February 9

Apparel Webinar:

Why PLM - Why PLM Now Online

On the agenda: This free online event, taking place from 2-3 p.m. EST, will be moderated by Apparel senior editor Jordan Speer and feature presentations from: Walter Wilhelm, president and CEO, Walter Wilhelm Associates LLC; Kevin Myette, director of research and development, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI); and Kurt Andersen, vice president of industry solutions, MatrixOne. The webinar will provide an executive overview of PLM, insight into PLMs potential short- and long-term benefits and information about how REI plans to use its PLM implementation to deal with product development challenges and improve its organization. The webinar is produced by Apparel Magazine and sponsored by MatrixOne. An archive of the webinar will be available online for those who cannot attend the live event.

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February 19-22

RILAs Logistics 2006 Conference Orlando, FL

On the agenda: A session entitled Optimizing Your Network Your Logistics Network will be presented by Rick Jackson, executive vice president of logistics for Limited Brands Logistics Services Inc. and Mike Buttarazzi, director of transportation, Tractor Supply Co. Executives from Best Buy, Excel and IBM will offer a state-of-the-industry presentation about RFID. Wal-Marts global supply chain director Bill Shotwell and Richard Widdowson, director of replenishment, global logistics, will lead a presentation on On-Shelf Availability. There also will be two sessions about Chinas infrastructure and economic future.

For more information: February 21-24

eTail 2006:

14th Annual Meeting of the Elite in Multi-Channel Retail Palm Desert, CA On the agenda: See event description in this months Retail Intelligence: In Brief section.

February 23-25

AAFA Annual Meeting:

Thriving in the Face of Economic, Political and Social Challenges Aventura, FL

On the agenda: There will be an opening presentation, Wake Up America: Where Do We Go From Here? by TV show host and financial and economic journalist Stuart Varney. Other highlights include an executive panel discussion, Breaking Through the Global Transportation Log Jam, featuring speakers from The Waterfront Coalition, Maersk, Nike and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Liz Claiborne senior vice president Robert Zane will moderate a panel discussion around the topic: China: An 800-Pound Gorilla or the Next Gold Rush? Tom Cole, vice chairman of Federated Department Stores Inc., will present: Retail Mergers and Acquisitions: How They Did It and Where They Go From Here.

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