillment is Crucial for E-Commerce
Mark Aument, ProShip, Inc.

The growth in global e-commerce has dramatically changed the fulfillment business. Consumers want to order their goods from any device and receive the goods at a time and place that is convenient for them. Making that happen is not as easy as it sounds. Shipping internationally is even more complex. Omni-channel fulfillment provides a seamless consumer experience with flexible solutions that can meet the demands of a rapidly changing environment.

Trading Partner Interface of the Future: Phase 2

CPSC Cuts Red Tape and Eliminates General Certificate of Conformity Requirements for Low-Risk Adult Apparel Items
Melissa Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.

On March 25, 2016, manufacturers and importers of adult apparel products comprised of low-risk fabrics designated as such under the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA), will no longer be required to generate Certificates of Conformity required under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The CPSIA requires that manufacturers and importers of products that are subject to a CPSC rule certify, based on a test or reasonable testing program, that their products comply with that rule. Adult apparel is subject to the flammability standards established under the FFA; however, as noted above, the FFA also provides a list of fabrics that have been determined to be low-risk because they consistently satisfy the applicable flammability standards.

3 Key Components to Successful Supplier Onboarding, Part 3

If you want to minimize compliance issues and create a foundation for a profitable, mutually beneficial trading partner relationship, it all starts with an effective supplier onboarding process. Most retailers understand the importance of onboarding but few have mastered it. Two months ago, we kicked off a three-part series on successful supplier onboarding, starting with a thorough setup process within the retail organization. Last month, we discussed phase two – the education of the supplier and validation of the supplier's supply chain capabilities.

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