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April 2016

Upcoming Events

2016 Spring Conference
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort
Fort Myers, FL


Compliance Clearinghouse Demo & Tutorial
Virtual Event

Retailer Open Forum
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
Conference Call

Amazon Seller 101: Setting up a Seller Account and Using Available Tools
Virtual Event

Managing Retail Deductions Workshop
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
Teaneck, NJ


Amazon Seller Performance and Protecting Your Brand
Virtual Event

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

Global Compliance Protocol

Overcoming Obstacles to Retail Supply Chain Efficiency and Vendor Compliance

How 3PLs Can Help with Small Business Growth

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
RVCF Is Our Name

RVCF LogoA few weeks ago, we unveiled our new, mobile responsive website – complete with new branding. We hope the new website makes it easier for you to understand what we do, find the resources and information you need, register for upcoming events, and connect with your peers and trading partners.

But how did we get here? Why are we here?


How Enhanced Scorecarding Provides a More Valuable, Holistic View of the Retailer-Supplier Relationship, Part 1

Today's leading retailers are constantly working to strengthen their supplier relationships and scorecards, which are an important part of understanding supplier performance. However, current scorecards often paint an incomplete picture of the retailer-supplier relationship. Most are structured around traditional supply chain metrics to track performance based on the retailer's expectations or "standards." As a result, the scorecard only reflects the retailer's relationship with the supplier as it relates to inventory availability and movement.


Compliance Clearinghouse

Join us on April 27th 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.

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Amazon Seller or Amazon Vendor Platform
Rachel Greer, Cascadia Seller Solutions

Many brand owners are selling on Amazon as a vendor and assume this is the end of the story for their Amazon channel. However, these owners don't realize they may be leaving a lot of money on the table by not fully utilizing all of Amazon's platform. We'll outline here various ways to protect your brand on Amazon by using a seller account, how a seller account may be more profitable for some products or the entire brand, and when costs are broken down for each channel.


Ask a 3PL Expert: Visibility
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group

Q. Sometimes we feel blinded by what our 3PL is doing. What kind of visibility should a 3PL be providing in terms of document sharing, exceptions, etc.? Are 3PL's providing this information online?

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 PetSmart, Inc. and SDI Technologies, Inc.


Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Can Be Collaboration at Its Finest
Ellen Kaminski, Datalliance

When it comes to keeping the right products available and selling, retailer-manufacturer collaboration is more than just a nice-to-have, it's a critical element of success. But truly effective collaboration can be harder to achieve than trading partners sometimes think. Just "providing visibility" will generally not drive results. Significant performance improvements only happen when trading partners agree to work together to actually make things happen. And when they agree to do so, it must based on a framework of shared data, clear responsibilities and mutually agreed upon performance metrics.


Trading Partner Interface of the Future: Phase 2

Urgency to Innovate: Retailers Deploy New Strategies to Engage Consumers
Leela Rao-Kataria, GT Nexus

Omni-channel has long been the main topic of discussion in the retail hemisphere. In the past few years, this dialogue has extended much further into specific strategies retailers need to deploy to engage their target demographics. It's all about the customer, and retailers are going "off plan" and trying approaches that have never before been deployed. Some retailers are making huge investments into e-commerce and user-friendly front end technology, while others are focusing on fulfillment options and competing with the industry's biggest threat – Amazon. Outlined below are some of the most innovative ways retailers are going after market share and staking their claim to permanency within the retail landscape.


Four ZTE Companies Added to the Entity List – Compliance Implications for U.S. and Foreign Suppliers
Melissa Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.

On March 8th, ZTE Corporation, the second largest telecommunications company in China, was added to the Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS') Entity List, along with three of its affiliated companies. The Entity List identifies individuals and companies that, among other reasons, pose risks of diverting commodities, software and technology (i.e., "items") to unauthorized end-users and destinations.1 U.S. and foreign companies are prohibited from exporting and reexporting to parties designated on the Entity List without a license from the BIS.2 The BIS took this action because the companies in question shipped export-controlled items through various shell companies to Iran and North Korea in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). In fact, ZTE Corporation disseminated a written internal procedure that described in detail the methodology it devised for circumventing U.S. law. ZTE had been under investigation by the BIS and the FBI for four years.


Will the SOLAS Container Weight Rule Bring Higher Shipping Costs and Delays?

On July 1, 2016, a new Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirement will mandate that shippers in 162 countries submit the verified gross mass, or weight, of containers and filler materials to carriers prior to loading on vessels. This is in addition to the estimated weight of all shipped goods that is required when shipments are turned over to shipping lines or other third parties.


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