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Product Development Partnership Selected to Implement Centric PLM For JD Sports


(MANCHESTER, UK, 15 AUGUST 2011) JD Sports Fashion PLC, having this month selected a PLM solution from Centric Software, Inc., has chosen the Product Development Partnership (“PDP”) to conduct the implementation.

PDP are one of the world’s leading retail and apparel product lifecycle management consultancies, with a brand defined by uncompromising ethics and demonstrable expertise.  With decades’ worth of experience and an absolute focus on the retail, footwear and apparel industries, PDP’s consultants will collaborate with Centric Software’s own global services team to ensure a smooth implementation.

“JD Sports Fashion’s substantial implementation will utilise Centric 8’s out-of-the-box, business best-practice processes combined together with shared hands-on domain expertise from Centric and PDP team — we feel strongly that the combination of a sandbox implementation together with proven process “experts” from JD Sports, Centric and PDP will produce the best of all worlds leading to a high quality implementation designed to meet the PLM needs of JD Sports Fashion today and in the future,” said Mark Harrop, Managing Director of PDP.

“Our team of industry experts have conducted successful, large-scale PLM implementations for retailers, brands and manufacturers of all shapes and sizes – from boutique designers to multinational corporations.  We are excited that a business as strong as JD Sports, with their portfolio of well-known institutionalised brands, has opted to implement PLM.  I firmly believe that the right PLM solution, properly implemented, is one of the most important IT investments any company can make.”

The PDP team have become some of the industry’s most trusted advisers, and this announcement is only the latest in a series of high-profile PLM implementations that have been awarded to them in recent months.

The company has reported record growth as a result – recently announcing further expansion of their UK-based team in line with rapidly-growing demand for consultancy, implementation management and value-added development services.

About PDP (www.pdplimited.com)

The Product Development Partnership provides expert consultation services to companies in the retail, footwear and apparel industries who are looking to implement new software or enhance their existing product development or PLM. With several decades’ combined experience, a unique skill set and global expertise running the gamut from design to delivery, its services are informed, proven and completely impartial.

About 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.

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

Centric Software is a leading provider of 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.

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.