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.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)