CHICAGO — Federated Department Stores is developing collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, or CPFR, with Liz Claiborne that could become a model for the industry.
"We need a big breakthrough — a program that makes a strong case for adapting the movement," said Tom Cole, chairman of Federated Logistics and Systems, at a panel discussion on "executing for supply-chain excellence and profitability" at the Retail Systems Conference and Exposition at McCormick Place in Chicago last month.
As far as the industry embracing CPFR: "We’re not doing as well as we could," he said, adding that many merchandising executives are leery because of the technological demands and competitive concerns. "We’re still at arm’s length with many vendors."
Like Quick Response, CPFR emphasizes the need for what Cole termed "a glass pipeline" so that vendors and retailers can streamline and automate forecasting and replenishment programs. The main difference is that CPFR gives the Internet — almost unknown a decade ago — a key role in the process. Cole later described the program with Claiborne as a CPFR test involving a few divisions of Claiborne. "It’s a small program at the beginning of the cycle, but we have a tremendous belief that we can work better together."
On another technology front, Wal-Mart is testing auto-identification technology [basically the same as radio frequency ID, the next generation of the bar code.] at a Sam’s Club in Tulsa, Okla., while Target will begin a program involving frozen food and auto-technology this summer, according to Paul Singer, senior vice president and chief information officer of Target Corp.
Singer believes bar codes — the ubiquitous merchandise tracking system used by most large vendors and retailers — might be history within a decade. He said they’ll be replaced by auto-ID technology, a system being developed at MIT and other universities. The system employs computer microchips embedded in products and devices to scan and read the information contained on the chips. Singer’s remarks came during another conference seminar entitled, "Extend Scanning Beyond the Line of Sight."
Auto-ID technology will enable unprecedented automation at all levels of the supply chain, said Singer. An example, he said is smart store fixtures that track everything from shrinkage to how long items have been on shelves. Key to processing enormous amounts of information in a timely manner, he added, will be a new generation of computers making decisions without human input.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)