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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 13 January 2012


I write this week’s editorial review (the first of the new year) with an e-ticket figuratively in hand, ready to board an early flight to New York for the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention and Expo, which begins in earnest on Monday.  The show, with its who’s-who-in-retail delegate and exhibitor lists, represents a grand start to the year.  WhichPLM are committed to bringing you the latest news, interviews and in-depth reporting both during and after the event itself.

Regular readers may have noticed that our Twitter feed is now prominently displayed alongside this and other articles.  Social media has always been a key component of the way in which we engage with our dedicated readers, but with many of the world’s largest PLM vendors in attendance at the NRF Convention (as my review of this week’s news demonstrates) I intend also to use it to share any breaking news and new developments from the showfloor.

As always, you can find our full Twitter feed here.

Also in attendance at the NRF Convention will be Vector Vogue, whose Operations Officer, Rob Smith, is looking to directly engage with both retailers and PLM vendors to discuss the value of its Verve Sketch solution.  Similarly, Gerber Technology (suppliers of the YuniquePLM solution) will be demonstrating their software to all comers at the show, including a presence from recently-appointed president Donny Askin.   Taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by the Convention are Visual 2000, who plan to unveil their intriguing new Visual PLM.Net S Edition to the crowds in New York.

Conducting their own event recently were Lectra (developers of both core and expanded PLM solutions for the fashion industry), who in January held a unique overseas “technical visit” for other ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry) members, where the aforementioned Fashion PLM and Modaris formed part of the demonstrations.

Also in the news this week were FastFit360 (developers of the cloud-based expanded PLM solution of the same name), who announced that internationally-renowned brand Ralph Lauren were to use their solution in the development of its Olympic Collection.

TradeStone Software (who will also be attending the NRF Convention, with a stand at booth #1465) this week announced the launch of its new “bamboo rose” marketplace, which is designed specifically for the needs of retail buyers.

Finally, Plural Technology will be running the latest in their series of Apparel Innovator webinars on 17 January.  Attendants can register their interest here.

As always, please feel free to contact me to discuss any of this week’s news.  My team here will keep WhichPLM updated with all of the latest news during my short absence, and I will hope to see some of our readers at the NRF Convention!

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.