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Day 1 – 16th July 2013

Delegate Registration Exhibition Hall
Chairman's Welcoming Address Room 1
How Essential is Technology in Supporting the Paradigm Shift in Apparel Industry Operations and Supply Chain? Room 1 Session details
  • Facilitating the transition from a transactional PO-focussed model to a highly collaborative and complex supply chain of brands, retailers and vendors
  • Understanding the integral necessity of fast, immediate and accurate communication throughout the entire value chain
  • Exploring the advantages and challenges of the current 12+ essential technologies in use from trend analysis through to design and development, manufacturing and logistics
  • How can the industry work to better tune the collaborative aspects of these discrete systems to the degree of collaboration needed to support this new model?
  • What does a truly collaborative technical supply chain look like?
  • How far are we from reaching this model and how does technology need to change to support this?
  • Looking to the future – what is next for the apparel industry?
Derek Jones, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Walter Wilhelm Associates
Innovation - Interactive Fashion Room 1 Session details
  • Exploring the paradigm shift from analog to digital in the apparel industry
  • Creating interactive designs that explore the dynamic relation between space, people, and technology
  • Showcasing Studio Roosegaarde's technologies and interactive projects: Dune, Intimacy and Smart Highway.
Daan Roosegaarde, CEO, Studio Roosegaarde
Morning Refreshment Break Exhibition Hall
Pre-arranged 1-to-1 meetings Exhibition Hall
Utilising Technology Platforms to Maximise Collaboration and Boost Efficient Operations Room 1 Session details
  • What are the main challenges to progression coupled to siloed thinking?
  • Exploring the role of PLM in unifying silos and enhancing inter-team collaboration to promote efficient work flows
  • Integrating work streams, language and business processes across the value stream
  • Understanding the importance of change management in the unsiloing process
Utilising a Collaboration System Programme in Supporting Fast Fashion Channels Room 2 Session details
  • Reviewing the 3 development processes and timelines of the garment arm of the organisation
  • Strengthening a 60 day time to market process
  • Sustaining competitive advantage by jumping on demanded trends and focussing on the consumer
  • Generating an internal collaboration system programme to promote effective intra-communication and reduced timelines
  • Developing tools allowing for designers to work with suppliers on the production line directly to develop 'hit and run' lines
  • Which stages have thus far been completed and what were the challenges?
  • What are the next steps in ensuring the goal of 80% project completion is achieved by end of 2013?
  • The UCB Footwear Project - translating key findings from the garment lines to footwear 
Elle Thompson, VP of PLM and Special Project Operations, Marc Jacobs
Andrea Piras, Global Product Development & Planning Division Director, United Colors of Benetton
Case Study – Enhancing Supply Chain Communication with FastFit360° Technology Room 1 Session details

Maximising speed-to-market and meeting consumer trends/demands in a real-time environment

  • How does FastFit360°  technology change the standard workflow paradigm?
  • Using FastFit360° to support global design collaboration by overcoming the inability of suppliers to access PVH’s internal data systems
  • Streamlining the complete supply chain and workflow between PVH and its retailers and suppliers
  • Replacing the need for multiple couriered physical samples with 360° cloud-accessible e-samples for approval
  • Reducing the traditional lengthy 6-12 week sampling process with one of 5-6 working days
  • Supporting sustainability, reduced time to market and overall supply chain costs
George Sanchez, Former Director of Technical Design, PVH Corp
Networking Lunch Exhibition Hall
Integrating PLM at Artsana Spa - Chicco Brand Room 1 Session details
  • Exploring the organisational structure of the Chicco brand within Artsana
  • Why was PLM integration deemed a necessary strategy?
  • Generating an effective PLM installation project: support, priorities, forecasts and timelines
  • Understanding each project phase, their respective challenges and how these were solved
  • What were the immediate short term benefits to operations?
  • How has the project been developed since and what are the longer-term opportunities?
Enabling New Designer Integration and Fast Fashion Launch with Cloud and Related Technologies Room 2 Session details
  • MUUSE’s Big Picture – exploring a novel way of design innovation through continuous recruitment and development of new talent
  • Promoting design collaboration between new and existing designers for each collection
  • Ensuring that the risk associated with new talent is counter-acted by efficient sales conversion
  • Supporting fast market testing at low cost to speed up the development process
  • Using social media channels to generate test data
  • How do you ensure the right data is being collected and used to establish which collections are resonating best with the market?
  • Using sample production on a 6-week time scale to generate 6-10 piece test collections with no need for inventory investment
  • Relying on video-conferencing and cloud technologies to highlight design/production flaws and to create a central store of data
Pasquale Coppolella, Business Area Baby Care Director, Artsana Spa - Chicco brand
David Dencker, CEO and Co-founder, MUUSE A/S
How has the CRISTAL ('Collaborative Reading Information System for Tomorrow’s Assortment Lifecycle’) Project Implemented FlexPLM to Facilitate Devanlay's End-to End Collaboration? Room 1 Session details
  • Enhancing global collaboration and thus product innovation, creation and value under CRISTAL
  • Incorporating additional business aspects into the CRISTAL project based on market segmentation
  • Phase 1 – deploying FlexPLM to unify existing information systems and enhance functionality, collaboration and transparency across brands
  • Understanding the design and installation process of the PLM solution OOTB
  • Utilising PLM to integrate merchandising, marketing, design and development product data
  • How has PLM installation helped support Phase 2 of the CRISTAL project, to extend integration to sourcing, supply chain and quality assurance?
Creating the Omni-Channel Retail Experience with Consumer Engagement Technologies Room 2 Session details
  • Merging online shopping interactions within a store environment with ‘Store of the Future’ technologies
  • How is omni-channel any different from multi-channel retailing?
  • Garment Combiner – suggesting garments to the consumer that match a searched for or purchased article in an attempt to engage and upsell
  • Virtual Mirror – allowing for the virtual ‘trying on’ of a wide range of garments without the use of a fitting room
  • Check-in -  ensuring the customer is at the heart of all on- and off-line communications based on previous purchases
  • Assist – facilitating  customer needs during a fitting and capturing valuable feedback on buying behaviour to the brand
  • Capturing, distributing and managing the enormously powerful data derived in order to enable retailers to continually improve and refine their customer relationships
Stéphane Gaillard, PLM and Business Process Manager , DEVANLAY
David Barlow, Managing Director, C-Instore
Lisa Fretwell, Senior Director, Cisco Consulting, Cisco
Matching Business Needs and Maturity to the Most Relevant Technology Platform Room 1 Session details
  • 'One Size Does Not Fit All' - realising the need for multiple and varied PLM installations to suit different business areas and brands
  • 'Bigger is Not Always Better' - right-sizing your PLM application to match your organisation both technically and culturally
  • 'Baby Steps versus Giant Leaps' - prioritising long-term ROI over short-term gains to ensure success
Sustainability as a Driver for Design of Products and Supply Chains Room 2 Session details
  • Environmental Profit & Loss (E P&L) analysis as a tool for identifying opportunities
  • How reduction and  mitigation of environmental drives innovation
  • Case Studies from Kering Brands on product design (including PUMA's Incycle collection), new approaches to sourcing raw materials and engaging suppliers
Peter Smith, President VF International Supply Chain, VF International
Helen Crowley, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Specialist, Kering
Afternoon Refreshment Break Exhibition Hall
Pre-arranged 1-to-1 meetings Exhibition Hall
Innovation - Integrating Beauty, Functionality & Technology Room 1 Session details

CuteCircuit - Future Fashion Now

This session will tell the story of how CuteCircuit have integrated beauty and functionality through the use of smart textiles and micro-electronics. It will discuss:

  • Developing a fashion brand through continuous innovation
  • Creating magical experiences
Francesca Rosella , Chief Creative Director, CUTECIRCUIT
Chairman's Closing Remarks Exhibition Hall
Networking Drinks Reception Conservatory

Day 2 – 17th July 2013

Chairman’s Welcoming Address Room 1
The Technology of Tomorrow - Does 3D Printing have a Sustainable Future in the Fashion/Apparel Industry? Session details
  • Is 3D printing really just a short-lived hype or are there further opportunities, yet to be realised, that require industrial and/or consumer patience to achieve?
  • What does 3D printing actually allow you to do? – prioritising culture and use beyond aesthetics
  • What are the material limitations and qualities of computer-assisted design and 3D printing?
  • What does 3D printing mean in regards to creative sustainability?
  • Attaining a new set of previously unattainable design cues through 3D printing
  • Overcoming the cost barriers of complex design - 3D printing and ‘free complexity'
  • Standing at the base of a ‘mountain of disruption’ with 3D fabrication - what are the implications on industry, brands and/or the environment
  • What does wearable technology mean for the fashion industry and what role does 3D printing play in this field?
  • 3D printing, consumerism and waste – reducing waste in material use whilst printing or creating more waste than known now due to domestic production
Bryan Oknyansky, Founder & Designer, Shoes by Bryan
Peter Firth, Senior Journalist & Technology Editor, LS:N Global
Silvia Weidenbach, Designer/Maker, Silvia Weidenbach
Nicholas O'Donnell Hoare, Design Partner, Saint H
'Experience is What you Get When you Didn't Get What you Wanted' Room 1 Session details

Translating key learnings from the PLM experience to technology platform deployment

Introducing new concepts in your company is always an experience. It can be a positive experience if people and organizations have understood the lessons learned from others in similar situations. This session will highlight some of the lessons learned from PLM implementations.

  • The importance of the human factor and change
  • The responsibilities of Business and IT
  • What is the single version of the truth
  • PLM and ERP and their complementary roles
  • The Need for Data instead of Documents
Jos Voskuil, PLM Business Consultant, TacIT
Morning Refreshment Break Exhibition Hall
Pre-arranged 1-to-1 meetings Exhibition Hall
Building a New 'Cam'alot Room 1 Session details

Re-configuring Black Diamond's IT architecture and development processes. The Early Journey.

  • Understanding the reasons for the need and the want for PLM at Black Diamond
  • Generating an informative Request For Proposal document that eloquently reflected business needs and expectations 
  • Identifying and vetting potential PLM providers
  • Deploying an effective vendor review process
  • How to choose the right vendor for you?
  • Final selection
Facilitating Sustainability in the Fashion Apparel Sector Room 2 Session details

Deploying SOURCE: The Global Platform for Sustainable Fashion 

  • What is the Ethical Fashion Forum and how does it’s platform, SOURCE, work?
  • Making sustainability easy - simplifying sustainable sourcing, production and business strategy
  • Making sustainability resource-efficient – saving time, money and people resource
  • Making sustainability intelligent and collaborative – integrating social , corporate and environmental considerations
  • What successes and impacts has SOURCE facilitated in the fashion apparel industry?
  • Industry case study – exploring the challenges and benefits of working with SOURCE  
Walter Wilhelm, VP, Business Process, Black Diamond, Inc
Tamsin Lejeune, Founder & Managing Director, Ethical Fashion Forum
Enabling Cross-Company Global Collaboration Room 1 Session details
  • Choosing PLM to support continuing company expansion and maturity
  • Comprehensibly connecting disparate data sources
  • Supporting collaborative work through team integration and process optimization
  • Generating a more efficient product design and development process thus reducing time to market 
Building in Upcycling as a Fundamental Driver for Sustainability Room 2 Session details

Re-addressing the balance between consumption and disposal to support waste reduction, cost savings and green innovation

  • Understanding upcycling – concept, deployment and opportunities
  • Promoting collaboration between design, retail and industry to support long-term success
  • Modelling a novel and intelligent industry that performs alongside mainstream brand lines
  • Realising the main challenges to concept and deployment from the perspective of leading brands
  • Seeing upcycling as a solution to rising apparel costs and integrating this into the trend to move production back in-house
  • What does upcycling need from you? – generating an innovative design and manufacturing support team
  • Collaboration case studies: Speedo, Topshop and Tesco
Pam Buckingham, Sr. Mgr. Process Development & System Alignment, Deckers Outdoor Corp
Jamie Tantleff, PLM/Product Improvement Assistant Manager, Deckers Outdoor Corp
Orsola de Castro, Creative Director, Reclaim to Wear
Seated Lunch & Themed Discussions Conservatory Session details

Join us in the Conservatory for a seated three-course lunch, when you can continue networking with your industry peers in comfort.

The lunch will include a series of informal, themed discussions, layed out by theme-specific tables and mediated by one of our leading experts, including:

What is an E-Sample® and how can companies support Fast Track outside of PLM?

  • Roxy Starr, EVP, Design & Development, FastFit360®

'PLM From Scratch' - Understanding the Early Journey of Sourcing and Deployment

  • Walter Wilhelm, VP, Business Process, Black Diamond Inc

Supporting a 'Fast Fashion' Strategy - Challenges & Opportunities

  • Andrea Piras, Global Product Development & Planning Division Director, United Colors of Benetton
  • David Dencker, CEO & Co-Founder, MUUSE A/S

Best Practices in Overcoming Supply Chain Bottlenecks & Disruptions

  • Peter Smith, President, Supply Chain, VF International

Strengthening a Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy

  • Orsola de Castro, Creative Director, Reclaim to Wear
  • Helen Crowley, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Specialist, Kering

Promoting Global Design Collaboration Around the World

  • George Sanchez, Director, Technical Design, PVH Corp

Exploring the Role of Cultural Change Management in IT System Deployment & Adoption 

  • Harminder Singh, Associate Fellow, Warwick Business School
Understanding the Importance of Cultural Change Management in Successful IT Deployment Room 1 Session details
  • Understanding that PLM requires both an IT and a human toolkit during implementation and maintenance
  • Exploring the workforce psyche - resistance to change, fear of failure and risk to job necesity when automating
  • Generating a strategy that trains and prepares the workforce for PLM integration
  • Viewing cultural change and support as a priority to support long-term PLM acceptance and success throughout the business
Adopting the Technology Revolution Room 2 Session details
  • Strengthening the link between business process and technology
  • Incorporating more of a business lead on technological sourcing and deployment to balance out the current IT focus
  • Minimising the internal need to create and/or customise purchased technology platforms
  • Striking a balance between functionality and simplicity
  • Technology Case Study 1 - boosting development efficiency through reduced prototyping and shorter development timelines
  • Technology Case Study 2 - supporting production via the improved monitoring of work in progress and enhancing factory collaboration  
  • Technology Case Study 3 - cloud-based technology platforms
Harminder Singh, Associate Fellow, Warwick Business School
Valerie Arnold, Director, Business Process Improvement , Patagonia
Interactive Panel Discussion: Innovation 2.0 Room 1 Session details

Where to Source Innovation, How to Harness Creativity and What Systems to Use to Support it's Incorporation into Development and Growth?

  • Identifying opportunities to catalyse innovation across supply chains - where are the most important areas to focus attention to leverage business results through innovation?
  • How is the supply chain evolving rapidly and how is technology helping that evolution?
  • How does co-creation work in fashion?
  • Directing diversity of investment to support innovation
  • Linking employee engagement and creativity with innovation opportunities
  • Overcoming the challenge of incorporating sustainability into the supply chain
  • "Idea Factories": Truly inspirational, innovative products sometimes take years to develop and out of the gate cannot be assigned to a season, however, there has to be a method for tracking the idea and eventually moving it into a product pipeline.  Good use of PLM systems that have a means of capturing  inspiration, and conceptual ideas that are in their inception without a season, are key.  
  • Apps: mobile apps that tie directly into a PLM system permit users to capture inspirational moments, ideas, or even product feedback.  Apps can take the whole sandbox idea to the next level.
  • What is the balance/tradeoff between guidance and freedom in an open innovation process?
  • What digital tools work in a distributed innovation process?
Walter Wilhelm, VP, Business Process, Black Diamond, Inc
David Dencker, CEO and Co-founder, MUUSE A/S
Derek Jones, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Walter Wilhelm Associates
Helen Crowley, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Specialist, Kering
Chairman's Closing Remarks & Close of Conference Room 1