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2010 Apparel Tech Conference West

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10:00 - 11:00 am

"2010's Hot Button Issues"
Keynote Presentation,
Presented by Ilse Metchek, President, California Fashion Association (CFA)

This Special Presentation from the CFA will give attendees a lively and informative overview and update of several of the critical and current 'hot button' topics affecting the industry in 2010, with a focus on such issues as:
  • Current Standing on The Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act
  • Pending Changes for International Imports - Are Quotas Coming Back?
  • Reviewing '10+2' rules for Import Security - Penalties are Now in Force
  • The Greening of Apparel - Real Deal or Green Washing?
  • Examining 'Trade Dress,' 'Design Piracy'& the Latest Copyright Case Rulings
  • The Credit Crunch - 'New' Financial Mechanisms for Doing Business

    Presentation of Apparel's Sustainability All Stars

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Utilizing Collaborative PLM and Sourcing Solutions in a Global Environment: Billabong Group, Presented by Mark Burstein, NGC (New Generation Computing) & Billabong Group

    NGC (New Generation Computing) software enables Fashion, Apparel and Footwear Brands and Retailers to accelerate speed to market, improve efficiency, and gain real-time visibility throughout the supply chain, from Line Plan to Delivery. First, NGC will focus on the business benefits of integrated PLM, Global Sourcing and ERP solutions. Then, learn how Billabong Group is implementing a web-based solution that enables them to get products faster and more efficiently to the market, while reducing costs, increasing profit margins, and optimizing full-price sales. NGC will stress the importance of implementing integrated 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 reduce cycle time and maximize supply chain efficiency, this presentation will be your guide.
  • PLM: The Technology Backbone for Better Margins, Reducing Cycle Time and Enabling Innovation, Presented by JP Provencher, PTC & Jeff Goldman, Agron Inc.

    Industry trends and market challenges are forcing companies to look at smarter ways to operate their business. Leading-edge brands have embraced Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to drive operational efficiency, enable faster innovation and improve product quality to gain a competitive edge.

    In this presentation, PTC's JP Provencher will define current industry trends impacting business processes, and how PLM can help streamline processes and deliver tangible business benefits. Hear from Jeff Goldman of Agron Inc., an accessory licensee for Adidas America, about their experience with PLM, including their key business initiatives and benefits realized.

1:00 - 1:30 pm

  • Dressed for Success: GUESS Designers Give the Straight Talk on PLM, Presented by Brea Haley, Associate Designer, GUESS & Susan Olivier, Director, Retail, Footwear and Apparel Market Development, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes

    The world knows GUESS. Today, it is one of the most widely recognizable apparel companies across the globe. A company known for innovative style, GUESS continues to dress and accessorize the world with fashion-forward apparel, handbags, watches, shoes and more. As such, the designers behind the label are under intense pressure to design and develop the best products in the most efficient manner possible. Enter Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). During this session you'll hear how GUESS designers like Brea Haley are leveraging PLM every day to design and develop confident, alive and stylish products. While many designers fear that systems will limit creativity, PLM actually gives GUESS designers a clear, coordinated flow of information between all parties, making product design and development faster and more efficient, and giving them more time to be creative. Designers work within a live system throughout the day and updates to designs are available to colleagues, partners and suppliers around the globe as soon as they are released. Attend this session and hear first-hand about the benefits designers are achieving by using a global, collaborative PLM solution.
  • Rise to the Top with a PLM Integration, Presented by Simon Poulton, Vice President of Sales - Strategic Fashion and PLM, Lectra

    Join us as we explore how a leading sports brand has been able to integrate PLM over the past year. For years, this company has developed and marketed sportswear products for athletes. They are represented globally and present in 80 countries; they are recognized as one of the premium brands for best performing equipment and apparel.

    In this presentation, learn how PLM helps manage at a central level all the processes of your Design & Development department, starting from the design phase, through the product engineering, through to the modelling and fitting of the prototypes and samples. 

2:00 - 2:30 pm

  • 24/7 Global Operations: Supply Chain & PLM - A Customer Case Study, Presented by Lenny Weiss, Gerber Technology and Bobbie Jo Foster, Cutter & Buck

    One of the greatest challenges in implementing global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is vendor/partner buy-in and adoption. This case study will explore the intelligent approach to manage the software adoption process in vendor and supplier environments and gain user buy-in while providing global visibility, instantaneous access and critical vendor/supplier scorecards. Learn about the multi-year success achieved by Cutter & Buck due to the implementation of YuniquePLM which optimized best practices and streamlined workflow.
  • MRP as Your Primary Engine: How High 5 Sportswear Drove Home Success, Presented by Stillman Saunders, Director of Information Technology, High 5 Sportswear & Bob McKee, Director of Strategy-Fashion, Lawson

    So many apparel companies still rely on spreadsheets, cut & sold reports, or manual calculations to determine how to balance their demands for merchandise with their supplies of raw material, availability of labor and/or finished inventory. While many companies still use these methods, a better answer is available to them.

    For many reasons companies with advanced business IT solutions in place have chosen to implement those systems without MRP (Material Requirements Planning). High 5 Sportswear, a division of Augusta Sportswear, is just such a company. Learn how they initially implemented their Fashion ERP solution without MRP -- but later went back and implemented MRP and achieved substantial benefits from that decision.ducational Session Presented by Lawson
3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Understanding the Key Factors Involved in Achieving Rapid Benefits from PLM: A Case Study, Presented by Centric Software

    According to a very recent Apparel/AMR Research Inc. Study, technology is viewed by more than 90 percent of companies in the apparel and fashion industries as a strategic investment for achieving corporate goals. But how much time and cost should managers plan to invest in the implementation in a PLM solution? How quickly can PLM be implemented? How should you plan an implementation to assure benefit in the shortest possible time? What have others achieved, and are those benchmarks realistic for your organization?

    This presentation will set out a framework for assuring rapid implementation and quick
    return on investment. It will examine the process undertaken by recent Apparel Magazine All Star winner KlimUSA for achieving quick benefits from its investment, and help attendees decide whether this process is right for their organization.
  • Lean Retail: Cutting the Fat with RFID, Presented by Xterprise

    The convergence of RFID, store security, loss prevention and 'lean' retail practices are more prominent than ever as today's challenging business environment requires retailers to do more with less. RFID in particular is playing a starring role as it has evolved to be more than just inventory management. Every retailer can make more money by making replenishment more efficient, but that is just the start of what RFID can do.

    While in-store inventory management has not changed dramatically in many years, RFID-enabled item-level visibility makes a whole new paradigm possible. Attendees will learn how retailers, including American Apparel, Jones Apparel Group, Levi's and Sotheby's, are taking advantage of this trend and driving dramatic improvements in in-store efficiency and service levels including higher customer satisfaction, increased revenue, reduced labor and reduced shrink.