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RG Barry Accessorizes with Simparel ERP
11/1/2014
Once a specialty footwear company, RG Barry is now a multi-brand lifestyle accessories powerhouse charting a path for future growth. It needed an ERP system that could grow with it.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with John Robinson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Simparel
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Maximizing the Value of Sampling
11/1/2014
Smart use of technologies such as PLM, 3D and BI can help bring merchandising, design and technical development teams together to reap more from the sampling process while eliminating costs and sample iterations and ultimately getting the right product to market faster.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Luis Velazquez, Business Consultant with Lectra North America
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Art Stone Enterprises Wins with Cut-Order Software
10/6/2014
Creating dance costumes is no waltz in the park. Art Stone Enterprises kicks it up a notch, optimizing cutting-room operations with Lectra’s Optiplan.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America
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Product Differentiation in Apparel Retail: A Fully Compliant Ecosystem
7/1/2014
The need for quality, regulation management, and full-audit compliant tracking systems and processes — also known as 360-degree quality and compliance management — is paramount.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Gary Barraco, Vice President, Industry Development, ecVision
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Making the ROI case for PLM in Retail, Footwear and Apparel
7/1/2014
An ROI case is typically a key part of a PLM project justification, intended to help build buy-in from the business stakeholders for undertaking the entire project.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Robert McKee, Senior Product Director, Infor Global Fashion Industry Strategy
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For Under Armour, Supply Chain Is Key to Becoming a $10-Billion Brand
5/30/2014
Deploying supply chain, demand planning and inventory optimization software has helped to transform Under Armour’s supply chain into a “force multiplier”as the Baltimore brand chases Nike and adidas into the realm of athletic apparel companies with $5 billion or greater in revenue.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Karin Bursa, Vice President, Logility
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Omnichannel in Action: Driving Visibility and Efficiency through Item Level RFID
5/30/2014
Compared to just a year ago, the retail industry now has a resounding consensus about omnichannel — it is no longer just a trend; it represents the future of retail. However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the back end to ready retailers for the demands of the consumer. 

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Sarath Chandershaker, Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise Visibility and RFID, Checkpoint Systems
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Making the Most of the Mobile Experience
3/27/2014
Mobile design matters, and a bad app experience can tarnish your brand. Learn how VF Corp. and The Apparel Group are working to optimize their apps and sites with engaging new features to keep shoppers coming back for more.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Robert McKee, Global Fashion Industry Strategy Director, Infor
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Virtual Prototyping and the Supply Chain: Train Ride or Train Wreck?
3/27/2014
Virtual prototyping can only shorten the concept-to-delivery calendar if you bring the entire supply chain along.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Anastasia Charbin, Fashion Marketing Director, Lectra
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Desire for Higher Sales, Lower Costs Drives Omnichannel Visions
2/3/2014
Of the 57 percent of respondents to an Apparel omnichannel survey that said they have a vision or goal to become a multi-channel or omnichannel brand/retailer, 93 percent cited the desire to build higher sales and/or lower costs to stay ahead of the competitive curve as the No. 1 driver.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Jerry Rightmer, EVP and Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Starmount
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Macron Scores with 3D Fitting
2/3/2014
Technical sportswear company Macron speeds up design without sacrificing accuracy, using Modaris 3D modeling software from Lectra.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Anastasia Charbin, Fashion Marketing Director, Lectra
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Enabling Structural Competitive Advantage through Strategic Sourcing and PLM
12/2/2013
Reducing cost of goods sold should be a strategic priority, but reducing vendor labor or cost of materials is not the best way to go about it.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Oliver Meier, Key Account Director, Human Solutions
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The Apparel Group Gets Creative with Kaledo
8/6/2013
Its CAD design software speeds the design process, allows designers to more easily springboard off previous creations and eliminates the need for an abundance of physical samples.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Anastasia Charbin, Fashion Marketing Director, Lectra
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Accuracy In Action: Item-Level RFID Takes Off
7/9/2013
A variety of apparel brands and retailers are embracing item-level RFID and achieving benefits including inventory accuracy, increased sales and labor optimization.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Prasad Putta, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise Visibility and RFID, Checkpoint Systems
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What Are You Wearing?: Traceability in the Global Apparel and Footwear Industry
5/29/2013
American Consumers are Turning the Closet Light On. Are You Ready?

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Gary Barraco, Senior Director, Product Marketing, ecVision
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Discover How To Keep Up With More of Your Mobile Customers
6/24/2014 11:00:00 AM (EST)
Moderator:
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel Magazine
Panelists:
Ron Klein, "Total Retail" Service Leader, PwC Advisory
Annabelle Hoover, Director of Customer Service, North America, BROOKS SPORTS, INC.
Marie-Pascale Authie, Solution Consultant, Infor Fashion
Bob McKee, Industry Strategy Director, Infor Fashion
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Planning in the Omnichannel World with a Single View of Inventory
5/13/2014 11:00:00 AM (EST)
Moderator:
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel Magazine
Panelists:
Rich Pedott, Partner, Columbus Consulting
Peter Charness, SVP America’s & CMO, TXT MAPLE LAKE
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A Model for Change – Part 1: The Need for Transformation A Model for Change – Part 1: The Need for Transformation
11/1/2014
The pace of fashion has never been faster. Fast fashion, social media and mobile technologies have given consumers the power of instantaneous sharing. The market is increasingly saturated and consumers increasingly sophisticated, which makes tried and true fashion strategies such as geographic expansion and internationalization more complex than in the past. The fashion industry--our industry and the way we work--has been forever changed. This paper highlights the major shifts that have led fashion to its current state and how companies are responding to the new fashion landscape, suggesting a model for change.

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Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance and Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle Solutions & Strategies for Supply Chain Assurance and Collaboration: A Retailer's Quest for a Unified Buying Cycle
10/1/2014
P2P gaps plague retail relations with suppliers, 3rd party logistics and other partners. The impact? Escalated transaction costs per invoice, low contract compliance, longer lead times for orders, slow cash-cash conversion cycles, increased chargebacks and vendor dissatisfaction. A major opportunity exists for streamlining one vision of an integrated purchase order and creating a unified buy­ing cycle for the retailer, supply chain partners and the overall network. Retail industry analyst Sahir Anand from Edgell Knowledge Network describes how to create a single view and vision for orders and supply chain transactions - from source to settlement to sale - across any channel.
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