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Managing fashion products is challenging, not only for creative and stylists, but also for supply chain managers. Customers are more and more demanding high product variety and innovative products, and competition in the fashion industry is more and more centred on the ability to timely react to changes in customers’ desires. At the same time, social media and digital channels encourage customers to be involved also in the New Product Development (NPD) phase. As a consequence, fashion companies have to make the Supply Chain (SC) more flexible, by changing the way they manage their processes. Flexible SC are able to adapt effectively to disruptions in supply and changes in demand whilst maintaining customer service levels. Moreover, increasing collaboration, both inside and among SC partners, is often seen as a powerful instrument in achieving effective and efficient SC management, as well as higher supply chain agility.
Therefore, fashion companies have to balance the need to reduce lead times of collections, minimizing stocks and obsolescence risk, acquire information from big data coming from digital and social media channels, guarantee a high level of quality and let the customer involved into the processes of product development.
Starting from a multidisciplinary approach, the IT4Fashion conference aims to collect and present new or improved SC business models and technologies applied to the fashion industry, to share knowledge among practitioners and researchers and, summarizing, to increase knowledge in the area of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) in that industry.
Submission of papers
Authors are invited to submit their papers presenting the results of original research or innovative practical applications relevant to the workshop. The papers should be maximum 10 pages, written in English: the template can be downloaded from IT4Fashion website. The presentation at the workshop should not exceed 20 minutes. Authors will receive detailed instructions after submitting abstract of papers to IT4Fashion 2017. Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two experts and all accepted papers will appear in a Springer Advanced ICT series book. Selected papers will be considered for publication in an expanded form in relevant international journals, indexed by SCOPUS. A special issue of the best papers of the conference will be organized by the two following international journal, indexed by SCOPUS:
The tracks and its proposed themes are the following:
Venue and accommodation
The conference will be held in Florence – venue & accomodation.
Rinaldo Rinaldi, University of Florence, Italy
Romeo Bandinelli, University of Florence, Italy