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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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Use Mobile to Give Shoppers What They Want: A Better Experience
5/29/2013
As shoppers increasingly use mobile devices to enhance every stage of the in-store shopping experience, smart retailers are investing in their own mobile initiatives to give customers what they want, from convenience and self-service to a more “high touch” e-clienteling experience.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Mark Colbert, Director of Retail Product Marketing, Customer Transaction Solutions, Epicor Software Corporation
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Cabela's Hunts for Profits with FlexPLM
4/1/2013
Everyone's input, earlier in the cycle, is streamlining product developing and cutting waste out of the process.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Beth Borland, Worldwide Director of RFA Strategy, PTC


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Body Central On Fast Track to Growth, Stores Are First Stop
4/1/2013
New store systems, including a solution that has sped the markdown process and improved sell-through, are setting the stage for initiatives that will position the retailer for its next move toward mastering omnichannel.

PLUS: Vendor ViewpointInterview with Mark Hill, Vice President/General Manager, Global Innovation & Solutions Development, Retail Branding and Information Solutions Group, Avery Dennison

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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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How product lifecycle management fuels the momentum of fashion How product lifecycle management fuels the momentum of fashion
8/1/2014
Leading fashion companies generate a special kind of momentum, a phenomenon where recent success fuels current success, which in turn sparks future success. The ability to rapidly turn today’s hit product into tomorrow’s durable brand is no accident—it’s a specific set of practices that companies can identify and repeat to achieve lasting competitive advantage. Read this White Paper – authored by Bob McKee, Infor, Industry Strategy Director to learn how fashion companies need to strive for better responsiveness to consumer trends, more efficient design and production, smarter sourcing, and improved capabilities for monitoring compliance and sustainability requirements.

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Virtual Fitting - What is Possible? Virtual Fitting - What is Possible?
8/1/2014
Customer and market-driven products are the main objective for success. The route taken to achieve that objective must be constantly shortened, making processes faster and more cost-efficient. This specifically requires using the right processes and technologies, for example, increasing the effectiveness of prototyping through virtual 3D. We invite you to learn more about the capabilities of today's virtual fitting technology.
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