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March 2017

Upcoming Events

Retailer Open Forum
Conference Call

Supplier Open Forum
Conference Call

Compliance Clearinghouse Demo & Tutorial
Virtual Event

2017 Spring Conference
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA


Avoiding Retail Deductions Workshop
Arno Ristorante
New York, NY


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


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:
You Asked for Help with Walmart. We Delivered. Will You Be There?

RVCF LogoMembers of the RVCF supplier community have repeatedly asked for guidance when working with Walmart. This isn't surprising when you consider that Walmart is the world's largest retailer, according to Fortune. Suppliers are constantly asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with Walmart and how to navigate their portal.


RVCF White Papers Shed Light on Industry Challenges, Trends and Initiatives

In recent years, we at RVCF have ramped up our efforts to conduct research and provide information that is directly relevant to the questions we receive from members and the pressing issues we hear discussed on a regular basis. Our goal is not just to provide opportunities for collaboration, but to be a valuable resource of knowledge for topics related to the retail supply chain.


2017 Spring Conference


For All Attendees:
  • Strategizing the New Supply Chain
  • Measuring Speed-to-Consumer from Store DC Supplier
  • Improved Forecasting & Planning
  • Freight Agreements - Reducing Transportation Charges
For Retailers and Suppliers:
  • Joint Retailer/Supplier Open Forum and Onboarding Round Table Discussion
  • One-on-One's with Participating Retailers
For Retailers Only:
  • How to Build and/or Update Your Vendor Compliance Program
  • Managing Suppliers Fill Rates & Replenishment
For Suppliers Only:
  • Walmart Retail Link Training and Relationship Management
  • Key Elements to Reducing & Controlling Deductions
  • Drop Ship Direct-to-Consumer
and so much more...

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Vendor Compliance Is More than Just a Manual...

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

Trade Deals
Cancelled? Renegotiated? New? Take your pick. The new administration has been very busy with trade pronouncements. But what do we really know?


Ask a 3PL Expert: 6 Top Retail Compliance Questions Asked of 3PL's
Scott Weiss, Port Logistics Group

Q. We're looking at several 3PL's. What questions should we be asking them before we make a final decision on a partner?

Read the answer...

The State of Drop Shipping Compliance

No Stranger to Outside Pressures, Retail Supply Chains Must Adapt as BAT Approaches
Bryan Nella, GT Nexus

Retailers and their supply chains are no strangers to outside pressures and disruptive forces that impact margins, revenue and shareholder value. CNBC recently called out that traditional retailers are being "decimated" by tech: "As a group, traditional retail stocks have long faltered against competition from e-retailers like Amazon; the S&P 500 multiline retailing group is nearly 21 percent off its 52-week highs and down nearly 16 percent over the last year, while the S&P 500 Internet & Catalog Retail industry group is up 46 percent in the same time."


Automated Deduction Management as a Key to Collaboration

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

On February 22nd, the WTO's multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) formally entered into force, which is expected to usher in new trade facilitation reforms by each of the signatory countries, including the United States. What does this mean for multinational companies and companies eager to expand into global markets? Expect significant regulatory changes ahead!


Compliance Clearinghouse

Join us on March 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

How to Maximize the Value of RVCF's Monthly Open Forum Calls

Each month, RVCF hosts two open forum conference calls – one for retailers and one for suppliers. Each call lasts about one hour and 15 minutes and focuses on questions that have been submitted in advance. If there is time remaining after these questions have been discussed, participants can ask additional questions and receive feedback from the group. Minutes from every open forum conference call are available to members and searchable through the RVCF website.


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

Avoiding Retail Deductions Workshop

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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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