2015 Apparel East

FULL AGENDA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015 / SECOND DAY
  • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Registration
  • 9:00a - 5:00p
  • Exhibits Open
  • 9:30 - 10:15a
  • Opening Keynote
    Century 21 Department Stores: One Retailer’s Story of Profitable Engagement Across Channels

    Keynote Speaker:  Sarah Dorsett, VP, E-commerce, Century 21 Department Stores 

    Host: Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel

    In this Q&A style session, Sarah Dorsett, Vice President of E-commerce for the expanding Century 21 Department Stores, will discuss with Apparel’s publisher Susan Nichols how the retailer — known for its leading and exceptional offering of pure designer merchandise in the off-price category for more than 50 years — has developed a highly engaging and profitable online business. Sarah will share strategic insights on creating online differentiation via key growth pillars, social media, content and storytelling and more.  

  • 10:20 - 11:15a
  • General Session 1
    Ask the Experts: How Technology Will Help Us Win the Consumer
     
    Moderator: Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
     
    Panel:
    1. Charles Benoualid, Vice President, Research & Development, Visual 2000 International
    2. Jon Buchan, Chief Customer Advocate & CEO, PA Group USA
    3. Sonia Hernandez, Associate Partner, The Parker Avery Group
  • 11:20a - 12:00p
  • General Session 2
    Unraveling the Mysteries of Assortment Planning

    Speaker: Clay Parnell, President & Managing Partner, The Parker Avery Group

    Countless definitions exist across the retail landscape of what assortment planning is and how it is used - yet, despite these differences, there exist some common traits. While a myriad of solutions exist to support this strategic retail business process, surprisingly or not, the most prevalent approach continues to be the use of spreadsheets. In this lively presentation, Clay Parnell of The Parker Avery Group sheds light on some mysteries and truths about assortment planning, discusses findings from his firm's recent research study on the topic, and provides insights on how to leverage assortment planning tools and industry leading processes to achieve success in driving alignment between assortments and customer demand as well as enhancing profitability.

  • 12:00 - 12:30p
  • Exclusive Exhibit Time
  • 12:30 - 1:30p
  • Networking Luncheon & Share Group State of the Industry Highlights

    Customer Intelligence & Engagement

    Speaker: Sahir Anand, Vice President, Research & Principal Analyst
    EKN, An Edgell Communications Company
  • 1:30 – 2:00p
  • Exclusive Exhibit Time
  • 2:00 - 3:25p
  • Technology Topic Briefings

    Participants will have the opportunity to attend three 25-minute topic discussions hosted by the Conference’s sponsors with small groups of fellow attendees for enhanced idea exchange and networking.

    First Briefing: 2:00 - 2:25

    Amber Road:  Leveraging Free Trade Agreements; Leader: Ty Bordner, Vice President, Solutions Consulting, Amber Road

    Centric Software:  Do Your Retail Stores Live Up to Expectations?; Leader: Simon Mahoney, Sales Director, Centric Software

    GCS Software LLC:  Sampling: Do You Know Your Conversion Rate?; Leader: Deborah Douglass, Vice President, GCS Software LLC

    ideaPoint:  Software to Efficiently Drive & Track Innovation Initiatives; Leader: Scott Shaunessy, CEO, ideaPoint

    Lectra:  Reduce Lead Times NOW: 3D Virtual Sampling; Leader: Luis Velazquez, Director of Business Development, Lectra

    PA Group USA:  
    1) Systems of Record vs. Systems of Engagement - How Modern ERP Solutions are Game Changers; Leader: Jon Buchan, CEO, PA Group USA
    2) Social Engagement and OmniChannel Retailing with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Part 1; Leader: Tom Wengler, Vice President of Sales, PA Group USA

    Retail Velocity:  How to Minimize Returns, Markdowns & Finished Goods Inventory While Increasing Sales; Leader: Jennifer Beckett, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Retail Velocity

    Simparel:  Business Beyond Spreadsheets; Leader: John Robinson, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Simparel

    The Parker Avery Group:  Clustering for Assortment Planning - Objectives and Options; Leader: Sonia Hernandez, Associate Partner, The Parker Avery Group

    Visual 2000 International:  Achieve Two-Way Adobe to PLM Integration; Leader: Charles Benoualid, Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer, Visual 2000 International Inc.


    Second Briefing: 2:30 - 2:55

    Amber Road:  Bridging Sourcing and Logistics Activities; Leader: Ty Bordner, Vice President, Solutions Consulting, Amber Road

    Centric Software:  Is Merchandise Planning Contributing to Customer Disappointment?; Leader: Simon Mahoney, Sales Director, Centric Software

    GCS Software LLC:  Sampling: Do You Know Your Conversion Rate?; Leader: Deborah Douglass, Vice President, GCS Software LLC

    ideaPoint:  Software to Efficiently Drive & Track Innovation Initiatives; Leader: Scott Shaunessy, CEO, ideaPoint

    Lectra:  When PLM's Fail: And What You Can Do About It; Leader: Luis Velazquez, Director of Bsuiness Development, Lectra

    PA Group USA:  
    1) Systems of Record vs. Systems of Engagement - How Modern ERP Solutions are Game Changers; Leader: Jon Buchan, CEO, PA Group USA
    2) Social Engagement and OmniChannel Retailing with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Part 2; Leader: Tom Wengler, Vice President of Sales, PA Group USA

    Retail Velocity:  How to Minimize Returns, Markdowns & Finished Goods Inventory While Increasing Sales; Leader: Jennifer Beckett, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Retail Velocity

    Simparel:  Changing the Rules of Wholesale Engagement; Leader: Dave Mathias, Simparel

    The Parker Avery Group:  Advanced Pricing - Solutions and Implications; Leader: Josh Pollack, Associate Partner, The Parker Avery Group

    Visual 2000 International:  Does your PLM, PIM?; Leader: Charles Benoualid, Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer, Visual 2000 International Inc.


    Third Briefing: 3:00 - 3:25

    Amber Road:  Making Technology Investments Make Sense; Leader: Ty Bordner, Vice President, Solutions Consulting, Amber Road

    Centric Software:  Users vs. IT: How to Make Magic; Leader: Simon Mahoney, Sales Director, Centric Software

    GCS Software LLC:  Sampling: Do You Know Your Conversion Rate?; Leader: Deborah Douglass, Vice President, GCS Software LLC

    ideaPoint:  Software to Efficiently Drive & Track Innovation Initiatives; Leader: Scott Shaunessy, CEO, ideaPoint

    Lectra:  Reduce Lead Times NOW: 3D Virtual Sampling; Leader: Luis Velazquez, Director of Business Development, Lectra

    PA Group USA:  
    1) Systems of Record vs. Systems of Engagement - How Modern ERP Solutions are Game Changers; Leader: Jon Buchan, CEO, PA Group USA
    2) Improve and Streamline the Sampling Process with Microsoft Dynamics xRM; Leader: Tom Wengler, Vice President of Sales, PA Group USA

    Retail Velocity:  How to Minimize Returns, Markdowns & Finished Goods Inventory While Increasing Sales; Leader: Jennifer Beckett, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Retail Velocity

    Simparel:  Business Beyond Spreadsheets; Leader: John Robinson, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Simparel

    The Parker Avery Group:  Assortment Planning - From Plan to Execution; Leader: Clay Parnell, President & Managing Partner, The Parker Avery Group

    Visual 2000 International:  Is PLM the New Enterprise Backbone?; Leader: Charles Benoualid, Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer, Visual 2000 International Inc.

  • 3:30 - 4:15p
  • Closing Keynote Presentation
    How 3D Printing Will Disrupt the Entire Apparel Supply Chain

    Speakers:  
    * Pano Anthos, Managing Director, XRC Labs
    * Michael Carlson and Veronika Harbick, Co-Founders, Thursday Finest

    Will every store one day be a 3D manufacturing hub? Will sourcing in Asia one day be a fading memory? These questions and more will be considered in this  compelling closing keynote, led by Pano Anthos, Managing Director of XRC Labs, an accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sectors based at Parsons The New School of Design. Anthos will explore the impact  of 3D printing across the entire apparel supply chain — from manufacturing, design and product composition, to customization, consumer experience, fabric, distribution, logistics and more.

  • 4:15 - 5:00p
  • Exclusive Exhibit Time & Cocktails
  • 5:00p
  • Conference Concludes