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Apparel's 2008 Executive Forum
Theme: Real-World Strategies for Excelling in a Dynamic Apparel Environment
 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

3:00 - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Apparel Editorial Board Meeting

6:00 - 7:00 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception

Evening Activities 

Sponsor Networking Dinners

Monday, October 6, 2008 / First Day Sessions

7:30 - 11:45 am

Registration Open

7:30 - 8:15 am

Networking Breakfast 

8:15 - 8:20 am
Forum Opening Comments
Susan Black, Publisher, Apparel
8:20 - 9:05 am
Opening Keynote Address
Tapping Inspiration to Fuel Innovation

Speaker
Patty Devlin, What's Next, Play

Forget gas prices. Businesses are in the midst of a human energy crisis that, if left unchecked, will deplete individuals, teams and organizations of their abilities to grow and change in traditional and emerging markets. The good news is that there's a renewable energy source waiting to be tapped: Inspiration. Don't miss this highly dynamic and interactive session from leading creative and innovation firm Play in which we will focus on defining the meaning of innovation today and explore how innovation can be integrated into the business model, culture and practices of a corporation in order to reach beyond customers' imaginations.

9:10 - 10:00 am

General Session #1
PLM: Achieving Value Chain Orchestration
 
Moderator
Jeffrey F. Hojlo, Research Analyst, AMR Research Inc.

Panelists:
Mike Feliton. Vice President of Information Systems, The Warnaco Group
Cathy Thorpe, Executive Vice President, Please Mum
Lisa West, Corporate Director of Supply Chain Management Systems, Maggy London

Faster time to market, lower product costs and improved design are the top three benefits of product lifecycle management (PLM), according to the 2008 PLM Research Study conducted by Apparel and AMR Research Inc. AMR's Jeffrey Hojlo will present an executive summary and note significant benchmark highlights of this third annual in-depth study. He then will moderate a panel of leading retailers and brands to discuss their real-world PLM initiatives, including their strategies, successes to date and next steps.

10:00 - 10:35 am

Networking Coffee Break

10:35 - 11:25 am

General Session #2
Consumer Trends in Multi-Channel Retailing
 
Speaker:
Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group Inc.
 
As competition for consumers' disposable income escalates, retailers (and the brands that sell to them) are ever more challenged to connect with their customers in multiple channels. This session will explore the paths consumers are traveling to make their apparel purchases, as well as their expectations regarding product, the buying experience and service.
11:30 am Break for Golf and Afternoon Activities
12:30 pm Shotgun start to Golf
7:00 - 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception
8:00 - 10:00 pm Dinner
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 / Closing Day

7:30 - 11:30 am

Registration Open

7:30 - 8:30 am Networking Breakfast
7:30 - 8:00 am Breakfast starts
8:00 - 8:30 am Sustainability Presentation & Roundtable Discussion
8:30 - 8:40 am   
Day Two Opening Comments
Susan Black, Publisher, Apparel
8:40 - 9:30 am
Second Day Opening Keynote
Mapping a China Strategy for the Future
 
Speaker:
Carri Barnett, Designer, VP of US Sales, Chinamine Trading Ltd.

China's apparel and retail landscape is in a dynamic state - the increase in wages, competition, and ecological issues, quotas expiration, and ever changing political and social impact create price uncertainty where true collaborative partnerships are now the price of entry for continuous success. In this up-to-the minute, frank presentation, Chinamine Trading Ltd.'s Carri Barnett will share the reality of what's happening on the ground today in China's apparel industry, as well as her vision for what's ahead in the next two to three years. Topics of interest will include R&D investment, consolidations, the need for more technology and marketing acumen, ways of shortening the supply chain, potential opportunities and more. Whether you view China as a production source, a selling ground or merely competition, this session is not to be missed.

9:35 - 9:55 am

General Session #3 - Part I
Sustainability: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint from Start to Finish
 
Speaker:
La Rhea Pepper, Executive Director, Organic Exchange
 
Greening your supply chain is great for pleasing the consumer and protecting the environment, but now, with a shrinking economy and gas prices at an all-time high, it is also - hands down - a necessity for your company's bottom line. Part I of this session will offer an executive update on the critical role sustainability is playing in the apparel and retail industries.
9:55 - 10:25 am Networking Coffee Break
10:25 - 11:25 am
General Session #3 - Part II
Sustainability: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint from Start to Finish
Sustainability Panel Discussion: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
 
Moderator:
La Rhea Pepper, Executive Director, Organic Exchange
 
Panelists:
David Basson, President, The Source/Greensource
Elissa Loughman, Environmental Analyst, Patagonia
Matt Reynolds, President, Indigenous Designs Corporation
Mike Smith, VP/Sales & Chairperson, PEI's Sustainability Committee, Perry Ellis 
 
In Part II of this dynamic super-session, panelists will provide an in-depth look at the entire apparel supply chain to demonstrate myriad ways, both large and small, in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and keep your business thriving. Whether you're far down the "green" road or just beginning to analyze your business from an eco-friendly perspective, this discussion will provide something for everyone. Topics of interest will include organic inputs and raw materials sourcing, optimization of transportation and logistics, renewable energy sources, developing global standards, sustainability best practices and more.
11:25 am      
Forum Closing Comments
Susan Black, Publisher, Apparel
11:30 am    Apparel's 2008 Executive Forum concludes
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