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2011 Apparel Business and Technology Leadership Conference


Thursday, November 3, 2011 - DAY ONE
9:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
9:30 am - 5:30 pm Exhibits Open
9:30 - 10:15 am Exclusive Exhibit Time
10:15 - 11:00 am Technology Solutions Session #1
A Quick Launch Success:  Haute Hippie’s Incredible 6-Week Implementation of Today’s Universal Global ERP Solution
1) Ron Grilli, CEO, Simparel
2) Jason Epstein, former COO of Haute Hippie
Contemporary women’s fashion line, Haute Hippie, was on the verge of becoming an overnight success in its market space.  However, as quickly as they were becoming successful, their software limitations and inability to ship for their biggest season was about to ruin the opportunity.  In this implementation case study, Jason Epstein, former COO of Haute Hippie, and current COO of Simparel, will share with you the challenges he faced in his role at Haute Hippie, and how he was able to overcome them to ensure their success.  Hear the incredible story of how they were able to implement in just 6 short weeks, in time to ship out for the season, and how this scalable solution has enabled Haute Hippie’s exponential growth over the past 2 ½ years.  Today, Haute Hippie can say they are a leader in their market space, and are poised for continued growth.  Explore with Jason the implementation strategies that enabled this quick launch, and how Simparel’s scalable and flexible Universal Global ERP Solution promotes business growth.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time
12:00 - 1:30 pm
* Luncheon 12-12:30p
* Keynote 12:30-1:30p
Luncheon and Day One Executive Issues Keynote

Wedded Bliss: David's Bridal Marries High-Performance IT with a Smart Supply Chain

1) Tony Coccerino, Vice President, Logistics/Distribution, David's Bridal Inc.
2) Diane Garforth, Director, Distribution Center Systems, David's Bridal Inc.
3) Mike Toth, Vice President, Business Systems & IT QA, David's Bridal Inc.

Who wants to be responsible for messing up the happiest day of the betrothed’s life? Not David’s Bridal. Taking a look at everything from product development, sourcing and supply chain initiatives to its high-performance warehouse and distribution processes and its ecommerce and fulfillment, David’s Bridal executives will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the retailer’s successful strategies help contribute to the perfect wedding day.
1:30 - 2:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time
2:00 - 2:45 pm Technology Solutions Session #2

Mobile-Robotic Fulfillment Drives eCommerce Growth for Retailer Von Maur

Speaker: Amy Villeneuve, President & COO, Kiva Systems

Regional, upscale department store retailer Von Maur has seen its online sales grow beyond anything it could anticipate in the past few years. But its fulfillment operations could not keep pace and at risk were strong customer relationships, in some cases built over multiple generations, with extremely loyal customers. In this highly visual session featuring several videos, the Von Maur e-commerce fulfillment case study will be presented. Hear why Von Maur chose the mobile-robotic approach, see how it works and gain insight on what the retailer is achieving. Plus, learn how Von Maur's productivity has quadrupled, why its accuracy and flexibility challenges are part of its past and how customer orders are normally picked, packed and shipped on the same day they are placed.
2:45 - 3:15 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time
3:15 - 4:00 pm Technology Solutions Session #3

Brands Under Siege: The Rise of SoMoLo Shopping --- Lessons Learned from Early Attempts to Engage these Savvy Shoppers

Speaker: David Bruno, Director of Commerce Studies, RedPrairie Corporation

The battle for the social, mobile and local shopper is heating up, and brands must master these technologies or risk lost sales, diminished loyalty and fierce competition from other brands --- even from inside the store. Retailers large and small must re-evaluate their brand presence to ensure that they are prepared to leverage new capabilities to engage, attract and convert these savvy shoppers into customers. David Bruno, director of commerce studies for RedPrairie, will share up-to-the-minute research, case studies and lessons learned from early attempts to embrace these technologies.
4:00 - 5:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time and Networking Reception
Friday, November 4, 2011 - DAY TWO
9:00 - 11:30 am Registration
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibits Open
9:00 - 9:45 am Exclusive Exhibit Time
9:45 - 10:30 am Day Two Executive Issues Keynote

2012 Apparel & Retail Technology Outlook

Speaker: John B. R. Long, Partner & Head of Global Marketing, Kurt Salmon

From product development to supply chain, from sourcing to distribution, and from retail intelligence to customer engagement, we'll examine how market demands are driving overall business and competitive strategies and specific technology solutions.
10:30 - 11:15 am Exclusive Exhibit Time
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Executive Issues Closing Session

Forging PLM's Next Frontier -- The Sourcing Connection

Speaker: Janet Suleski, Research Director / Retail, Gartner

Gartner's Janet Suleski offers a sneak preview from the results of the Apparel/Gartner 2nd Annual Research Study and Report on the adoption and integration of sourcing as it relates to PLM technology. Explored will be the technology and maturity of business processes linking apparel product design and development with sourcing capabilities. Regarded as one of the apparel and retail industry's foremost authorities on PLM, Suleski also will share her vision for the technology over the next 12 to 18 months.
12:00 pm Tech Conference Concludes