2008 Apparel Tech Conference Educational Sessions

Wednesday, November 5

3:00 - 3:30pm


- Web-Based Apparel Product Development Outsourcing (APDO), Presented by Raj Sareen, Director, Tukatech (Ampitheater)
In the past 15 years, CAD drafting services in South Asia, particularly India, have grown into a core outsourcing business sector for automotive, industrial and many other engineering fields. Consequently, these sectors have dramatically decreased cost, decreased product development cycles, incorporated digital prototyping into the development process, and ultimately increased quality.

The apparel industry has been sourcing product development work, such as pattern making, grading, marker making and sample making for years to their manufacturers, but still suffers greatly from product development costs, quality control issues and lengthy prototyping/sample development cycles. Poor communication between vendors and buyers regarding technical specifications, and inadequate product development processes that lack digital methods are all responsible. Apparel Product Development Outsourcing (APDO) leverages existing 2D/3D CAD technologies, Web 2.0 PDM/PLM and Tech Pack API's, and online services in conjunction with knowledge-based product development consultants to provide a practical solution. We will discuss the advantages of an apparel firm outsourcing their pattern making, grading, marker making and virtual sample making to an online APDO vendor.

- Reduce the Sampling Process with Digital Photography, Presented by Roxy Starr, EVP Product Development, FastFit360 (Room 9)
Efficiency and speed to market mean everything in a world where retailers are placing more emphasis on global sourcing. By implementing new technology tools and finding creative uses for some older ones, retailers are addressing these crucial areas. In turn, they are generating better supply chain visibility and saving money across multiple business areas.

FastFit360 is a connectivity platform that bridges the language and cultural barriers of overseas manufacturing. Communicating with images (simple, huh?) creates a universal language that provides visibility into the supply chain for speed, flexibility, collaboration and stronger partnerships. Learn how to capture garments 360 degrees in seconds, point out fit corrections, show movement, silhouette or finish with small file sizes. See an approved sample compared to a production sample compared to an in-store sample€š¬Ã…¡¬ÃƒÆ'‚¬¦¡¬¦ Store your garments digitally. FastFit360 complements and integrates with both PDM/PLM. Consistency of photography provides consistency of fit. Find out how to make your fit room into the ultimate fit room.

- The "M"in PLM, Presented by Charles Benoualid, VP, Research & Development, Visual 2000 International (Room 4)
It is no secret that PLM software is an important tool in today's fast moving world of fashion. PDM/PLM tools help with productivity, give a competitive edge and open up new opportunities when successfully implemented.

Companies are able to achieve success by focusing on a few key factors during implementation, educating their users on how they can change their routine; how they share information and how they ultimately change the way they do business. You can have the best Product Development Management system, but if people don't endorse it, it's useless. The success of the implementation is measured by the extent of the information visibility across departments.

The management tools imbedded in the PLM and PDM applications emphasize the "M"factor. The more powerful these tools are, the more the management becomes powerful. We will discuss the different management tools required to successfully implement a fashion PLM solution.

3:45 - 4:15pm

- 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)
A certified software Yogi will be guiding you through the world of technology. We will be showing a snapshot of where technology stands now and what changes are in store for the future.

This presentation is for any company large or small who has used or is thinking about implementing a software solution. Soon the days of paper patterns and French curves will be gone and the only way to keep up with the pace of the industry is to know, use and share these technologies worldwide. With so many fixed costs in the industry technology is the best way to streamline costs, especially in difficult economic times.

The presentation will also cover some of the exciting new and continuing projects that OptiTex has been involved with including the second season of Tim Gunn's "Guide To Style"and a new partnership with Nvidia; both of these are putting our 3D technology into the homes of millions of Americans. As a special treat some of the audience will be receiving a surprise gift.

- New Technology: Is It a Way to Thrive in Today's Economy?, Presented by Bob McKee, Industry Strategy Director, Fashion, Lawson (Room 9)
Is your glass half full or half empty? Hear about some of the opportunities to sustain and improve your business performance in the current economy: 

* Are you fighting for survival in the current economic downturn? 
* Is managing your costs and maintaining your margins more important than ever?
* Do you have the information you really need to run your business and is it available at the time you need it?

Remember those boom times when you never had enough time to examine your business processes or to deploy new technology to improve efficiencies? Now is the time to review your processes and the returns new technology can deliver. Hear from Bob McKee on ways you can improve responsiveness, shave costs and reduce the working capital tied up in your business.

- Using PLM to Achieve Global Sourcing Visibility, Presented by Tim Covington, Principal Solutions Consultant, Dassault Systemes ENOVIA (Room 4)
Incorporate PLM into the sourcing process from the beginning stages of product design and development and gain real-time collaboration and true visibility into the sourcing pipeline. Learn how world-class strategies and the right technology can help you achieve speed-to-market, increase profitability and stay ahead of the competition.

4:30 - 5:00pm

- RFID in the Real World, Presented by Thomas Racette, Director, RFID Business Development, Motorola (Amphitheater)
The Motorola pilot at American Apparel has the makings to be the largest apparel item-level RFID rollout in the United States, and we are proud to be a part of it with our partners Vue Technology Inc. and Avery Dennison. With more than 40,000 items in the store and American Apparel's unique merchandising technique of displaying only one item of every size, style and color on the sales floor - proper replenishment and inventory tracking is paramount. We will present a brief overview of American Apparel, the goals established for the pilot, the hardware, software and tags chosen, the preparation and implementation and the amazing results that were achieved.

- Planning Considerations for Product Lifecycle Management Implementation
Presented by Bill Brewster, Vice President, Global Marketing & Product
Management, Gerber Technology (Room 9)
Even though the apparel and retail industry continues to contract in the wake of current economic and geopolitical conditions, planned investments in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems remain strong.

Now more than ever, companies are embracing the benefits that a PLM system can provide across the business enterprise. Designers, manufacturers and retailers recognize that some type of PLM solution will enhance their competitiveness by enabling them to become more efficient and more nimble. However, identifying which solution is best and how to implement it are where things can become overwhelming.

The secret to success is for companies to work up-front collectively, yet precisely, to define their needs and what they expect a PLM solution to provide. Once a solution is identified, careful and methodical implementation can make or break the success of even the best solution.

This session will cover some of the key business and process considerations which Gerber Technology recommends for every company - regardless of size or scope of PLM solution.


- 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)
The realities of a slow economy, fast-paced global competition, and demanding consumers highlight that intuition alone is not enough to guarantee success. Increasingly, executives and other decision makers are turning to business intelligence (BI) applications to better understand performance, execute faster and more effectively, and spot new opportunities. Paul Magel will discuss how fashion executives and managers can leverage BI to increase inventory turns, optimize product allocation, and improve vendor and customer scorecarding. Because BI consolidates and analyzes data from existing systems, BI has the potential to deliver immediate actionable insight to help companies greatly improve visibility into their operations as well as insight into new business opportunities.


Thursday, November 6

9:00 - 9:30am


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


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

- 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)
Apparel, like many other industries, is being stretched to the four corners of the world; in an attempt to reduce costs, sourcing and in some instances manufacturing is being established in the Far East and India; however whilst cost reductions are being met, the management of processes across geography is proving more costly than before, and organizations are seeking new ways to save money.

PLM is such a way and a process where the right technology can transform the way these activities are managed. However, before organizations launch into an implementation they should carefully consider what their aim is - what is their moment of truth? Cost reduction, a new image, faster product launches, beating the competition and gaining market share?

A clear vision will make the difference between a successful PLM project and a failed one. Using existing customers' projects as backdrop for this presentation, Stefano Lena, VP Global Sales for TXT e-solutions, will draw parallels between a clear vision and a unique solution for a successful PLM implementation.


9:45 - 10:15am

- Be a Better Partner & Reduce Travel Budgets with FastFit360, Presented by Roxy Starr, EVP Product Development, FastFit360 (Amphitheater)
Ever wish your vendor could see the same fit samples from the same point of view as the fit technicians? Technology continues to be a great enabler to visibility. Time differences and language barriers remain at the forefront of successful collaboration. Capture a garment from every angle, insert written comments into the images, and communicate fit revision directions without a separate written comment.

FastFit360 provides direct connectivity for product development collaboration, not to mention reduction of emails. Whether it's reviewing designs purchased from vendors, or to capture garments on models after a tech fit to review with designers, or to capture design intent meetings for tech design, FastFit360 is a technology solution you will want to explore for your company. Learn how to communicate with pictures instead of words. Give quality assurance the power to see the garments tech approved on site. Be a better partner by providing consistent visual communication. Reduce travel budgets with clear direction. Find out how an advanced working relationship can improve your performance and bottom line.

- CAD Systems, 3D Virtual Prototyping, Fit Forms and How to Streamline the Sample Development Process, Presented by Ram Sareen, CEO & Founder, Tukatech (Room 9)
In today's era of fast fashion, we are forced to make smaller quantities per style, and simultaneously increase our number of styles. But where is the time to design more styles, when our cost and time for the development of a single style is so high? Tukatech has focused its products, solutions and consulting to help industry meet this challenge. Specifically, we have built a suite of products that center on streamlining the sample development process. We will outline a typical iterative sample approval process by using real examples from industry. Drawing upon his experience, Ram Sareen, 35-year veteran of the apparel industry, will illustrate how our solutions are implemented in a typical scenario. Finally, we will discuss the return on investment for our products.


- PLM - Enabling Collaboration Between Product Development and Sourcing,
Presented by Kathleen Mitford, VP Product & Market Strategy, PTC (Room 4)
In today's difficult retail environment, retailers and brands are struggling with reducing cycle time while simultaneously improving sourcing processes. Successful companies have recognized that the key to success is early collaboration between merchandising, design, product development and sourcing. Learn how leading retailers and brands are leveraging PLM to unify their product development teams in order to deliver trend right, high quality products to market on time.

1:30 - 2:00pm

- China Retail: Mecca or Minefield? The Opportunity and Challenge for Western Brands, Presented by Ed Gribbin, President, AlvaInsight, A Division of Alvanon, Inc. (Amphitheater)
With China poised to become the world's second largest consumer market for apparel, how can Western brands and retailers capitalize on the opportunity, while understanding and mitigating the risks?

- Leaders Lead...Profiting with Enterprise PLM in a Down Economy
Presented by Ray Hein, EVP, Marketing Strategy and Business Development, Centric Software (Room 9)
The economic outlook is not encouraging. Many apparel and footwear manufacturers and retailers may choose to cut back to weather the storm. Where some see doom and gloom, visionaries see opportunities. The leaders in the industry are poised to capitalize on the bad economic conditions and exploit the paralysis of their competitors.
As seen over the past decade in other industries, leaders leverage strategic investments in enterprise IT infrastructure to do more with less, and increase production and gross margins. The cycle of IT adoption is just beginning in the apparel and footwear industry, with the focus on enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions to spur product innovation, and increase gross margins and return on investment.
Centric Software will discuss the strategic business drivers of using enterprise PLM systems comprised of global sourcing, line planning, PDM and calendar management to drive business benefits throughout the organization. Especially in a poor economy, leaders are investing in enterprise PLM to bring new products to market faster, lower product costs, and utilize global collaboration for design and sourcing.

- 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)
Is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) right for you? What type of ERP solutions will truly benefit fashion companies in our challenging market conditions? Recent developments in SaaS may offer more economically feasible alternatives than traditional packaged software offerings. How can businesses make the right decisions that protect their financial and operational investments, and open the door to leverage newer technologies as a competitive advantage?

The session will focus on the risks and rewards associated with today's offerings, and help guide businesses into what is best for them. We will share our thoughts on different approaches to software investment, infrastructure requirements, implementation project success and ongoing operating costs.

Since change is inevitable in today's global business environment, the success of ERP solution decisions must be based on the right combination of flexibility, scalability, affordability and likelihood of operational success.


2:15 - 2:45pm

- 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)
Steve Czetty, Sky IT Group's VP and BI Architect, will introduce SKYPAD and SKY IT Group and discuss the history of SKYPAD's creation and the business needs it addresses. Also discussed will be the technology used to create Retail POS Sales Performance Dashboards. Ed Eskew, CTO at Chaus USA, will discuss his company's experiences using SKYPAD and how it has benefited key users with merchandizing decisions and collaboration with their retail customers.

- The Complete Solution for Color Lifecycle Management, Presented by Tom Stutts, Sr. Account Manager - Apparel and Footwear, Datacolor (Room 9)
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 product's speed to market. These solutions solve your color challenges throughout the supply chain resulting in an increase in your bottom line.


- Prediction, Production, Performance: Radical Results, Presented by Sue Welch, CEO, TradeStone Software (Room 4)
Retailers have always struggled with how to optimize their merchandise mix by moving prediction closer to production. They also understand how important it is to have on-trend items in store and how difficult that is to do when there is a hard commitment to production quantities and flows. With the right postponement strategies in place, they are able to wait until the last minute to impact color, size, geography and silhouette. This allows for multiple in-season product modifications based on sales and predictive analysis to enable dynamic re-assortments of new products and variations within original commitment quantities. By bringing prediction closer to production, the right software and retail strategies can help a retailer increase the number of on-trend items they have on shelves - allowing them to sell more items through at full price and saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year dollars in markdowns! TradeStone Software CEO Sue Welch will explain how "Prediction to Production"is the future of retail.


3:00 - 3:30pm

- Apparel Image Management - an Enterprise Approach, Presented by Dan Hudson, President, E-Spec Inc. (Room 9)
Images drive the apparel business process. They are our most effective communication tool. They can also be the single largest problem if not managed. Terabytes of images are generated each season; over-sized files and duplication clog systems and the network. Apparel images do not fit the standard data models used in other industries. Apparel images transcend departments and systems - take a step back; manage your images across the entire enterprise.

Images drive the Fashion and Apparel processes
Images are not owned by a single system
One to Many - Many to One; files vs. images
Single Point of Truth - System of Record
How do Artists and Designers really work?
Leveraging your investment in Adobe Creative Suite
Digital Asset Management - yet another DAM system
PDFs are images too!
How to - evolution; not revolution.


- 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)
Selecting and implementing a new computer system can be a risky process. Selecting the wrong system or failing to successfully implement can cause irreversible damage to the strongest of companies. The right system successfully implemented could be the stepping stone to improving the effectiveness and longevity of your business. This presentation examines the critical factors for selecting a computer system, and vital strategies to ensure a successful implementation.

We invite you to review our article, "I Hate This Computer,"found at www.teegerschiller.com/Publications.htm for a review of the topic.