This the page aiming to introduce eBIZ, the European initiative for eBusiness harmonisation in the textile, clothing and footwear sectors to the industry and it providers.
Which is the main idea in eBIZ?
eBIZ proposes a language and organisational procedures to integrate firms of this sectors, from raw material to the shelf of a point of sale. ..and when these happens at European scale benefits for all the actors are evident.
In practice eBIZ proposes a Reference Architecture: thus it is not a software application, but a public document followed by software resources, that supplies a reference framework and technical specifications (online and continuously updated) that firms and their IT services suppliers can easily implement.
Does eBIZ affect you?
Surely, if you are active in textile, clothing or footwear sectors and in your work encounter issues like
Furthermore, surely, if you need to set-up new and more advanced collaborative applications between your organisation and your partners.
Generally speaking, only supply chains where all the actors are integrated can express their best potential.
On the other hand the specific fragmentation of the textile, clothing and footwear industry (TCF) often make such integration an hard objective.
eBIZ was born exactly on the purpose to facilitate the development of interoperable software solutions.
This is the reason why the European Commission, Euratex (European association of textile and apparel industry) and ENEA (Italian National Agency for New technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), in collaboration with CEC (European association of footwear industry), decided to create and promote eBIZ, with the further involvement of CEN (European Standardisation Committee).
eBIZ is, thus, a public, free, European resources, continuously updated under the coordination of EURATEX, available for the industry and their service and solution suppliers.
If interested, what can you do??
You can deepen
your knowledge by the official web site (www.ebiz-tcf.eu), in particular by examining its main result:
the Reference Architecture:
Further information also in www.moda-ml.org (English and Italian).
You can discuss about specifications, ask clarifications or suggestions about its usage;
You can send proposals for modification or extension: version 2.0 was released on June 2013
but a permanent group is committed to update eBIZ and collects new proposals and requirements for next versions.
You can participate public meetings or ask for help in evaluating if and how you
could use it;
An eBIZ group is active on
LINKEDIN and offers the possibility to participate actively as a part of the
community of eBIZ adopters and experts.
eBusiness is based on digital data and documents exchanged between IT systems of firms.
The current eBIZ Reference Architecture has a chapter dedicated to RFID technology adoption.
'If I have sell-out data…'
In order to setup eBIZ you should, firstly, identify the collaboration processes that have to be implemented prioritarily. Later, through the Reference Architecture of eBIZ, the job of the IT manager to adapt the company information system to eBIZ is facilitated.
ENEA CROSS-TEC laboratory aims to support firms in new technologies adoption.
Launched by European Commission, eBIZ-TCF project (2008-2010) was co-ordinated by EURATEX (European Confederation of textile and apparel industry) with the support of CEC (European Confederation of footwear industry) and ENEA, and developed a Reference Architecture for data exchanges that is publicly available and based on the harmonisation of experiences and results from Moda-ML, Shoenet and GS1.
Launched at CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) in 2012, CEN Workshop eBIZ is an European standardisation initiative, promoted by EURATEX with the support of ENEA, with the aim of improve eBIZ results and foster a more extended adoption in the fashion industry. The Workshop lasted for 18 months and was the opportunity for stakeholder to work jointly and propose new developments (for example to better support RFID usage).
eBIZ 4.0 is an European COSME project, launched on December 2016 and addressing the joint adoption of eBIZ and RFID in the European supply chains. The project is based on three industrial pilots in Spain, Italy and France.
Since June 2013 the Reference Architecture, version 2.0, is available as CEN WS Agreement (CEN CWA 16667), up-to-date and supporting new market requirements, as identified
by an international experts group working in the framework of CEN.
eBIZ overview for managers
eBIZ technical documentation
Speaking about eBIZ