PLM system app enhances sample review communication, improves accuracy, speeds iterative process
(CAMPBELL, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013) The repetitive and often-tedious sample review process for companies in the retail, apparel, footwear, luxury and consumer goods industries will become much easier, faster, and more accurate and effective with the new Sample Review Mobile App from Centric Software, Inc.
The newest patent-pending mobile app from Centric—provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for retail, apparel, footwear, luxury and consumer goods—offers an easy-to-use tool to quickly view and edit sample and style data on any iOS-enabled mobile device. The app’s robust editing tools combine with the immediacy of mobile devices and the “single version of the truth about the product” in the Centric 8 PLM system to address a major bottleneck in the product development process. “The Sample Review Mobile App produces better communication with suppliers, faster, more accurate sample development, and a more rapid product development schedule,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric.
Instant update to PLM system
With the app, designers can view thumbnails of each sample (or styles associated with the samples) that they will review in the session. Tapping on a thumbnail image brings up a screen with all information from the Centric 8 PLM system that the designer needs to review the sample: properties, notes, and links to related documents, such as artwork specs, tech packs, technical datasheets and size charts. The designer can take photos and use a comprehensive suite of editing tools to add redlines, free-form sketches and comments—including using the device’s microphone to record and place comments.
Reviewers can easily edit all fields of information on the mobile device screen, or by opening a related document such as a Tech Pack. The Sample Review Mobile App saves all changes to the Centric 8 PLM system instantly—or if an Internet connection is not available, saves changes on the device for later upload. The feedback and comments become available to the organization and designated supply chain via the Centric 8 PLM system which labels samples as “Not Reviewed,” “Passed” or “Failed.” Suppliers then can filter by review status, speed “Passed” items to the next step in the product development process, or begin to make requested changes on “Failed” items.
The Sample Review Mobile App results in the ability to do a better job shaping products to meet market demand, says Groves. “By compressing cycle times and improving the efficiency of resources, Sample Review produces results that fall directly to the bottom line.”
· Speeds sample approval.
· Reduces number of iterations in a process often characterized by voluminous changes.
· Eliminates time delays associated with e-mailing and faxing documents back and forth with suppliers.
· Allows reviewers to communicate more accurately with suppliers.
· Reduces mistakes inherent in manual editing.
· Easily captures actionable items required to move samples to the next level.
· Lets creative team retain focus on creative vs. administrative tasks.
“The Sample Review Mobile App helps take the PLM system beyond the traditional boundaries of the office, and to the locations where inspiration, product innovation and product development often happen,” says Groves. This extension of PLM’s capabilities to encompass a broader group of core product development processes is at the heart of Centric’s mobile strategy, he adds. “Like the other industry-first mobile apps Centric has released, the Sample Review Mobile App will help Centric 8 users dramatically increase efficiency and productivity, getting on-trend products to market faster.”
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 AMG Services, Ariat, Balenciaga, Bass Pro Shops, Beretta, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Black Diamond Equipment, Bravo Sports, Christine Laure, Colmar, Crocs, DSquared2, Fox Head, HoMedics, INTERSPORT France, JD Sports Fashion, Kindy, KlimUSA, Longchamp, Newbrands, PetSmart, Ports 1961, Proenza Schouler, Silver Jeans Co., Speedo, Sundance Catalog, Système U, TALLY WEiJL, Triple Aught Design, Uniek 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).
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