VCF 10th Anniversary Retailer & Supplier Conference

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The Vendor Compliance Federation (VCF) announced today that over thirty industry leaders will be presenting during four days of learning with the objective of optimizing operations and minimizing costs in the retail supply chain at VCF's 10th Anniversary Conference.

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These programs are reflective of our mission to provide both the environment and opportunity for this level of collaboration to continue to flourish.

The Vendor Compliance Federation (VCF) announced today that over thirty industry leaders will be presenting during four days of learning with the objective of optimizing operations and minimizing costs in the retail supply chain at VCF's 10th Anniversary Conference.

"Retail Executives Only" Forum- June 14-15

The Retail Executives Only Forum will focus on Optimized Merchandise Supplier Management, and “Driving the Perfect Order” as a means to improve efficiency and reduce costs at all levels in the supply chain. Participants include executives from diverse leading national retailers such as AAFES, AutoZone, Bealls Department Store, Bob’s Stores, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco Wholesale, CVS, Family Dollar Stores, Hot Topic, JCPenney, Meijer, Neiman Marcus, ONLINESHOES.COM, Steinmart, TJX Companies, QVC, Walmart, and more.    

10th Anniversary Dinner - June 15, 2010
The combined Retailer and Supplier Program will kick off with a celebratory dinner on June 15 with special recognition for participants who have helped advance the industry through their involvement and thought leadership.

Combined Retailers & Suppliers Forum- June 15-17

The Combined Retailer & Suppliers Forum will commence seamlessly after the retailer program, and is designed to enable trading partners to collaborate, network, and participate in multiple retail supply chain workshops (see below). Especially valuable is the opportunity to solve problems with their trading partner counterparts in a collaborative setting. This conference draws executives from retailers (above) and leading suppliers, including American Textile Company, Applica Consumer Products, Bernard Chaus, BIC, Casio, Charles Komar, Collective Brands, Coty Inc., Excel Home Fashions, Fetco Home Products, Hasbro, Jarden Consumer Solutions, Jockey International, Kayser-Roth Corporation, Lifetime Brands, Perry Ellis, Phillips-Van Heusen, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prestige Toy, Samsonite Corporation, Thoranco Group and Springs Global among others. It is the single best place to get up to speed on industry best practices.

“As VCF marks its 10th Anniversary, we take pride that through our collaborative efforts, hundreds of suppliers and retailers have streamlined their supply chain and operations and planning synchronization, producing lasting benefits, and eliminating tens of millions of dollars of costs” , said VCF Founder, Kim Zablocky. “These programs are reflective of our mission to provide both the environment and opportunity for this level of collaboration to continue to flourish.”

Conference highlights include:

FOR RETAILERS
Improving Supply Chain Processes
Scott Palmer, Executive Director, Value Chain Group, Inc. will focus on Purchase Order Management with case study demonstrations on how to reduce cost and increase reliability in the area of Procure to Pay.

Product Life Cycle Management-Getting It Right
Paula Rosenblum, Managing Partner, Retail Systems Research, will explore the results of a survey that benchmarks how retailers use technology to support their private label initiatives - from product conception through delivery.

Reinventing Category Management
Inez Blackburn, MTI Market Techniques & Innovations Inc. and author of
“Pride Passion and ProfitTM" 7 Steps for Category Development will teach the "7 Steps" to enhance the existing planning process, serve customers on their terms and expand the quality of customer relationships.

FOR SUPPLIERS
The Next Phase of CPFR
Ron Ireland, Principal , Oliver Wight Americas, Inc. will disuss the latest developments in Retailer and Supplier Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Best Practices and how the two can be linked using CPFR to reduce costs in the Supply Chain.

Supply Chain Priorities for 2010 and Beyond     
Ann Grackin, CEO, ChainLink Research will present the threats, opportunities, innovations and decisions you should make now to ride the wave of the second decade.

Business Complexity
John Mariotti, President/CEO and Founder, The Enterprise Group will teach the strategies used by many prominent companies to detect and eliminate needless complexity in different areas of your business and how to use complexity to your advantage.

Editors’ Note: Media is invited to attend the conference. Please contact Susan Haupt at 646-442-3495 for information.

About VCF
VCF is a leader in Retail and Supplier best practice solutions for the retail supply chain and is an advocate for collaboration in order to solve industry problems. VCF champions initiatives to increase strategic industry-wide productivity, profitability and growth. VCF serves a multitude of touch points in perfecting retailer-supplier execution to shorten cycle times and drive overall velocity in the supply chain. VCF draws participation from the North America's leading department, specialty and discount stores.

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