Agenda at-a-glance

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
12:30 - 5:00 pm Registration
12:30 - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Opening Keynote & Apparel All-Star Awards

Creating More Ca-Ching at the Cash Register -- How Advanced Selling Technologies Are Driving Apparel Sales, Janet Suleski, Senior Research Analyst, Retail, AMR Research Inc.

Brands, manufacturers and retailers alike have a common goal in wanting to create more consumer sales of apparel. And whether the buying locale is brick and mortar, online or catalogs, there are a number of advanced selling technologies shaping how to better engage and satisfy the customer. It's more critical than ever to understand how best practices related to localized assortment planning, customer intelligence, customer relationship management, multi-channel e-commerce and more can impact your bottom line. This engaging research-based presentation is a must-attend for anyone wanting to create more ca-ching for their brand, label or selling channel!
2:00 - 3:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time
3:00 - 3:30 pm  - Web-Based Apparel Product Development Outsourcing (APDO), Presented by Raj Sareen, Director, Tukatech (Ampitheater)

- Reduce the Sampling Process with Digital Photography, Presented by Roxy Starr, EVP Product Development, FastFit360 (Room 9)

- The "M" in PLM, Presented by Charles Benoualid, VP, Research & Development, Visual 2000 International (Room 4)

3:45 - 4:15 pm
- Software Yoga: How Technology Adds Strength, Flexibility and Peace of Mind to the Production Cycle, Presented by Joshua Scott, Sabrina Cove, Julia Shaw and Yoram Burg.OptiTex USA Inc. (Amphitheater)

- New Technology: Is It a Way to Thrive in Today's Economy?, Presented by Bob McKee, Industry Strategy Director, Fashion, Lawson (Room 9)

- Using PLM to Achieve Global Sourcing Visibility, Presented by Tim Covington, Principal Solutions Consultant, Dassault Systemes ENOVIA (Room 4)

4:30 - 5:00 pm
- RFID in the Real World, Presented by Thomas Racette, Director, RFID Business Development, Motorola (Amphitheater)

- Planning Considerations for Product Lifecycle Management Implementation
Presented by Bill Brewster, Vice President, Global Marketing & Product
Management, Gerber Technology (Room 9)

- Business Intelligence - Smart Technology to Increase the Bottom Line During a Slow Economy, Presented by Paul Magel, Senior Vice President, CGS Application Solutions, Computer Generated Solutions Inc. (Room 4)
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Networking Reception
Thursday, November 6, 2008
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Exhibits Open 
9:00 - 9:30 am

- Get Board From Your Graphics?, Presented by Jill M. Simmons, KALEDO Business Development Manager, Lectra Americas (Amphitheater)

- Transform Your Business with Integrated PLM and Global Sourcing Solutions, Presented by Mark Burstein, VP PLM Solutions, New Generation Computing (NCG) (Room 9)

- To Achieve a Successful PLM Implementation Look Ahead of the Solution and Find Your Moment of Truth, Presented by Stefano Lena, VP Global Sales, TXT e-Solutions (Room 4)

9:45 - 10:15 am

- Be a Better Partner & Reduce Travel Budgets with FastFit360, Presented by Roxy Starr, EVP Product Development, FastFit360 (Amphitheater)

- CAD Systems, 3D Virtual Prototyping, Fit Forms and How to Streamline the Sample Development Process, Presented by Ram Sareen, CEO & Founder, Tukatech (Room 9)

- PLM - Enabling Collaboration Between Product Development and Sourcing,
Presented by Kathleen Mitford, VP Product & Market Strategy, PTC (Room 4)

10:15 - 11:15 am Exclusive Exhibit Time
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Second Day Keynote:

Smart Strategies for Winning New Customers in a Shaky Economy, Richard Hastings, Consumer Strategist, Global Hunter Securities LLC

Growing your business in today's dynamic economic climate requires a sound understanding of consumer behavior, well-honed tactics for identifying opportunities and real-world strategies for turning knowledge into action. Join leading industry strategist Richard Hastings as he delves into the trends, challenges and opportunities impacting the apparel and retail industry this holiday season, and in the coming year.

Hastings will discuss the issues that are top-of-mind with your customers, ranging from new evolving trends in multimedia promotions, green initiatives and lifestyle branding to new consumer behaviors within an international market. He'll discuss the leading factors that dominate the American economy, and how they trickle down to purchasing decisions for clothing. Plus, he'll share the tools that apparel and retail executives need to offset negative impacts and recommend what groundwork they should be laying today to achieve solid growth for tomorrow.

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Lunch & Exclusive Exhibit Time

1:30 - 2:00 pm - China Retail: Mecca or Minefield? The Opportunity and Challenge for Western Brands, Presented by Ed Gribbin, President, AlvaInsight, A Division of Alvanon, Inc. (Amphitheater)

- Leaders Lead ... Profiting with Enterprise PLM in a Down Economy
Presented by Ray Hein, EVP, Marketing Strategy and Business Development, Centric Software (Room 9)

- Newer Technologies and Solutions Deliver Better Options for Fashion Businesses; the Key is Flexibility and Scalability, Presented by Ron Grilli, CEO Simparel, Inc. (Room 4)
2:15 - 2:45 pm - SKYPAD: ROI and Benefits of SaaS POS Analytics to Wholesalers, Presented by Steve Czetty, VP and BI Architect & Tony Pechenik VP of Business Development, SKY IT Group & Ed Eskew, CIO, Bernard Chaus (Amphitheater)

- The Complete Solution for Color Lifecycle Management, Presented by Tom Stutts, Sr. Account Manager - Apparel and Footwear, Datacolor (Room 9)

- Prediction, Production, Performance: Radical Results, Presented by Sue Welch, CEO, TradeStone Software (Room 4)
3:00 - 3:30 pm - Apparel Image Management - an Enterprise Approach, Presented by Dan Hudson, President, E-Spec Inc. (Room 9)

- The Do's and Don'ts of Selecting and Implementing a Computer System for Your Business, Presented by David Teeger, Director, Teeger Schiller (Room 4)
3:00 pm

Exhibits Close


Tabletop exhibits will be open throughout the Conference on both days, however, we also have designated blocks of exclusive exhibit time to allow you ample time to both visit with the vendors of your choice and attend sessions of interest.