This series of newsletters provides information about our industry's technology resources, and the latest in technology applications for apparel and textiles.  The CFA continues to be of assistance!

Issue 2                                                                                                                                        November, 2014 

Emily Heintz
Brian Kastner
Multimedia Plus
Improving the Customer Experience with App-Based, On-Floor Training

Multimedia Plus specializes in helping global brands streamline their communication and training using technology to keep associates a click ahead of the customer.  QuizScore is MMP's patented app-based platform, which is customized for each client and used in the field for wholesale and retail associates.  Learn more about how MMP improves the customer experience and drives performance using QuizScore in their latest white paper.    

Click here to download Improving Experience with App-Based Training

Contact: Emily Heintz
Vice President, Business Development
Centric Software
PLM Webinar:
"Closing the Gap Between Inspiration and the Consumer" 

In this webinar, a senior manager from Crocs will explain how the company uses Centric PLM to  streamline its product development processes, and:
  • Bridge the gap between product inspiration and the store shelf
  • Improve reporting and visibility across all of its products
  • Make smarter decisions to save on capital investments, material costs, sample costs and more.

Thursday, November 20th at 9:00 AM PST
To register for this webinar, click here

Contact: Brian Kastner,
Regional Sales Director
Michael Bugno
Henry Cherner
New E-Book:
"The Need For Transformation" 

Over the past few years, the fashion industry has evolved rapidly. Whereas before, designers would generally set the pace, new technology, high-speed turnaround of trends and demand for lower prices means the consumer is now firmly in control.
The e-book addresses:
  • The factors that have led to such a drastic shift in the way the market works
  • How the industry is currently taking shape.
  • How to prepare most effectively for this rapidly changing environment.

Click here to download
A Model for Change: Part 1
"The Need for Transformation"

Contact: Michael Bugno,
Marketing Programs Director
AIMS 360
New LA Certification
Class Dates

Learn the principles and procedures involved in the business applications of the apparel industry using order processing and manufacturing (ERP) software. The classes will be held at the AIMS headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles (California Market Center). To register, click here.

4-Day AIMS Certification Schedule:*
Lecture 1 - Tues, Dec 9 (3pm - 6pm)
Lecture 2 - Thurs, Dec 11 (3pm - 6pm)
Lecture 3 - Thurs, Dec 16 (3pm - 6pm)
Lecture 4 - Thurs, Dec 18 (3pm - 6pm)
*Must attend ALL 4 lectures to qualify for certification
AIMS is also offering its customers the chance to get an add-on or a user at their lowest price of the year during a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. For more info, click here

Contact: Henry Cherner, 
     Managing Partner
Mark Goldberg
White Paper:
"Managing Vendor Compliance, Product Integrity and Quality Assurance"

Brands and retailers are focused on speed to market, design, and responding rapidly to consumer trends. But there's a new imperative, and it's one that is even more critical: ensuring ethical sourcing and social compliance.

With this whitepaper, you'll learn.
  • Why ethical sourcing and social compliance are so difficult to manage
  • The three steps to assuring compliance - evaluating, managing, and reporting
  • How to integrate compliance management with other key enterprise systems.

Click here to download
Managing Vendor Compliance, Product Integrity and Quality Assurance

Contact: Mark Goldberg
Director of Western Region
Upcoming Events

November 20: 
Centric PLM Webinar - "Closing the Gap Between Inspiration and the Consumer" (more info)

November 22: 
City of Hope Fashion & Retail Group Spirit of Life Award Celebration/W Hollywood

December 2: 
CFA Presentation to Marcum LLP "Fashion Industry Business Realities"

December 3: 
CFA Presentation to delegation from Hong Kong "U.S. Market Entry" /Fineman West 

December 4: CFA Advisory Board Meeting

December 4: The Professional Club (TPC) Holiday Networking /The Palm​ (more info)

December 17: 
California Fashion Foundation presents the Fashion Industry's 67th Annual Christmas Event for downtown children / Cooper Design Space (more info)

December 18: Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2014 Southern California Apparel Awards Reception and Ceremony /Casa del Mar, Santa Monica​ (more info)