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TXT’s first Thinking Retail Event! is a resounding success


(MILAN, 27 OCTOBER 2011)

The TXT PLM & Merchandise Planning Summit, held in Milan on the 29th of September in collaboration with Microsoft, attracted retail experts and leaders from all over Europe and North America

Over 100 attendees from 45 leading luxury, fashion and retail companies joined the TXT team in the superb location of the Milan fashion district to discuss the latest technology and business trends, as well as challenges from the market and new opportunities for growth. The leading theme of the summit was the concept of integrated planning and the benefits that such an approach can bring in today’s ever dynamic and multi-channel retail sector.

Presenters at the event included representatives from Aberdeen Group and WhichPLM, along with speakers from TXT customers: Desigual, dunhill and Louis Vuitton Malletier,who shared with an enthusiastic audience their experiences and best practices inimplementing TXT merchandise and PLM solutions.

Sahir Anand, VP/Principal Analyst – Retail & Banking at Aberdeen Group commented: “TXT’s ‘Thinking Retail’ conference was an immensely useful event which brought together thought leadership on what retailers need to act on as far as merchandise planning, execution, and supply chain agility/preparedness. TXT’s retail and consumer goods customers continue to demonstrate the willingness to change their merchandising and supply chain processes for greater customer and market relevance”.

Mark Harrop, Managing Director WhichPLM added “It was a genuine pleasure to attend the event, and to appear on the agenda alongside some of the highest-profile retailers and brands in the world. The organisation by the TXT team was flawless, and I believe each attendee will have found considerable value in the day’s content. Each speaker demonstrated a real commitment to helping the retail industry thrive in today’s difficult conditions, through smart, measured investments in PLM and other enterprise IT solutions.”

In addition to a rich agenda of analysts’ keynotes, testimonials and product demonstrations featuring the capabilities of TXT in integrated planning and PLM, the event offered exclusive opportunities for networking, face to face interaction with peers and learning from other’s actionable strategies and solutions. Throughout the day manyvisited the TXT and Microsoft Innovation hub which showcased the latest technology innovations.

Paula Paravecchio, EMEA Managing Director at Microsoft commented “The biggest innovation over the next 5 – 10 years will be around how people communicate andinteract. With a longstanding worldwide industry alliance, Microsoft and TXT have astrong vision to develop and deploy market-leading industry solutions; helping retailers to optimise their supply chain while meeting the challenge of the mobile and digital consumer. The event was not only a great chance to explore where global leaders are interms of Supply Chain best practices, but also what advances in areas such as mobility, digital store fronts, natural user interfaces and cloud can be exploited for greater efficiency and how they continue to shape the future of retailing.”

Marco Guida, CEO of TXT e-solutions added “We are extremely pleased with the resultsof this summit. It is one of those days when you experience not only the enthusiasm andcommitment of our team, but also the passion of our customers in working with TXT andyou can really feel the impact that we have on our clients’ business. It is key for us tomeet companies, share ideas to fuel innovation and to this regard the event has beensimply inspiring. Strong attendance and interest towards our solutions furtherdemonstrates TXT’s recognition as a leader in the integrated planning and PLM space.”


TXT e-solutions is an international software solutions company and leader in “Strategic EnterpriseSolutions” in the consumer goods industry including media & entertainment as well as luxury and highstreet fashion and retail industries. The principal business areas in which it operates are Demand & Supply Chain Management (DSCM) with TXTPerform, and advanced software systems for the Aerospace & Defence and Banking & Finance industries with the TXT Next.

The company islisted on the Star segment of the Italian Stock Exchange (TXT IM). TXT has approximately 500 employees. The Company has headquarters in Milan, with offices throughout Italy, in France (Paris,Lyon), Spain (Barcelona), Germany (Chemnitz, Halle), UK (London, Wynyard).  For more information, visit www.txtgroup.com

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TXT e-solutions

UK Marketing Manager

Sharon Tilly

Tel. +44 (0) 20 8834 1094


Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.