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Latest Centric 8 PLM Version Targets Needs of Footwear Industry

July 16, 2012 by Ben Hanson in Press release with


Centric Software Logo(CAMPBELL, Calif.) Centric Software, Inc., is introducing a new version of its landmark product lifecycle management (PLM) system to support the complex requirements of the footwear industry.

Centric 8, Version 4.6 specifically delivers PLM software capabilities for the footwear industry, according to Chris Groves, CEO of Centric, provider of PLM software for apparel, luxury goods and consumer goods companies. “Importantly, the new version provides the product structure capabilities that footwear makers require in an out of-the-box format,” he explains. “Customers need no customization, and can be up, running and generating return on investment in three to four months—or sooner.”

Citing the level of complexity in materials and product options in the footwear industry, Groves states that Version 4.6 will give footwear designers and manufacturers specific capabilities that make PLM more advantageous to their operations than ever. Features include:

Footwear product structure – Centric 8, Version 4.6 incorporates an understanding of the complex compatibilities between components of a shoe that are inherent in the footwear industry. The system allows for material compatibility and specific product relationships, such as recognition that a particular curved high-heel sole requires a heel of a certain height. This advanced capability—incorporated within Centric 8 in its out-of-the box form—is unique to Centric among PLM software for fashion, footwear, luxury goods and consumer goods products.

Formal/informal size definitions – Beyond supporting sizes on a material-by-material basis, the new version accommodates formal size ranges and sizes for materials. Centric 8 intelligently sets the material sizes correlated with style sizes on a bill of materials (BOM) line, such as matching heel tips of varying sizes with the appropriate heel. The Centric capability provides a reliable way to understand when sizes for two materials are interchangeable, and how to map material sizes to style sizes.

Mass replace/mass change – The new version allows for mass replacement in the BOM, and mass change of material/color/size. The bulk application of changes throughout all applicable modules of the PLM system allows companies to easily re-use and re-purpose base styles and designs, as well as change out individual variables. For example, explains Groves, changing prices for leathers can require mass replaces in material usage across the heel and upper of a shoe, as well as in multiple shoes in a collection. Centric 8 handles these mass replacements and changes of materials instantly and accurately. The PLM system instantly reflects the price change for the replacement leather, in this example, in the shoe’s FOB cost.

“With Centric 8, Version 4.5, we believe that Centric is uniquely able to deliver a level of sophisticated, complex product structure management to footwear industry customers in a configurable – yet out-of-the-box – system,” says Groves. “Coupled with Centric’s Agile DeploymentSM methodology, customers achieve measurable value faster than ever.”

Centric Software, Inc. (www.centricsoftware.com)

Centric Software is a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for apparel, luxury goods and consumer goods companies. Centric 8 delivers easy-to-use functionality to manage critical, inseparable business processes, including product development, sourcing, line planning and profitability management, through a modularized system that implements and delivers value rapidly.

With Centric 8, companies are able to cut costs and inefficiency, speed new products to market, drive margin improvement, and improve global collaboration and compliance. Global enterprises including INTERSPORT France, Colmar, Christine Laure, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, KlimUSA, Bass Pro Shops, Bravo Sports, Longchamp, Silver Jeans, Sundance Catalog and United Stationers use Centric solutions to achieve revenue growth, reduce costs and deliver trend-right products to their customers.

Centric is a registered trademark of Centric Software. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Ben Hanson

As WhichPLM’s Contributing Editor, Ben is responsible for our style, and provides much of the on-the-ground reporting and interviews that have come to characterise the magazine. As a professional writer and editor, Ben has worked for film and television, national newspapers, international corporations, and glossy magazines prior to becoming one of the PLM industry's best-known writers.

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