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Centric Software Signs First African Customer


— Value fashion retailer Ackermans implements configurable PLM software —

LOS GATOS, Calif., April 22, 2015 – Centric Software, Inc., has acquired its first African customer for its product lifecycle management (PLM) software, with Ackermans, part of the Pepkor Group of companies.

The value fashion retailer will use the Centric 8 PLM software for retail, apparel, footwear, luxury and consumer goods to improve the sourcing process, implementing the software across both internal and external teams, according to Renee Jain, supply chain systems manager of Ackermans.

Based in the Republic of South Africa, Ackermans chose the Centric PLM software for its ease of use and configurability, says Jain. Centric’s Agile Deployment SM employs a collaborative and iterative process to provide an out-of-the-box, configurable solution that avoids time-consuming customization. Configurations made to reflect a customer’s specific needs do not alter the essential code of the PLM software. Updates are simple, fast to incorporate, and often include features for new industry trends or best practices.

Jain also cites the importance of Centric’s reputation, credibility and strong references in the apparel and retailing industries. “Ackermans can place complete trust in the Centric solution and team.”

“The product development benefits of Centric 8 PLM will help Ackermans achieve its commitment of continuously setting the standard for value and affordability,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric. “The opportunity for Centric and Ackermans to work together in this region of the world is invaluable.”

Ackermans (http://www.ackermans.co.za)

Ackermans is a value fashion retailer providing a wide selection of affordable fashion for ladies, men, babies and children, as well as homeware, cellular and key financial products. The company operates more than 450 stores in five countries in southern Africa. Ackermans, founded in 1916, is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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

Centric Software is a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for retail, apparel, 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 implements and delivers value rapidly using an Agile DeploymentSM methodology. Centric received the Frost & Sullivan 2012 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion and Apparel Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Red Herring named Centric to its North America and Global Top 100 lists for 2013. WhichPLM recognized Centric as the overall PLM market leader for fashion in its 2012-2013 Annual Review. 

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

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