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How Retail Consolidation Can Increase Compliance and Savings

Suppliers who transport less than truckload, partial, or underutilized truckload shipments to retailers may struggle with noncompliance and significant chargebacks. By C.H. Robinson

July 8, 2016

Suppliers who work with large retailers must meet compliance program requirements.

Yet increasingly, many suppliers find this difficult to do.

Each compliance program is unique to the retailer, structured to provide a competitive advantage for them.

These programs specify how suppliers must set appointments and perform other activities to help the retailer improve efficiency, lower inventories, and respond most effectively to the consumer’s demands.

Without an effective retail strategy, it may be difficult for suppliers to cope with the variations and complexities of several retail programs.

Failure to meet retailers’ expectations results in chargeback fees; if noncompliance continues, the supplier may lose its retail customers altogether.

This white paper presents the issues that arise without a retail strategy, and explores the benefits of developing a retail consolidation program.

Retail consolidation does more than enable suppliers to comply with retail requirements and reduce chargebacks.

A viable retail consolidation program increases visibility across the entire supply chain. It breaks down silos that exist between shipping, purchasing, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, customer service, and sales.

While retail consolidation can increase transportation savings and the speed of transit, it can also help reduce inventory for the supplier and the costs associated with it. By doing so, it can improve the bottom line.

Contents

  • The Need for a Retail Strategy
  • How a Strategic Retail Consolidation Program Works
  • Benefits of a Retail Consolidation Program

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