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October 2017

Upcoming Events

Supplier Open Forum
Conference Call

Retailer Open Forum
Conference Call

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


2018 Spring Conference
Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
Clearwater Beach, FL


2018 Fall Conference
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
San Diego, CA


Complimentary Resources

The Recommended Structure for Compliance Manuals and Websites

Fill Rate Challenges for Retail Trading Partners

Automated Deduction Management as a Key to Collaboration

The State of Drop Shipping Compliance

Expediting the Investigation and Reconciliation of Deduction Claims

Merchandise Supplier Survey: Compliance Management

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From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Last Call for the RVCF Fall Conference! Here's What You Need to Know

RVCF LogoDo you still have time to register for the RVCF Fall Conference? Yes, but look at it this way. It's about 15 minutes before closing time, servers are starting to clean up, and it won't be long before we lock the doors.

The RVCF 2017 Annual Fall Conference is a little more than two weeks away – November 5-8, 2017 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ. This year's theme is "The New Realities of Retail: A Multi-Directional Supply Chain."


2017 Fall Conference


One-on-One Meeting Scheduling
Is Now Underway!

So what are One-on-One meetings??
One-on-One meetings are prescheduled 15-minute meetings that are held in a designated area during the Conference. Each retailer is assigned one or more tables and suppliers move to the appropriate retailer tables according to the predetermined meeting schedule. It's a great way to meet several of your trading partners all in one place! Check out the event page for the list of participating retailers.


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Retail Value Chain 101: Why Suppliers Need Internal Audit Processes that Mimic Those of Retailers

The Retail Value Chain 101 article for retailers from this issue of RVCF Link discusses the keys to building and maintaining an effective communication program with suppliers. Of course, proactive communication is not the sole responsibility of any single party. We often see suppliers make two mistakes when communicating with their retailer customers. First, suppliers tend to wait until there's a problem – typically, chargebacks – to contact the retailer.


RVCF 2018 Spring Conference

Retail Value Chain 101: How Retailers Can Ensure Effective Communication with Suppliers

Ask trading partners the key to solving just about any problem and most will point to better communication, which enables more productive collaboration. But what does better communication look like? What does bad communication look like? What can retailers do to ensure suppliers have what they need to meet compliance requirements, minimize confusion and disputes, accelerate the flow of goods, satisfy the end consumer, and maximize profits for both sides?


Avoiding Retail Deductions Workshop Recap

By popular request, the RVCF Team was "on the road" to mid-September to Arno's Restaurant, in New York City, where we hosted our "Avoiding Retail Deductions Workshop."


The Recommended Structure for Compliance Manuals and Websites

Yusen, We Have a Problem!: Of Sherlock Holmes and Batman…Problem Solving and Deep Thoughts
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

Consider three iconic moments in PROBLEM SOLVING HISTORY:

There's a famous tale revolving around King Solomon. Two women fighting over a young boy. Each claimed the child as her own. Solomon suggested cutting the boy in half to judge the reactions of the women – the one who was willing to let the other keep the child in order to save his life was deemed the actual mother.


U.S. Revokes Sanctions on Sudan, Gives Companies a Surer Footing for Pursuing Opportunities with Sudanese Goods and Services
Melissa Proctor, Miller Proctor Law PLLC

A significant development on the U.S. economic sanctions front took place this past week: effective as of October 12, 2017, the economic sanctions on Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412, as well as the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations ("SSR") in 31 C.F.R. Part 538 are officially revoked. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") intends to remove the SSR altogether from the Foreign Assets Control Regulations in the near future. So, what does this mean for U.S. companies?


RVCF 2018 Annual Fall Conference

BOPIS to the Rescue
Richard Wilhjelm, Compliance Networks

As fall approaches, the back to school season is upon us. In my case, my middle daughter is leaving home for the first time to begin her college experience. Unlike my distant college experience, she and her roommates put together a tidy spreadsheet detailing who would be responsible for supplying what in their new apartment. Days before their move-in date, one glaring weakness emerged in their planning – who would bring the router? "Oh, my dad will get it," responded my daughter, "he is in the computer business…," as though I enjoyed configuring home routers like the next guy...


dove It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Cammarata, former Executive Director, Credit and Retailer Relations, for The Estée Lauder Companies. John was highly regarded within the credit community and his numerous contributions were unmatched. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and colleagues during this time of mourning.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

How Shippers and Carriers Can Reduce the Risk of Theft
Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign* – New California Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Will Take Effect in 2018
Retail Value Chain 101: What Is Vendor Compliance, and Why Does It Exist?
Why Commercial Zone Fees Are Charged and How to Reduce Them
RVCF Launches New Social Networking Platform

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