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eBIZ-TCF project to set high benchmark, Commission for eBusiness
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Oct '09
Over 120 participants from 20 countires gathered at the eBIZ-TCF conference on 20-21 October in Brussels presentig the results of the first truly European initiative for e-business harmonisation in the fashion industry.

The 30 speakers discussed their experience with eBusiness adoption in their Textile, Clothing and Footwear companies or retail operations and IT providers shared challenges and best practises from e-business implementations with customers. Some exemplary representatives of the 150 pilot companies from across Europe which have tested the eBIZ solution as part of the project work, clearly expressed their satisfaction with the results achieved and their intention to extend the eBIZ adoption towards their supply chain partners.

Points highlighted by both speakers and the audience generally converged on the expected scenario for future e-business roll-out in the European fashion industry supply-chains. It is expected that a critical mass of adopters will soon be reached. This will finally end the “old way” of inefficient fax and phone communications, endless paper processing or repetitive and costly manual data input operators, moving the industry towards fully digitally-integrated supply chains in which data flows quickly and seamlessly between companies' ERP systems.

Highlights from both the sectors large companies and SMEs converged also on the major benefits of eBusiness harmonisation such as costs savings, time reduction and the potential for offering new services such as quick replenishment for retailers or individual re-ordering for the final consumer. Mr. Luca Sangiovanni from Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna remarked its satisfaction about the pilot results which are planned to be extended towards other suppliers. Based on the just-concluded eBIZ testing phase (i.e. eBIZ Pilots), the project team provided early exemplary figures on the potential economic benefit for companies.

As initiator and financial supporter of the eBIZ-TCF project, the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry, expressed satisfaction with the early results shown. Commenting on the eBIZ pilot actions Françoise Le Bail, the Deputy Director General, observed “many of these actions have substantial multiplier effect as the enterprises involved spread the good news among their own networks” and again “we look forward to a widespread implementation”.

Upcoming similar projects were announced by the Commission for eBusiness harmonisation in other sectors and for which the fashion industry's eBIZ-TCF project will set a high benchmark.

In the remaining months of the project work, the eBIZ project team,will collect comprehensive data on the results achieved by the companies involved; develop a hand-on guide for e-business adoption in the fashion industry and set up a permament interest group to support the eBIZ adoption in the coming years. In addition information events are planned in a number of European countries such as Bulgaria, Italy and a number of others.

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