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February 2017

Upcoming Events

Retailer Open Forum
2/9/2017
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
2/10/2017
Conference Call

Compliance Clearinghouse Demo & Tutorial
2/22/2017
Virtual Event

2017 Spring Conference
5/7-10/2017
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA

Conference

2017 Fall Conference
11/5-8/2017
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, AZ

Conference


Complimentary Resources

Automated Deduction Management as a Key to Collaboration

The State of Drop Shipping Compliance

Expediting the Investigation and Reconciliation of Deduction Claims

The State of Compliance Management from the Retailer's Perspective

Merchandise Supplier Survey: Compliance Management

3 Phases of Effective Supplier Onboarding

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

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Retailers, How Accurate Is Your Supplier Database?


RVCF LogoAbout 12 years ago, a major national retailer decided to send Christmas cards to the company's supplier community. 70 percent of those cards were returned. The person was no longer there, missing information, undeliverable as addressed, etc. To say the CEO was livid would be an understatement.

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Why Commercial Zone Fees Are Charged and How to Reduce Them
RVCF

For years, we've fielded questions during RVCF Supplier Open Forum calls about commercial zones. Retailers charge suppliers commercial zone fees when the supplier's shipping facility is in the same proximity as the retailer's receiving facility, and suppliers often don't understand why.

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2017 Spring Conference

2017 RVCF SPRING CONFERENCE
HURRY! Early bird rates expire 2/15/17

Join us for training and topic specific sessions, retailer one-on-one meetings, retailer specific breakouts, and networking opportunities!

Our Keynote Speaker will be Ken Bonning, founding partner of Orion Advisors Group and former Senior Executive Vice President for Kohl's Department Stores.

Agenda-at-a-Glance

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 920-3230

Register Now and Secure the Early Bird Rate


Automated Deduction Management as a Key to Collaboration

Walmart Supplier Training and Relationship Management

RVCF is pleased to announce that Tim Carey with Trend Results will be joining us for the RVCF Spring Conference, May 7-10th in Arlington, VA. Trend Results specializes in supplier training and consulting for Walmart and Sam's Club suppliers.

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Ask a 3PL Expert: WMS and Outsourcing
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group


Q. Should you use your own WMS or your 3PL's when you outsource?

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The State of Drop Shipping Compliance

Using Sustainability to Drive a Healthy Brand
Bryan Nella, GT Nexus


Sustainable business practices are a fast emerging point of focus for customers, investors, regulators, and government officials. Treating the planet and workers responsibly is certainly the right thing to do. But research and real world examples are proving that sustainable practices drive real business value.

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Proposed Border Adjustment Tax, Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) & NAFTA in the News
Melissa Proctor, Polsinelli, P.C.


Several key international trade issues have been taking center stage in the headlines as of late – issues that U.S. importers, exporters, manufacturers and retailers should be tracking and monitoring closely as their operations, cross-border transactions and international supply chains will likely be impacted in the very near future.

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Compliance Clearinghouse

Join us on February 22nd 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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Expediting the Investigation and Reconciliation of Deduction Claims

What It Really Means to Be Proactive when Dealing with Chargebacks
RVCF


We don't wait for the engine to fry. We get an oil change every 3,000 miles or so.

We don't wait for hackers to take over our computer. We install antivirus software.

We don't wait for our teeth to rot. We brush twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year.

Being proactive saves money. It saves us from aggravation. It allows us to focus on what we really need and want to do each day. Unfortunately, we spend too much time reacting to things. Chargebacks are a perfect example.

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

The Benefits of Speaking at an Industry Conference
All About Retail Compliance: The Supplier's Guide to the Retail Supply Chain
Tools Suppliers Can Use to Internally Communicate Retailer Requirements
RVCF Launches New Social Networking Platform
NMFTA Changes the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading



Looking for a new position? Have one to offer?
Visit the Career Center

RVCF Career Center

RVCF's Career Center has been designed to assist employers and
job seekers in filling open Retail Supply Chain positions. Our Career Center is available to RVCF members and subscribers and is included as one of the many benefits of RVCF membership.

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