eBIZ is the public private initiative pursuing the use and greater interoperability of digital communication (e-Business) across the Fashion supply-chain.
"Enabling companies to directly exchange orders and data
between their systems, using a single language."
Since 2008 eBIZ is:
- an initiative to support digital communications (e-Business) in the fashion industry,
- originated and co-funded by the European Commission, DG Grow
- coordinated by EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation,
- supported by international organizations: the European Commission and the European Committee for Standardization CEN,
- offering a Reference Architecture for e-Business, free of charge,
- used by fashion companies and IT solution providers across Europe,
- technically managed by ENEA
- an official CEN workshop agreement (since June 2013) following the CEN eBIZ Workshop accomplishment
- NOT a competitor of IT solution providers or software
- NOT a software or a hardware component
- NOT for profit
- NOT a time limited project
eBIZ timeline last update: December 2016
15 December 2016
kick off meeting of the new action eBIZ 4.0 takes place in Alicante, Spain
23 April 2015
4th eBIZ Advisory Board is convened in Florence in collaboration with IT4Fashion2015
21 November 2014
3rd meeting of the eBIZ Advisory Board in Brussels, partially joined by the European Commission
eBIZ Group on Linked in marks 5 years and 340+ members
23 June 2014
2nd meeting of the eBIZ Advisory Board takes place in Brussels, also joined the European Commission and Regional Authorities. Meeting notes are publicly released.
28 November 2013
The eBIZ Advisory Board meets in Brussels, also with the European Commission and CEN, to discuss next steps implementing the Action Plan. Meetings notes are publicly released.
24 July 2013
The Architecture is published by CEN as official CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) and it is endorsed by 56 companies and organisations from 14 European countries.
Information on eBIZ is available in up to 7 languages
26 June 2013
The Workshop membership has increased 3 times since the beginning and accounts for 74 professionals from 54 organisations.
At the final plenary meeting in Brussels the new eBIZ Reference Architecture is finally approved by the present Members.
EURATEX presents the next action plan
A 60-days public consultation phase begins, 6 public meetings also take place and allow any interested party to comment or to propose new items for the Architecture. In total 166 minor comments will be received.
eBIZ video 2013
The early draft of the new Reference Architecture is sent to all Workshop Members for comments.
At the plenary and public meetings in Madrid the Project Team and participants assess progress and discuss business needs. The next steps are agreed.
The results of the Gap analysis are sent to the 51 members of the Workshop for comments and validation.
April - September 2012
The eBIZ project team carries out a Gap analysis on latest e-Business requirements and business needs. All members of the Workshop have 3 occasions to express requirements and to comment.
The first meeting of the e CEN eBIZ Workshop takes place in Brussels.
January 2012 - start of phase II: expansion
EURATEX and CEN announce the CEN eBIZ Workshop, an open initiative to take the eBIZ results one step further, towards a single, harmonized, electronic language, even more widely adopted by the Fashion industry.
This new phase is funded and supported by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry.
Conclusion of the promotional tours which set eBIZ info-days in 6 European countries
eBIZ video 2010
The 5th and final version of the eBIZ Reference Architecture is delivered.
This key result is used in normal business operations in European medium size companies as well as in large worldwide known fashion groups.
In less than two years eBIZ works with more than 150 European companies gathered in 17 pilots enabling harmonized (interoperable) e-Business connections.
eBIZ proves the benefits of interoperability and digital communications at European scale in the supply-chain. Key benefits are: costs reduction, improved efficiency and reduced time-to-market for fashion goods.
The major result delivered is the eBIZ Reference Architecture for e-Business in the fashion industry. The Architecture is used by the Pilots’ companies to run their normal business opearation of orders and data exchange via computer.
January 2008 - start of phase I: development
The European Commission launches the pilot phase of eBIZ to boost e-Business processes in the Textile/Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industries, particularly for the SMEs. The so-called eBIZ-TCF project starts, coordinated by EURATEX participated by CEC and ENEA .