Ports 1961 Selects Centric Software PLM to Manage Apparel Collections
Ports 1961 will implement the full Centric 8 PLM suite to manage the entire product development process, including concept, design and sourcing. The company will use the patent-pending Centric 8 Collection Book for Fashion iPad app to link its women and men’s ready-to-wear collections from the PLM system to corporate and retail buyers in the showroom through an interactive mobile device. Presenting collections to buyers quickly and accurately, the iPad app will allow Ports 1961 to update and portray catalogs in real time.
The company will implement the Centric PLM software to support the growth of its fashion-forward luxury collections, according to Enrico Franzoni, chief operating officer of Ports 1961. “The addition of our recently launched menswear collection means more products to develop each season, with more operations in more locations,” he explains. “The Centric 8 PLM software will help assure the highest-quality products, further strengthening the Ports 1961 position in the luxury segment.”
Ports 1961 selected Centric 8 for its comprehensiveness and mobile strategy, and for Centric’s expertise in the fashion and luxury goods industries, says Franzoni. “Centric’s team and product are sophisticated and innovative,” he states. “Centric clearly is the best partner for Ports 1961.”
“The introduction of its new menswear collection means that Ports 1961 will be bringing more products to market than ever before. Collaborative product development, speed and efficiency— while maintaining the highest levels of quality —are critical to the company’s success,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric. “By understanding the value of a comprehensive PLM solution for fashion that incorporates mobile strategies, Ports 1961 is not only fashion-forward. It is operating as a forward-thinking business.”
Ports 1961 is a vertically integrated, global fashion company that designs, manufactures and retails high-end ladies’ and men’s apparel and accessories. Founded in 1961, the company evolved to Ports International in 1966. In 2004, the company re-launched in North America as the New York City-based Ports 1961 Division. The company operates more than 360 Ports stores in Canada, the United States, France, England and mainland China, selling high-end collections designed by Fiona Cibani. The company is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
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, DSquared2, Ports 1961, JD Sports Fashion, Kindy, Newbrands, Beretta, Fox Head, KlimUSA, Bass Pro Shops, Bravo Sports, Longchamp, Proenza Schouler, Silver Jeans, Sundance Catalog, Triple Aught Design and United Stationers use Centric solutions to achieve revenue growth, reduce costs and deliver trend-right products to their customers.
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