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2007 Tech Conference Educational Session Descriptions

* For the exact timing of each of these sessions, as well as the room location, please click on the "Full Agenda" tab to the left.


The Complete Solution for Color Lifecycle Management

Presented by Tom Stutts, Datacolor

Brands and retailers are faced with numerous challenges in trying to effectively manage their supply chain. One of these challenges is the management of color. Without accurate color lifecycle management, companies may experience extended development calendars, delayed shipments and a reduction in the bottom line.  

Datacolor has provided expertise and proven color management technology around the world for more than 30 years. Datacolor Spectrum is an integrated suite of color management technologies that provides color lifecycle management throughout your supply chain.

During this discussion, we will focus on innovative technologies in color lifecycle management that will help companies ensure consistent color quality, reduce the cost of production and accelerate their products' speed to market. These solutions solve your color challenges throughout the supply chain resulting in an increase in your bottom line.


Color Lifecycle Management + Product Lifecycle Management

Presented by Matt Fowler, Datacolor

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) holds the promise of seamless connectivity from product concept, development, through to sourcing and distribution. Likewise, Color Lifecycle Management (CLM) provides digital color specification and communication along the supply chain to bring the right color at the right time from the mind of the designer to the market. Both technologies offer tangible solutions to retail and brand companies seeking to streamline their product cycles. This presentation will examine the common interfaces between color and product development processes and show how even relatively simple integrations between CLM and PLM can bring much needed benefit and value to the implementer.


FastFit: The SaaS solution for Fast Fashion

Presented by Roxy Starr, Shapely Shadow Inc.

FastFit is a technology designed for the garment technologist. It is the only after-produced TOP or POP viewing software. And it is a simple solution to increase speed to market throughout the demand chain. 

A new presentation of our new online features.  A must see.


Powered by Size USA Forms and Specifications

Presented by Ilona Foyer, Shapely Shadow Inc., Mike Fralix, [TC]2 & Cindy Istook, North Carolina State University

[TC]2 and Shapely Shadow Inc. join forces to produce forms, blocks and patterns for Size USA forms that will fit America. This roundtable discussion will provide the background utilized to determine the specifications and shape of these forms. These newly designed forms will help fit the largest percentage of Americans.  And they will help fit multiple shaped bottoms and tops in consideration of the long-known shape differences, i.e. the hourglass, pear and rectangle.  Fit America!


Photo to Proto: Is it for REAL or Twilight-Zone?

Presented by Harry Wessels, TukaTech

We are now able to use digital development methods for every part of the product development cycle.  This presentation will show how the entire process works from sketches through to approvals, using the latest in digital development technology, including CAD pattern making, online presentations and 3D virtual sample making.

The presentation will have a strong focus on using 3D prototyping as a fit development tool, and not just for consumer-level advertising or merchandising.

Additionally, the advantages to going digital will be discussed, vs. traditional development methods, in all areas of the development process.


Is 3D Just a Pretty Movie or a Tool for Developing Fit? How to Convert Pattern Makers to Pattern Engineers

Presented by Ram Sareen, TukaTech

If the garment doesn't fit, it doesn't sell. This presentation will share how many retailers, brands and suppliers have adopted fit solutions for digital samples and managed to reduce Product Development Time to days from weeks and months. Designing is not just about coming up with unique looks and striking styles. Today's technology allows users to develop patterns that are balanced before the first real sample is produced and students today are poised to use it and revolutionize the industry.


Developing A Strategic 'Fit' Plan

Presented by Edward A. Gribbin, Alvanon Inc.

Tracking industry best practices and proven, real-world strategies, we will explore how a brand or retailer can build 'fit' into a long-term competitive advantage by developing and executing a Strategic 'Fit' Plan. 

We will examine who owns, or should "own" fit; the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities for fit from designers to merchants to production to vendors; the differences between technical fit, aesthetic fit, and the customer's fit; how to achieve consistent execution and compliance with fit standards throughout the supply chain; how to educate, communicate and market fit; and how industry leaders in all segments are tapping into fit to build sales, market share, customer loyalty, and competitive advantage.


Source Tagging & Implementing Item Level RFID at the Point of Manufacture

Presented by Mark Thomas, Avery Dennison

The largest benefits of radio frequency identification are achieved when apparel and footwear items can be tagged at the point of manufacture. But there are many issues to consider when tagging at the source.

  • How to reconcile SKU numbers with the RFID code.
  • How to deal with variable color codes and match RFID codes with the correct tickets, and labels.
  • How to attach and apply RFID tickets and labels.
  • How to overcome the need for carrying large RFID base label inventory.
  • How to coordinate tagging items at several different manufacturing facilities.
  • How to tie all data into an 856 ASN.
  • How to receive and send all data from the Manufacturer back to the Retail operation.
  • How to identify the ROI for the Vendor and Supplier.


When Great Product + Great Price = No Sale

Presented by Scott Oldham, Blue Fox Porini

Your company makes wonderful products that you sell for excellent prices. That's great, but it's not good enough to guarantee that you'll get the big orders. Today, retailers look at their suppliers as their partners and expect you to keep in step with them throughout the hectic, last-minute-changing process we call the product lifecycle. Big retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and others offer portals to their partners to communicate design and production information through, but it's up to you to offer the same level of communication back to your customers. Since retailers keep score of how well you communicate with them and then choose which suppliers to work with based on their score, your business truly depends on you stepping up your efforts.

In this open-forum styled session, we'll examine various ways to help strengthen your company's value to your customers. We'll discuss the methods and practices of collaborative and proactive communication, ways to shed light into the black hole of import management and help you develop strategies to stay on course, on time and on margin.


Beyond Collaboration: Synchronizing the Product Development, Sourcing and Production Processes

Presented by Adikus Sulpizi, Business Management Systems Inc.

As apparel companies work diligently to remove time and cost from every aspect of the product lifecycle, many are recognizing the benefits of fostering greater collaboration and visibility between their product development, sourcing, and vendor activities. In today's fast-paced, global business environment, it's virtually impossible to achieve these strategic measures without the support of the right technology. 

Conventional product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions enable basic collaboration by sharing up-to-date product specifications. Supply chain management (SCM) tools help buyers and producers work together to ensure more accurate, on-time deliveries. Still a tremendous opportunity remains to achieve much more through a single, comprehensive business management solution that naturally synchronizes the planning, development, sourcing, and production processes.

This presentation will discuss how PLM and SCM technologies are being united in a leading edge technology to help supply chains cut development and lead times, increase overall visibility, and strengthen their competitive advantages. This new breed of extended capability software is already changing the way fashion retailers, brands, and garment suppliers compete and win through a tightly synchronized concept-to-delivery business process.


Expand your Online B2C Opportunities with Integrated Web-based Inventory Replenishment

Presented by Michael McDermott, Delta Enterprise & Ron Grilli, Computer Generated Solutions

Expand your business by selling your products direct to consumer via the Web. Join CGS to learn how BlueCherry clients leverage online distribution and "etailing" channels like Amazon.com to showcase their products while utilizing the Bluecherry Supply Chain Management suite to process customer orders via EDI transactions.


Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Strategies for PLM Success

Presented by Glenn Funk, ENOVIA MatrixOne 

Today's Apparel environment is marked by extreme pressures from market saturation, increased competition, consumer trends and changing operational models of outsourcing and globalization. Because no two brands are alike, PLM focus must be driven by unique business objectives, strategies and goals. Hear how leading brands in the Apparel industry are achieving success by applying a business value implementation methodology.


Advantages of the SaaS Model

Presented by Paul A. Friedman, Ph.D., Fashionware Solutions Inc.

It is always great to learn about new technologies. The key is if these new technologies will truly help improve your business and make it more efficient and will they save your company both time and money. The Software as a Service (SaaS) model can do all of these.  With no software to purchase and no lengthy implementation to endure, your company will be up and running in a short time with little up-front expense.

Once primarily used by large corporations and enterprise solutions, SaaS is now assisting small- and medium-sized companies with their application needs. The SaaS delivery model provides many distinct benefits over traditional on-site deployments. With SaaS applications there is no software to install or hardware to set-up. SaaS provides a strategic option for growing companies who want to improve their businesses without making a capital investment in software, hardware and implementation. Companies gain all the benefits of full-featured business application software without building and supporting a complex IT infrastructure.


Managing the Concept to Delivery Processes

Presented by Suzanne Auyeung, Gerber Technology

Fashion Lifecycle Management (FLM) now extends beyond traditional PLM functionality with the addition of Supply Chain Management (SCM) modules. SCM tasks pick up at the point when goods are purchased and start in production at the factory, then managing and tracking the production and executing the necessary shipping requirements through to receipt into the warehouse. Learn how FLM allows Brand Owners to manage the entire product lifecycle from initial concept to in-store delivery.


Tech Talk - IT Trends in the Apparel & Footwear Industry

Presented by HCL Technologies & Featuring a Panel of Leading Industry Practitioners from the Apparel & Footwear Industry

[Description to come.]


How Evil is your Inventory?

Presented by Bob McKee, Lawson

Inventory is an asset and as we've all been taught assets are good. Yet, the lower the inventory, the better the Return on Assets (ROA). Is this a dichotomous relationship? Inventory has both financial and operational impact.

At Lawson Software we've talked at several industry gatherings on The Intimate Supply Chain which is all about putting customers at the center of the universe or becoming truly "Customer-centric."  How can you do that and ignore the correlation between prompt and efficient fulfillment of orders to levels of finished goods inventory?

We need to employ elasticity in our inventory policies - the right amounts of the right inventory in the right places at the right times. In Fashion that requires systems support. Too often we create a set of expected results from systems, and when we achieve those results, we stop analyzing our systems support. We have to return to the process of continuous improvement and realize that just because we've decided that what we've accomplished is enough our competition hasn't.  Good enough is never good enough. 

Transform Your Business with Integrated PLM and Global Sourcing Solutions

Presented by Fred Isenberg, New Generation Computing

NGC ® (New Generation Computing ®) software enables Fashion, Apparel and Footwear Brands and Retailers to accelerate speed to market and gain real-time visibility throughout the supply chain, from Product Concept to Delivery.  In this fast-paced session, NGC will focus on the business benefits of integrated PLM, Global Sourcing and ERP solutions. Learn how leading companies have implemented web-based solutions that enable them to get products to the market faster and more efficiently, while reducing costs, increasing profit margins, optimizing full-price sell through and improving product quality. NGC will stress the importance of implementing integrated End-to-End solutions that encompass the entire Product Lifecycle, from Design and Development to Shipping and Receiving. If your company is looking to implement PLM or Sourcing solutions to maximize supply chain efficiency and deliver higher-quality goods, this presentation will be your guide. 


Geek Chic: Apparel Solutions Outside the Apparel Box: How Technology Is Revolutionizing the Apparel Industry and Beyond


Presented by Joshua Scott, Julia Shaw, Matt Bakhoum and Yoram Burg, OptiTex USA


In this presentation we will discuss the most exciting technology that is affecting the industry today. We are coming to a point where from sketch-to-sample can be a matter of hours or days instead of weeks. Companies are now using 3D digital sampling technology to speed up the design process as well as time to market. We will discuss how industry leaders who are already using this technology for user-generated content are now moving to bring mass customization and visualization to their customers.


Partnerships and collaborations are creating exciting new uses for applications that had only been used by the apparel industry. Uniting some of the most creative minds across the globe has and will continue to produce dynamic solutions to the apparel and sewn products industry. Some of these exciting initiatives are OptiTex'  recent appearance on Bravo TV; the first and largest introduction of 3D design solutions to the world's largest industry (the home sewers); and a sneak preview into the first real-life affordable cloth simulation geared toward game developers and animators.


How the Shifting Dynamics of Retail Are Accelerating the Evolution of Next Generation PLM

Presented by Kathleen Mitford, PTC

Fast fashion and the globalization of retail are changing the rules of achieving profitable growth. How can retailers successfully deliver on the promise of higher margin private label when selling to multiple channels in multiple regions?  How do wholesalers innovate with frequent new product introductions to carve out their space in retail? The answer lies with the heartbeat of effective product development: PLM. Not the generic, broad brush flavor of PLM that has been the industry buzz. Amidst the new rules for retail lies the imperative for the next generation of PLM: Process-focused, flexible, dynamic.

Drawing on examples across diverse product categories, geographies and distribution channels, we examine how industry leaders of all sizes are re-shaping product design and development in partnership with their suppliers.


Collaborative PLM: Is Your Company Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Speed to Market?

Presented by Stefano Lena, TXT e-Solutions

As the concept of "Fast Fashion" is gaining momentum, getting a product to market and managing shrinking product life cycles are a clear competitive advantage. Marc Jacobs makes the most of today's PLM technology and ensures they have the right products, in the right place, at the right cost at the right time.

In an era of unprecedented complexity, technology-savvy companies can plan collections, develop products, track supplies and analyze product performance in a tightly integrated, collaborative environment.

Industry expert Stefano Lena, Global VP of Sales for TXT e-solutions, will lead you through a case study of the challenges facing apparel companies today and the solutions for gaining a competitive edge in today's volatile marketplace.


Yes, You Can Customize a PLM Solution

Presented by Charles Benoualid, Visual 2000 USA Inc.

Let's face it: PDM/PLM software has been around for years, especially in other industries. So what is all the hype about? The hype is that PLM/PDM has become fasionable - pun intended. 

But PLM should not be a canned, one-size-fits all solution. Fashion companies have diverse needs and well-documented daily challenges. And operations can be tough to automate, because ultimately fashion is an art. Plus there's the pressure of time to market, and information must be accurate and up-to-date across multiple time zones, languages, cultures, seasons, buyers, etc.

In this presentation Visual 2000 will demonstrate how they addressed fashion industry challenges in Visual PDM.net product, and discuss the benefits of a solution that is completely customizable to fit your specific needs to a "T".


Product Lifecycle Management ON Time, ON Budget, ON Track

Presented by Darioush Nikpour, Yunique Solutions & Nancy Johnson, Optimyze

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software is considered the hottest technology for fashion companies. In today's mobile environment and dispersed global network, it has become vital in managing and accelerating their entire product development cycle, from concept through supplier tracking. Fashion companies, however, are especially slow to adopt this technology for fear of perceived costs, time and disruption.

This presentation will show that by combining the right software for your business, and having the help of an experienced PLM consultant, fashion companies can get an ON Time, ON Budget, ON Track PLM solution that will keep them competitive and profitable.

It takes planning, process analysis, business and IT involvement, project management, teamwork and execution, but it does not have to take years, or gigantic budgets.

Yunique Solutions presents several case studies where collaboration provides successful PLM implementations, and the roadmap to PLM success will be discussed.


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