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JD Sports Fashion Selects PLM Software from Centric

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Centric SoftwareCompany cites Centric 8 PLM ease of use, out-of-box functionality

(CAMPBELL, CALIF., 10 AUGUST 2011) JD Sports Fashion plc, the United Kingdom retailer of fashionable sports and casual wear, has selected Centric Software, Inc., to provide product lifecycle management (PLM) software for its apparel lines.

The company, based in Bury, Greater Manchester, England, has purchased Centric’s Line Planning, Product Specification, Materials Management, Sourcing, Calendar Management, Quality and Adobe Connector modules. JD Sports Fashion will use the Centric 8 PLM suite to improve collaboration and productivity in the product development process.

“Centric 8 will allow our teams to consolidate product and design information throughout the organization, and rely on one solid, consistent version of information,” Frank Watts, group IT director at JD Sports Fashion. “Improved data visibility will enable better management of processes, from design and merchandising to sourcing and warehousing, which is essential for our significant private labels business.”

“We value the expertise, dynamism and flexibility that Centric displays as a fast-growing company,” says Watts. “The Centric team understands JD Sports Fashion, and our need to work with fast-changing products, seasons and timelines.”

Product Development Partnership (PDP) Limited, a leading global provider of PLM implementation project management and business process reengineering services, will team with Centric on the JD Sports Fashion implementation. “JD Sports Fashion’s substantial implementation will be completed rapidly because of Centric 8’s easily leveraged out-of-the-box, business best-practices and domain expertise—designed to meet the PLM needs of apparel and retail companies,” says Mark Harrop, director of PDP.

JD Sports Fashion (www.jdsports.co.uk)

JD Sports Fashion plc was founded in 1981 and is now a FTSE 250 Company with over 600 stores in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Spain. Its principal trading fascia is JD, which retails leading international and sports brands as well as a number of own brands such as McKenzie and Carbrini.

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.

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.