Home Press release Centric Software Becomes PLM System Provider to Build-A-Bear Workshop – Company cites out-of-the-box functionality of PLM system

Centric Software Becomes PLM System Provider to Build-A-Bear Workshop – Company cites out-of-the-box functionality of PLM system


(CAMPBELL, Calif., Dec. 18, 2012) Centric Software, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for apparel, luxury goods and consumer goods companies, has become the PLM system provider to Build-A-Bear Workshop®.

Build-A-Bear Workshop purchased the Product Specification, Product Sourcing, Calendar Management, Line Planning, Quality Management and Material Management modules of the Centric 8 PLM system.  Build-A-Bear Workshop also will implement Centric’s mobile apps and the Enterprise Connectivity module to integrate Centric 8 data with the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Decrease time to market, improve margins

At Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Centric PLM software will replace a spreadsheet-driven system, according to Shari Stout, Build-A-Bear Workshop’s director of quality assurance and sourcing. Approximately 100 internal staff, managers and suppliers will use the Centric 8 suite.

“The Centric PLM software will improve visibility of products through the development lifecycle—especially the clothing and accessories that customers use to dress their stuffed animals,” says Stout. “Centric 8 will eliminate processing delays, and improve progress tracking and communication with our franchisees and worldwide supply chain.”

For a company in which trends are the major drivers, market demand shapes product development cycles that are days and weeks long vs. months or longer. Speed, efficiency and streamlined processes are critical. “From improved sourcing to reduced manual data entry, the implementation of Centric’s PLM system will fuel the company’s growth and market presence,” says Stout.

Build-A-Bear Workshop selected Centric after a thorough market search and evaluation against strong competitors. The company cites Centric’s professionalism, domain expertise and out-of-the-box functionality in its decision. “We can install the product right out of the box, and have virtually all of the functionality we need immediately,” says Stout, “Within a few days of fine tuning, we can be up and running.”

“Centric 8 will help Build-A-Bear Workshop meet its objectives, including bringing on-trend products to market faster and more accurately than ever to meet the demands of its young clientele,” says Chris Groves, Centric CEO. “Our Agile DeploymentSMmethodology that delivers rapid return on investment for fast-growth clients like Build-A-Bear Workshop was an important factor in the company’s selection of Centric as its PLM provider,” he explains. “And for the Centric team, partnering with a company whose mission is to bring an American icon—the teddy bear—to life is exciting.”

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (www.buildabear.com)

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award-winning virtual world and entertainment destination website at bearville.com. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fourth year in a row in 2012. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $394.4 million in fiscal 2011. For more information, call  888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company’s award-winning website at buildabear.com®.

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

Centric Software is a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for apparel, retail, footwear, luxury and consumer goods companies. The Centric 8 PLM suite delivers easy-to-use functionality to manage critical, inseparable business processes, including product development, sourcing, business planning, quality management and collection management. Centric 8 is a modularized system that implements and delivers value rapidly using an Agile DeploymentSM methodology.

Global enterprises including INTERSPORT France, Colmar, Christine Laure, Balenciaga, Fox Head, Newbrands, DSquared2, 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 the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2012 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion and Apparel Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

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

Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.