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April 2018

Upcoming Events

Retailer Open Forum
Conference Call

No Outsourcing! Learn about a better solution to process deductions
Virtual Event

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


All About Retail Compliance Supplier Workshop
Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
Newark, NJ


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


Complimentary Resources

Advance Shipping Notification and Inventory Integrity Report

Understanding Partnerships Between Merchandise Suppliers and Drop Shipping/Direct-to-Consumer Service Providers

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

Webinar: Are ASNs Still Relevant? More than Ever...

Webinar: Mastering Your Drop Ship Program like a Pro

Webinar: How to Stop Inaccurate ASNs from Stealing Sales

CLICK HERE for Additional Resources


From the Desk of Kim Zablocky:
Why I'm Excited for the Spring Conference in Clearwater Beach

RVCF LogoCall me biased, but I love RVCF Conferences. I always talk about the fact that no other industry conference provides so many opportunities to achieve progress through collaboration. I usually focus on the presentations, panel discussions and one-on-one meetings – the formal, structured sessions – but I'm excited about the RVCF Spring Conference for reasons that go far beyond the sessions.


2018 Spring Conference


General Audience:
  • 2-Hour Workshop on Leadership: Key Triggers that Will Help You Understand How to Ascend to a Leadership Role in Your Company
  • Hitting Those OTIF Expectations
  • The Latest in Retailer Portals for Drop Ship Fulfillment (Direct-to-Consumer)
  • Find Out the Legal Explanations for Transportation Claims and Audits
  • Learn Techniques to Prevent Shortages from Theft
  • One-on-One's with Participating Retailers
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Receptions
  • Sponsorships, Booths, & Speaking Opportunities Are Available - Contact Kim Zablocky or Susan Haupt for more information
  • More program highlights and breakouts will be announced closer to the conference
For Retailers Only:
  • Steps to Develop a Compliance Component to Your E-Commerce Initiative
  • Extended Round Table & Open Forum Session
  • Direct-to-Consumer Initiatives Discussed & Explored
  • Building Your Supplier Relationship Management Program from the Ground Up
For Suppliers Only:
  • Successfully Doing Business with Amazon (The Ortega Group Is Back by Popular Demand - Focusing on Operations and Marketing with Amazon)
  • Extended Open Forum Session
  • Manage Deductions with Excel, Including Tips & Best Practices to Get Your Claims Resolved
  • How Robotics and Cloud Automation Can Positively Impact Deductions
  • Understanding European Retailers' Standards & Requirements

2018 Spring Conference

RVCF 2018 Annual Fall Conference

Retail Value Chain 101: How to Pack Cartons Properly to Avoid Chargebacks

We constantly hear from retailers that cartons aren't being packed and marked in accordance with the purchase order. This is confirmed by the fact that more than 40 percent of retailers are sharing deduction types for which poor packing practices are the sole culprit. Shortages, overshipment, unordered merchandise, carton contents not matching the ASN, unauthorized substitutions and other problems slow down the flow of goods and increase labor costs for retailers that have to research and correct inaccurate orders.


No Outsourcing! Learn about a better solution to process deductions

Retail Value Chain 101: What Golf Can Teach You About Supplier Relationship Management

The best golfers in the world, regardless of how well they're playing, are constantly revisiting and evaluating the basics. We're not talking about keeping drives in the middle of the fairway. We're not even talking about swinging the club. We're talking about the very basics – grip, posture and alignment.


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 Visconti Garment Hangers, Inc.


RVCF 2019 Fall Conference

Yusen, We Have a Problem!: Think Traps! (Part Two) – Debate Club
Kirk White, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

Last time we introduced the concept of Think Traps – preconceived notions you bring to the table when brainstorming a solution to a problem. We talked about Confirmation Bias (you look for evidence that supports what you already think and discard anything that doesn't) and the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy (you find "evidence" by creating patterns in data that agree with your hypothesis and ignore patterns that do not support).


A Game of Chess Well-Played or a Game of Chicken? Significant Import Tariff Increases by the United States and China
Melissa Proctor, Miller Proctor Law PLLC

In early March, as has been widely reported throughout the media and industry organizations, the Trump Administration imposed additional tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported into the United States for national security reasons because of the investigation conducted by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. Ch. 7). Also making news as of late is the March 22nd announcement that the United States would further increase tariff rates on additional goods imported from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (9 U.S.C. § 2411).


Advance Shipping Notification and Inventory Integrity Report

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.


Understanding Partnerships Between Merchandise Suppliers and Drop Shipping/Direct-to-Consumer Service Providers

Updates from GS1 US

If you're a Home vendor with "breakable" products such as dishes, glasses, mugs, bakeware, candles, etc., both you and your retailers could face costly challenges when it comes to breakage and product packaging, especially in today's omni-channel environment. The GS1 US Omni-Channel Ready Merchandise Workgroup (OCRM) is asking you to join them in tackling these problems by joining their workgroup. As a member of the workgroup, you'll help to identify challenges, share your expertise, explore solutions, and develop best practices guidelines for the retail industry. Learn more about GS1 US, their workgroups, and how you can get involved by visiting their website:

For questions or to join the workgroup, contact Georgeann Bodnar.


GS1 Connect® 2018 (June 5-7, Phoenix, AZ) will help you accelerate your supply chain business processes, providing an engaging blend of live educational programs, industry-specific and cross-sector conference sessions, trading partner roundtables, "How to Do Business With" sessions with leading brands, and the Standardsville Exhibit Area. Across all formats, the content is designed to put you in the lead by showcasing the benefits of applying GS1 Standards for full supply chain visibility.

RVCF Members save 10%* by using "18RVCF01" discount code.

Learn more.

*The 10% Member Discount applies only to GS1 Connect Conference registration; it does not include User Groups and GS1 US University offerings.

Importers and Exporters: Use Digital Tools to Save You Time and Money
Shahar Vigder, Shiperd

We all lead a digital lifestyle – we snap and share photos on Instagram, order a car on Uber, and shop on Amazon. But in our professional lives, when it comes to managing shipping, importers and exporters still use tedious phone calls, e-mails and spreadsheets like it's still 1999. Despite delivering trillions of dollars' worth of goods, importers and exporters have largely skipped the digital overhaul most other industries have undergone. International logistics is still a manual, cumbersome, and non-transparent process, leading to losses of billions of dollars due to inefficiencies.


ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

From the Desk of Kim Zablocky: Want to Solve Problems? Pick. Up. The. Phone.
Retail Value Chain 101: Surveying Suppliers and Acting on Their Feedback
Retail Value Chain 101: How to Prevent Chargebacks for Barcode Labels that Won't Scan
Retail Value Chain 101: The Importance of a Strategic Value-Added Services Program
Retail Value Chain 101: Time to Clean Up Your Compliance Manual and Website

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