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2012 Apparel Business and Technology Leadership Conference

FULL AGENDA

*** NOTE NEW DATE DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY ***
 
Thursday, November 29, 2012
9:00 a - 5:00 p Registration
9:00 a - 5:00 p Exhibits Open
9:00 - 9:45 a Exclusive Exhibit Time
9:45 - 10:30 a Technology Solutions Session #1
Supply Chain Logistics Collaboration - Leveraging Technology To Reduce Costs and Maximize Operating Efficiencies

Speakers:  Jordan Czeizler, Managing Director, CoMetrics Partners LLC & Ron Grilli, CEO, Simparel Inc.

Historically, middle market importers have been unable to utilize leading technology to manage their supply chains due to the complexities and costs required to interface with multiple vendors, customs brokers and transportation service providers. As a result, a myriad of tracking processes are performed utilizing manual mechanisms including Excel spreadsheets, emails, faxes and other laborious, inefficient methods. The status quo results in limited visibility, inaccurate information and added costs. The CoMetrics Supply Chain Management Solution applies the same principles and EDI technology that Fortune 1000 importers and retailers utilize to manage their supply chains, saving them billions of dollars annually. In this session, Jordan will share how the combination of state of the art SCM technology and professional logistics management can reduce costs and maximize operating efficiencies.
10:30 - 11:00 a Exclusive Exhibit Time
11:00 - 11:45 a Technology Solutions Session #2
Revolutionizing Quality Data Management and Supplier Collaboration

Speaker: Joe Walkuski, CEO and Founder, TEXbase

Industry innovator and veteran, Joe Walkuski, TEXbase CEO and Founder, will outline how brands like Under Armor and Brooks Brothers have implemented Product Integrity Management software and benefited from improved cost, speed and product quality.  Learn how Product Integrity Management software solutions drive real world efficiency from concept to compliance  while unifying brands, suppliers, mills and testing labs. 
11:45 a - 12:15 p Exclusive Exhibit Time
12:15 - 1:30 p Sit-Down Buffet Luncheon &
Executive Issues Keynote

Wall Street's Eye on Apparel: Behind the Fashion Headlines

Keynote Speaker: Omar Saad, Luxury and Softline Retail Senior Managing Director, Partner, ISI Group

As a leading veteran financial analyst covering the apparel industry and market, Omar Saad will offer an up-to-the-minute overview and analysis of how apparel brands and retailers are faring on Wall Street. What factors draw the lines between the leaders and the laggards and what does it really take to become a Wall Street darling? Saad will share how the financial world views a variety of factors, from consumer trends to balance sheets to technology investments to fashion staying power.
1:30 - 2:00 p Exclusive Exhibit Time
2:00 - 2:45 p Technology Solutions Session #3
From Concept to Sale: How Two Customers Use PLM and Mobile Apps as a Unifying Strategy

Speaker: James Horne, Vice President, Marketing, Centric Software

For apparel, fashion and footwear makers and retailers, going from product concept to customer sale as smoothly — and rapidly — as possible is a tremendous challenge. Most companies' efforts are characterized by excessive and erratic information hand-offs. These information transition points depend on a variety of overlapping technologies and processes including email, spreadsheets, faxes, databases, phone calls and more — all in attempts to connect isolated departments.In this presentation, case studies will examine two companies that have adopted visionary strategies to connect their business practices — from product concept to customer sale — with a single, user-friendly system that employs mobile technologies. Through their efforts, each of these companies has been able to seamlessly unite previously-isolated departments. The result? At each company, the entire organization is now focused on the same goal of seamlessly delivering innovative products to market.
2:45 - 4:00 p Exclusive Exhibit Time
4:00 - 5:00 p Exclusive Exhibit Time &
Networking Reception
5:00 p Conference Concludes