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'Facing fashion's supply chain challenges' seminar
Feb '12
The ASBCI has announced details of its latest clothing industry seminar entitled: 'Facing fashion's supply chain challenges – End-to-end strategies that work!' Sponsored by fashion technology solution specialist Lectra, the one-day seminar will be held on Thursday 15th March at the Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET.

The line-up of expert speakers from within and outside the clothing industry will include a keynote presentation from renowned retail industry entrepreneur, Maurice Bennett CBE, co-founder of Warehouse and Oasis stores. Currently joint chairman of Long Tall Sally and Kookai UK he will explain how his supply chain knowledge has helped transform the fortunes of various retail brands including Coast and Phase Eight.

He will be joined by speakers from Verdict Research and HSBC Bank Plc's trade and supply chain business who will define the current trading landscape, identify the 'best' performers and predict opportunities for future retail and supply chain growth. Suppliers from across the UK clothing sector including Shop Direct Group, Matalan and Freudenberg Nonwovens LP UK, UL-STR (UK), Torque, Terry Milner garment reclamation and Clothesource will then share some of their most effective supply chain strategies from supplier relationships, sourcing and logistics through to quality and garment processing.

Julie King, head of department fashion & textiles at De Montfort University and chairman of the ASBCI key seminar and event committee will chair the day's events. The keynote presentation by Maurice Bennett CBE will address the core theme of the day – end-to-end supply chain strategies that work. Drawing on his outstanding career in the retail industry, for which he was awarded a CBE, he will explain how he and his brother Michael, have consistently turned struggling high street brands and stores into multi-million pound success stories.

Maureen Hinton, practice leader with Verdict Research Analysis will in her presentation entitled: 'UK clothing retail – 2012 and beyond' address the current key drivers and issues in the market, identify and explain who is winning, losing and forecast the future and its opportunities. Continuing the business management theme Ian Burns, senior international business manager, trade & supply chain for HSBC Bank plc will explore the current finance options available to companies operating in the apparel supply chain.

Sara Honeywell, supplier relationship manager-brand with Shop Direct Group, will share the 'vendor selection strategies' of the UK's largest consumer etailer. Best practice sourcing and logistics strategies will be revealed by Paul Boland, head of freight with global logistics specialist Torque in his presentation 'From A to B', while on a similar theme Mike Flanagan, chief executive of sourcing intelligence specialist Clothesource will debunk some popular sourcing myths in his presentation 'Why forecasting thenext sourcing hotspot's a fool's game – and what buyers and seller can do about it.'

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