VCF and Trade Promotion Management Associates (TPMA) will be Hosting Best-Practices Conferences in 2010

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VCF, formerly Vendor Compliance Federation, and Trade Promotion Management Associates (TPMA) will be hosting best-practices conferences in 2010 to help retailers and suppliers boost profits with the latest strategies and innovations impacting the forecasting-to-cash cycle.

Buyer and merchant lean inventory models have put great stress on supply chains

VCF and TPMA have scheduled an all-star lineup of retail related events for 2010 to uncover profitable strategies and technology-based solutions throughout the forecasting-to-cash cycle. Participants will collaborate to improve retailer-supplier execution on forecasting, trade promotion optimization, inventory management, product lifecycle management, replenishment, deduction management, compliance and supply chain velocity.

“Smart Inventory”: Selling More With Less- March 16-17, 2010
At the VCF Spring Conference in Manhattan Beach, CA, trading partners will gain key insights into Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, Allocation and Smart Inventory in a Lean Economy. In key workshops, major retailers will be sharing proven best practices for getting inventories right and will impart new 2010 business initiatives that suppliers need to know.

“Buyer and merchant lean inventory models have put great stress on supply chains,” stated Kim Zablocky, Founder and Chairman of VCF. “VCF has taken a leadership role to bring together the Planning, Allocation and Supply Chain management teams of all trading partners for a collaborative two-day session.”

Recovery 2010: Trade Promotion - Where's it heading? May 3-4, 2010
The TPMA Annual Conference at the Marriott O’Hare in Chicago, IL is a must attend event for retail and vendor trade promotion and marketing professionals. This conference will cover pertinent issues, including: forecasting, online marketing, private label and turnkey programs, deduction management, using trade promotion to drive increased sales, RFID displays that provide proof of performance, and more.

"The need to optimize trade promotion processes and TP spending - remain a constant goal," said Bob Houk, Executive Director of TPMA. "And now, we need to shift our focus to take full advantage of trade promo's ability to drive sales in a recovery.”

In addition, plan to stay one more day in Chicago and attend the VCF “Transforming Deduction Management” seminar on May 5.

VCF: Transforming Deduction Management- May 5, 2010
This is one, of a series of special VCF workshops, to be held at the Marriott O’Hare in Chicago, IL. It will help companies understand retail compliance, technology, and strategies for preventing deductions that dilute profits, and much more! Companies looking to streamline and get better results from the deduction management process, can ill afford to miss this opportunity to learn from peers and true industry experts.

Highlights include:

  •     Retail compliance policies and compliance deduction prevention
  •     Data mapping to streamline deduction and cash processing
  •     Internal reason code methodology against best practices
  •     EDI/ASN - Routing & Compliance chargebacks
  •     Executive deduction reporting
  •     Recognizing a valid cost of doing business vs. preventable deductions
  •     Best practices in RTV reconciliation

VCF RETAILER-ONLY: Merchandise Supplier Management: Driving the Perfect Order - June 13-15, 2010
This Retailer-Only event at the Teaneck Marriott in Teaneck, NJ will help retail executives elevate their supplier management programs to a higher level. Retailers will learn about:

  •     Receiving audit practices
  •     Vendor performance metrics and ranking
  •     Retail vendor scorecards
  •     Supplier data sharing
  •     Vendor compliance communication

“VCF represents retail executives whose charge is to drive an error-free flow of goods, reduce cycle time, and move goods from the distribution center to the shelf,” VCF’s Kim Zablocky noted.

This is a must attend event for retail executives in operations, logistics, vendor relations, vendor performance management and vendor compliance.

VCF Retailer & Supplier Spring Conference: 10th Anniversary Celebration June 15-17, 2010
At this conference at the Teaneck Marriott in Teaneck, NJ, vendors will explore best practices for improving strategic retail-supplier business processes that curb deductions and contribute directly to the bottom line. At this conference, vendors will:

  •     Elevate their status in retailer-supplier award programs
  •     Tap into automation strategies that work for their organizations
  •     Participate in one-on-one meetings with retailers
  •     Participate in the always popular Vendor Open Forum session to share ideas and gain insights
  •     As a special feature, attendees will enjoy a luxury cruise around New York City!

VCF Fall National Conference: VCF’s Main Event - November 7-10, 2010
Save the date, as the Vendor Compliance Federation will return to Scottsdale, AZ for its Fall National Conference. Check the VCF website at for more details in the coming months.

For more information, please contact Kim Zablocky at 646-442-3476.

About Vendor Compliance Federation (VCF)
VCF is a leader in Retail and Vendor best practice solutions for supplier-retailer collaboration and is an advocate for retailer-supplier trading synchronization. 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 Nations' leading department, specialty and discount stores.

About Trade Promotion Management Associates (TPMA)
TPMA is the leading organization driving best-in-class process for global trade promotion management (TPM) and trade promotion optimization (TPO). TPMA is dedicated to the effective and efficient use of trade promotion dollars and serves as a collaborative resource for research and metrics for companies such as Hormel, Dial, Del Monte, Cargill Meat Solutions, Hewlett-Packard, Nintendo, Land O’Lakes, and Johnson & Johnson.

Press contact:
Susan Haupt
Director of Operations
Vendor Compliance Federation
51 Cragwood Road Suite 200
So. Plainfield, NJ 07080
Tel: 646-442-3495 | Fax: 908-755-7451


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