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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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The Reinvention of B2B eCommerce The Reinvention of B2B eCommerce
5/1/2014
Online sales and marketing vehicles are one of the most important channels fashion has for engaging with customers, but optimizing the value of your electronic interactions can be a complex undertaking. Front-end websites must be user-friendly and smart, but just as critical is tight integration to the back office systems used to produce, manage, and control the products you sell. If you cannot create an online platform that delivers across all fronts, you’re missing critical opportunities to engage with customers, increase sales, and extend your market reach across global time zones. Read this White Paper – authored by Bob McKee, Infor Industry Strategy Director, where he will share insights into the eCommerce market and just how Fashion companies can deliver on a 24/7 sales economy.

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Benefit-Based Promotions: How to Capture Real Value Without Giving Away the Store Benefit-Based Promotions: How to Capture Real Value Without Giving Away the Store
5/1/2014
L.E.K. Consulting discusses how retailers can avoid promotional traps by using the benefit-based promotional strategy to garner higher same-store sales and more profitable and incremental sales.
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What's In-Store for Mobile? The Winning Moves In Mobile Shopping Assistance  What's In-Store for Mobile? The Winning Moves In Mobile Shopping Assistance
3/10/2014
What's next for mobile? L.E.K. shares best practices and strategies for maximizing mobile’s impact in the rapidly evolving retail landscape.
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Trend Report: Technologies Impacting Fashion Retailers – From the Farm to Consumer Trend Report: Technologies Impacting Fashion Retailers – From the Farm to Consumer
12/15/2013
Learn about new business technology innovations helping fashion retailers improve supply visibility and meet the demand of today’s omnichannel shoppers.
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The Consumer Behavior Revolution Turning Shoppers into Buyers with e-Commerce  The Consumer Behavior Revolution Turning Shoppers into Buyers with e-Commerce
12/3/2013
Digital shopping is becoming the norm around the world, with mobile users increasingly becoming the dominant force in the fashion industry. Every product catalogue anywhere is open to them. To attract and keep consumers, fashion industry executives struggle to make sure that they have “the right stuff”—the right look, the right inventory in the right channels, with the right timing and the right exposure to the right social media. This anxiety was stirred up publicly when Leslie Wexner, CEO of L Brands, Inc., a specialty retail group, told his investors recently that department stores are irrelevant and that apparel sales are drying up as a category. Read this White Paper – authored by Bob McKee, Infor, Industry Strategy Director to learn the answers on how to turn shoppers into buyers with e-commerce.

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A New Breed of ERP A New Breed of ERP
10/1/2013
Robust, flexible, industry-specific ERP solutions help apparel and footwear brands move their businesses forward.
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Design to Cost: A Holistic Approach to Controlling Development Costs Design to Cost: A Holistic Approach to Controlling Development Costs
10/1/2013
Fabric is a key component of attracting a consumer’s eye to a garment. However, fabric is also where a majority of the garment’s cost lies, at times accounting for more than 50 percent of the total. Understanding the impact different fabric choices have on a particular design and its production is thus an essential part of the product development process. This whitepaper explores how to manage the challenges of fabric selection through a “Design to Cost” approach—the practice of combining advanced technology and process management at the earliest stages of conceptualization to manage manufacturing constraints without sacrificing a beautiful end product. The approach allows companies to develop designs that appeal to consumers and meet targeted profit margins and quality levels.
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Future-Proofing the Fashion Value Chain Future-Proofing the Fashion Value Chain
9/15/2013
The fashion industry thrives on innovation. It’s what the consumer wants from us—something new, not just clones or replacements for worn-out items. New product introductions are critical to business success, but only half of them achieve the profit objectives set before launch. To improve the ratio of hits to disappointments, it is essential to listen to the consumer and collaborate with the supply chain. The consumer sets the bar for value and the supply chain determines whether you meet or miss it.

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2013 Holiday Prep Calendar for Online Retailers 2013 Holiday Prep Calendar for Online Retailers
9/13/2013
Everything you need to know to stay ahead of the game and make 2013 your most successful holiday season yet!
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CSR is the Norm, Implementation is the Issue. CSR is the Norm, Implementation is the Issue.
9/1/2013
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) dominates discussions in the apparel industries. Organizations like BSCI, Sedex and Fair Wear Foundation provide solid platforms for the documentation of factory audits. But the questions remain: Is it enough to audit factories every two or three years? What happens once the auditors leave the factory? How do you install permanent and effective CSR control? Discover how tracking every corrective action makes factories a safer, better place.
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Rethinking Analytics for the Social Enterprise - Retail Focus Rethinking Analytics for the Social Enterprise - Retail Focus
8/21/2013
Leading companies and technology providers are rethinking the fundamental model of analytics, and the contours of a new paradigm are emerging. The new generation of analytics goes beyond Big Data (information that is too large and complex to manipulate without robust software), and the traditional narrow approach of analytics which was restricted to analysing customer and financial data collected from their interactions on social media. Today companies are embracing the social revolution, using real-time technologies to unlock deep insights about customers and others and enable better-informed decisions and richer collaboration in real-time.
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UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper: A Customer Experience Study UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper: A Customer Experience Study
8/1/2013
A comScore survey conducted with online shoppers reveals insights into what makes customers buy more. Learn more about the UPS/comScore findings in this white paper.
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4 Steps to Make the Most of Your Guest Wi-Fi 4 Steps to Make the Most of Your Guest Wi-Fi
7/15/2013
If you're not on board with Guest Wi-Fi, chances are good you'll get left in the digital dust. As Wi-Fi proliferates and shoppers expect nothing less than convenient access and easy engagement, it creates a series of questions for brick-and-mortar retailers. Even if you have outfitted your store with it, you may not be executing on your original strategy or optimizing Wi-Fi's full potential. This white paper will help you get the most value out of your Guest Wi-Fi by describing what you can do to attract more shoppers – and ultimately turn opportunities into engagements, and interactions into transactions. You'll learn how to train your employees, motivate shoppers to sign up for and try out your Wi-Fi, create and deploy simple multimedia tools, and address privacy and security issues.
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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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Mastering Next-Generation Planning: Materials and Production Planning to Drive Profitability Mastering Next-Generation Planning: Materials and Production Planning to Drive Profitability
As shoppers demand greater product variety, they expect more frequent product innovation from their favorite apparel brands. This is pushing brands, retailers and manufacturers to reconsider a hands-on approach to sourcing raw materials and finished goods. To achieve this, companies are embracing more manufacturing-oriented solutions that enable them to plan, purchase and manage materials inventories more effectively.
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Strategy Shift: Collaboration, Tech Advancements Pave Path to Decentralized Sourcing Strategy Shift: Collaboration, Tech Advancements Pave Path to Decentralized Sourcing
Global sourcing is moving toward a decentralized model for the first time in years as apparel companies look to improve speed, boost cost savings and improve efficiency in the supply chain.
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