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October 2016

Upcoming Events

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


Retailer Open Forum
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
Conference Call

2017 Spring Conference
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA


2017 Fall Conference
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, AZ


Complimentary Resources

Merchandise Supplier Survey: Compliance Management

3 Phases of Effective Supplier Onboarding

How to Improve Retail Profitability

Enhance Omnichannel Visibility

Omninomics — Creating a More Connected Value Chain

One Front End, One Back End, One Omnichannel Platform

The Current and Future State of Digital Supply Chain Transformation

The Trading Partner Interface of the Future

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

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Suppliers, It's Time to Tighten Up the Ship

RVCF LogoWalmart and Target have begun to power up their vendor compliance programs and get more aggressive with their requirements. Higher fill rates. Faster replenishment. Smaller shipping and delivery windows. Shorter lead times. Fewer early or late shipments.

Of course, it's not just the big guys. The rest of the industry is following suit.


Updated List of Retailer Participants at RVCF Fall Conference Announced

One of the primary reasons why suppliers attend RVCF conferences is because these events provide suppliers with access to multiple retailers at one location over the course of several days. Face-to-face meetings with trading partners, under normal circumstances, would require weeks of planning, significant travel costs, and multiple days outside of the office for each meeting.


2016 Fall Conference


Will you be there???

Check out the latest list of participating retailers.

Breakout Sessions * One-on-One Meetings * Networking Opportunities

All of your trading partners in one place!

Detailed Agenda Now Available

Register Here

Merchandise Supplier Survey: Compliance Management

Yusen, We Have a Problem!: In The News Round-up
Mark Kopp, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

Are you ready for Post-Panamax?

Okay, so the big ships are coming. For those not "in the know," post-Panamax describes ships that do not fall within the size limitations to travel through the Panama Canal. New size limitations, increasing the allowable dimensions, came into effect this past summer.


Ask a 3PL Expert: 3PL Set-ups
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group

Q. If you are already shipping to customers that we ship to, then setting them up should be easy, right?

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 member Gina Group.


2017 Spring Conference

Protecting Your Brand on Amazon
by Rachel Greer, Cascadia Seller Solutions

Your listings are humming along happily on Amazon, you have your enhanced marketing content working for you, PO's are coming in nicely, and you have limited chargebacks. Then you start seeing negative reviews come in on the listing about a serious customer complaint regarding safety. Upon researching the matter, you see that there are multiple sellers on the listing, claiming to sell your product, yet you are not distributing.


Retailers Fear Protectionism and Tariffs as 2016 Election Nears
Bryan Nella, GT Nexus

The front page of the Wall Street Journal on October 7th featured a headline that read: Globalization on the Skids. The sub-head was Finance chiefs meet amid fears that an era of free trade and investment is ebbing. Protectionism and tariffs are a growing concern not only for finance ministers and bankers, but for retailers as well. With the 2016 U.S. Presidential election nearing, retail executives expect business to be impacted by tariffs and red tape as policies move away from free trade. A survey of 250 U.S. retail executives shows that 46% expect to be impacted by tariffs and protectionist measures derived from the trade positions of the two major U.S. presidential candidates.


Onboarding White Paper

U.S. Commerce Department Issues New Encryption Rules That Should Lighten Some Industry Burdens
Melissa Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.

The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently published new rules that should make international sales and exports of hardware and software products a bit easier.


How Shippers and Carriers Can Reduce the Risk of Theft

Last month, during our Managing Retail Deductions Workshop in Charlotte, NC, John Tabor, Vice President of Supply Chain Support at National Retail Systems, Inc., delivered an eye-opening presentation about managing shortage claims by reducing theft. Because this presentation was so well-received, we wanted to share some of the highlights here.


ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Best Practices for Communicating Retailer Requirement Changes
From the Desk of Kim Zablocky: Retailers Want Collaboration. Suppliers Want Forgiveness. What Gives?
Suppliers: Is a Lack of Management Buy-In Affecting Compliance?
Vendor Compliance from a 3PL Perspective: 5 Warning Signs That It Might Be Time for a Change
The Power of One-on-Ones

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