(CGS)-Sponsored Fashion Industry Event in London Provides Valuable Insight, Thought Leadership
(New York, NY – March 12, 2013) Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), a leading global provider of technology solutions and services, hosted “The Fashion Business: Past, Present and Future” event on February 22nd at the London College of Fashion. The event supported CGS’s strategic UK and European expansion and high demand for BlueCherry, their award-winning enterprise fashion dedicated software suite.
The exclusive, invitation only event featured the industry’s leading companies in wholesale, retail, manufacturing, as well as the next generation of industry leaders from across the UK and Europe. Approximately 100 delegates were in attendance from companies such as ASOS, Burberry, Crystal Martin, Diane von Furstenberg, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, New Look, Phase Eight, Reiss, Tesco and Ted Baker.
Representatives from key industry bodies, associations and media were also in attendance including The British Fashion Council, Drapers, Verdict Research, UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT), and rising talent from the London College of Fashion.
“It was an honor to host such a significant event for the fashion industry’s elite from across Europe,” said Paul Magel, President of the Applications Solutions Division at CGS. “We are grateful for the dynamic leaders that participated and the invaluable takeaways they provided to attendees that will help their companies thrive for years to come.”
The program, chaired by WhichPLM editor Ben Hanson, featured several dynamic speakers including CEO of One iota, Damian Hanson. His presentation focused on where companies can identify value in their current operations to remain competitive and keep pace in 2013. Product development expert Morag Ashworth then discussed the evolution of the fashion business and how manual processes were eventually replaced by the introduction of Computer Aided Design. She also highlighted the limitations of non-web based products and how to fully utilize mobile devices in product development.
Strategic planner and re-engineering expert, Sjors Bos, who previously held roles at Ben Sherman, Nike and Timberland, provided a compelling account and raw insight into how companies are able to overcome everyday challenges with the right balance of processes, people and web-based systems.
“It is disappointing to see that in 2013 the fashion industry is still relying on the heavy use of manual processes such as Excel and email,” said Bos, Managing Director for Future Forward Consulting. “This wastes a company’s talent pool when there are modern, web-based, easy to use templates readily available that enable teams to focus on being productive rather than tie up valuable resources.”
Mark Harrop, CEO of WhichPLM, examined the future of the fashion industry and trends that will define a new and revolutionary way companies do business.
“The fashion business is now experiencing a period of unchartered seas that demands companies to embrace leaner processes and technologies to help steer them toward joining the dots across the entire-extended-enterprise,” said Harrop. “A new age of consumer expectations is making continued investments in technology innovations and lean processes a must.”
The event also featured a unique and engaging interview from a leading executive at a major UK high street retailer who shared their challenges, vision and new methods of working for 2013/2014.
A panel discussion involving event speakers and industry experts brought the event to a close. Members of the panel included CGS’s President of Application Solutions, Paul Magel, Maureen Hinton of Verdict Research and Caroline Nodder of Drapers.
CGS has been serving the fashion and apparel industry for nearly 30 years and their signature product, BlueCherry, is an award-winning enterprise apparel software solution designed to meet the needs of the apparel, footwear, and accessories market.
For almost 30 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through technology and services. Headquartered in New York City, CGS employs more than 5,000 professionals across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. With global delivery capabilities, expertise across leading platforms and deep experience in multiple industries, CGS has become the IT partner of choice for thousands of organizations worldwide. CGS delivers a wide array of proprietary and third-party business applications, technology, business services and business process outsourcing solutions, including customer care, technical support and corporate learning and training. For more information please visit www.cgsinc.com and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cgsinc as well as Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
A fully integrated enterprise solution with the power to manage the entire concept-to-consumer product lifecycle, BlueCherry enables soft goods companies to streamline processes, gain visibility, reduce costs, increase productivity, and enhance competitiveness. Comprehensive BlueCherry capabilities include Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Shop Floor Control (SFC), Warehouse Management (WMS), E-Commerce, Salesforce Automation (SFA), Business Intelligence (BI), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and more.
Long considered the most functionally-complete ERP in the soft goods industry, the BlueCherry enterprise solution leverages the latest Microsoft® .NET, SQL Server® and Silverlight® technologies to deliver a superior user experience and the lowest total cost of ownership for CGS clients. Learn more at www.bluecherry.com.