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Leading West Coast Fashion Brands Streamline Supply Chain and Accelerate Time to Market
Presented by: Paul Magel, SVP Application Solutions, Computer Generated Solutions; Brian Abraham, IT Director, Four Star Distribution
 
Join CGS to learn how BlueCherry® clients accelerate speed to market, streamline operations and manage profitable growth through greater visibility, improved shipping accuracy, enhanced collaboration with tightly integrated technology, robust functionality and paperless automated workflow to meet the most demanding requirements of leading fasion apparel global brands.


How Apparel Companies Can Leverage Technology for Increased Visibility and Supply Chain Optimization
Presented By: Maurice Cohen, Director of Consulting, ASi

Successfully managing a complex and highly seasonal inventory is all about information and visibility. Whether it is a shortage in materials, product allocation or managing overseas production, the perfect Supply Chain Solution must be quick to implement, familiar to your employees, scalable, and provide real-time information at the touch of a button.  In this 30-minute presentation, Advanced Systems Integration (ASi), a Gold Certified Microsoft Dynamics AX Solution Partner, will introduce the Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta) platform and discuss why it is tailor made for rapidly growing fashion companies. ASi will present case studies related to supply chain visibility and optimization and demonstrate why using Microsoft technology is good but using the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform is better!

ASi, with over 10 years experience in the apparel industry, has worked with some of the most recognizable names in fashion including Fox Racing, Sole Technology and Fortune Fashion Industries (FFI).  ASi's AX-SMART Footwear Apparel Solution is built from the ground up on the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform and provides a perfect fit today and tomorrow. 


Best Practices in Product Lifecycle Management: A Case Study
Presented By: Almarina Bianchi, Director, Apparel Industry Marketing, Centric Software

Apparel makers face a variety of challenges as they work to bring new product lines to market quickly. These include: disconnected design, forecast, and sales information; multiple and separated information silos; geographically dispersed designers and suppliers; difficulty in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams; time wasted in searching for correct information; insufficient information available for decision making; and difficulty keeping all parties informed while moving forward quickly. Centric allows apparel manufacturers to collect relevant season, sales, cost and specification information easily; make collection and lines decisions with confidence; execute across boundaries in a timely manner; and assess progress and adjust more quickly. This presentation examines a case history illustrating how Centric was quickly implemented and delivered these benefits to a well-known apparel manufacturer.


The Complete Solution for Color Lifecycle Management
Presented by Tom Stutts, Strategic Account Manager, 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.


Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Strategies for PLM Success
Presented By: Eric Roesch | Principal Solutions Consultant | ENOVIA
 
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.   

The Four Cornerstones of a Successful PLM Implementation
Presented By: Robert D. Bangser, Lawson
 
There is no push-button PLM implementation. In this presentation, we will review some of the foundational elements that can help an Apparel Brand or Retailer to optimize the likelihood of success in their PLM implementation. The responsibility falls to both, the client, as well as the vendor. We will outline the actions and disciplines that can help to make this mission-critical project a success.
 

 
Are You Disappointing Your Customers? Fixing the Broken Process Between Assortment Planning and Replenishment
Presented by Ann Florine, Senior Solution Consultant, Lawson

Many fashion brand owners are becoming more retail oriented and companies that were traditionally manufacturers have started their own retail operations. Getting the right assortments into stores and keeping store inventory replenished is a major challenge for such companies.
 
Do you struggle with spreadsheets or other ineffective and inefficient assortment and replenishment planning tools that:
* Are difficult and time consuming to work with?
* Do not handle all constraints, rules, and options, or manage change effectively?
* Lack multi-user support and the integration needed to build and manage assortments?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Lawson M3 Assortment Replenishment Planner could be right for you. Assortment Replenishment Planner is a single integrated solution that fixes the broken process between assortment planning and replenishment.
* Avoid stock-outs and minimize markdowns by ensuring a better product mix.
* Achieve higher sell-through rates by improving inventory settings and replenishment.
* Improve agility to respond faster to changes.
* Reduce manual work and human error.
* Benefit from a lower total cost of ownership.
 
Learn how Lawson can help you delight both your customers and shareholders.
 
 
Get Board from your Graphics?
Presented By: Jill M. Simmons, KALEDO Business Development Manager, Lectra

Lectra, the #1 technology provider to the fashion industry, will host a session and provide an examination of the design and use of graphics, logos, and textiles, and their interactions with minibodies (dolls) based on size and scale. The session will then explore the possibilities for creating storyboards for both internal and external presentations, making the most of the design assets that are available to an organization.


Product Development for a Vertically Integrated Manufacturer and Retailer: Using Technology to Grow
Presented By: Tory Lowitz, Director of Product Development, American Apparel and Microsoft

American Apparel is the largest garment factory in the United States with the largest stocked T-shirt line in the country. Creating fabrics that range from synthetic to organic cotton, American Apparel offers a variety of clothing for men, women, children and pets. Providing a worker-friendly atmosphere and an eco-responsible manufacturing facility has made the company one of the fastest-growing consumer apparel brands in the United States. As a vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer, American Apparel knits, cuts, sews, markets, distributes, and designs T-shirts from its 800,000-square-foot facility in downtown LA.

Director of product development, Tory Lowitz, will discuss how American Apparel has become a leader in the industry as a result of a remarkable product design process and the use of technology, which has facilitated the growing business.


Transform Your Business with Integrated PLM and Global Sourcing Solutions
Presented By: Fred Isenberg, VP of Sales, NGC
 
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 faster and more efficiently to the market, 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.
 


Mastering Inventory Management to More Effectively Manage Your Fashion Business
Presented by Harry Hidding, President & Cris Searle, Vice President, Pebblestone  
 
The concerns facing apparel brand managers and product distributors correlate directly to reporting on various stages of inventory management.  Inventory is the definition of your business; it is where the highest costs are; and it is where most of your employees' time is spent. In short, inventory ultimately defines your profitability.
 
 
This informative session will review key areas of how an ERP system can help you better manage your fashion business. These include: Reporting (to include on-line information, customized reporting and external reporting applications, such as business intelligence/dashboard); Visibility of Inventory (to include margins, location, bin and color/size availability, production and demand management, etc.); Leveraging the Microsoft platform; and Product Life Cycle and Development Management (to include bringing the design department under one roof and having access to design versions within the production environment).


Why is PLM Gaining Momentum with Leading Companies in the Fashion Industry?
Presented By: Scott Starr, Regional Director for North America, PTC 
 
Why is PLM gaining momentum with leading companies in the fashion industry?
 
The adoption of PLM has grown considerably in the Retail, Footwear, and Apparel industry in the past couple of years and the PLM footprint is continuing to expand in the marketplace. Scott Starr, Regional Director for North America from PTC, will define what PLM is and the reasons why a company should implement PLM. The presentation will take you through the business initiatives behind adopting PLM such as reducing cycle time, adopting fast fashion, mastering global product development, and increasing supply chain collaboration. Learn how customers such as Liz Claiborne, Patagonia, Converse, and Reitmans have been able to benefit significantly from their adoption and implementation of PLM.
 
 
From Tech Pack to Final Sample - Cost: $38, Time: 2 days
Presented by Helen Armstrong, Author; Maribel Diaz, Timex Group & Ram Sareen, CEO/Founder, TUKATECH

Tesco, Maggy London, Jessica Parker, PVH, NEXT and many others are already doing what it takes to reduce cost and get their product developed and approved in 48 to 72 hours. 
 
Development time is shrinking and the number of samples required to get approval is going up, which is why it's necessary to use digital solutions with exact and accurate results.
 
Helen Armstrong, best-selling author of Patternmaking for Fashion Design; Maribel Diaz of Timex Group, a major manufacturer in Sri Lanka; and Ram Sareen, CEO/Founder of TUKATECH, will each present their views of this technology from their own unique perspectives.  Join us as we use real-life examples of companies at the forefront of apparel technology to show the huge cost and time savings of digital pattern creation and digital samples for the fast moving California apparel industry. 
 
 
Product Lifecycle Management - ON Time, ON Budget, ON Track
Presented by Darioush Nikpour, VP of Business Development, Yunique Solutions 
 
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 the business and by having good planning, Fashion Companies can get an ON Time, ON Budget, ON Track PLM solution which 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 will present several case studies of successful PLM implementations, and will provide a roadmap to PLM success.  
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