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Ted Baker Takes a Step Further with Centric Software


Only a few months after menswear, the womenswear department of the United Kingdom fashion company successfully implements Centric 8 PLM

LOS GATOS, Calif., March 1, 2016 – Ted Baker, the renowned “No Ordinary Designer Label” based in London, successfully rolled out the second phase of its Centric 8 PLM project, on time and under budget. Centric 8 is the leading product lifestyle management (PLM) solution for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury and consumer goods companies.

Following the successful menswear team go live in July last year, Ted Baker extended use of Centric PLM to their womenswear team for the development of its products.

All of the information for a style, from concept through to bulk approval is entered and viewed on Centric 8 PLM.  Currently the design, garment tech, buying and production teams can all access the same product information.  As per the initial project plan with rollout mirroring the product development process, additional production and buying users will follow over the next few months.

Change management was a major factor in the project. As Ted Baker has grown quickly since its beginning in Glasgow in 1987, the business literally out grew their previous systems and initial ways of working.

“We went live with menswear in July,” explains Flis Leverton, Head of Production Systems. “I’m really happy with our deployment strategy because our menswear team, early adopters of computer systems, can share their experience and help support our womenswear teams.”

Among the key deciding factors when selecting Centric were the usability of the system and the cultural business fit. “Centric consultants understand our business and that clearly made a difference,“ Flis Leverton continues, “Centric is a PLM specialist. And they know fashion really well. I think our biggest win is that we went live when we said we would.”

“We are very proud to have successfully gone live across Ted Baker’s menswear and womenswear divisions and full met our joint commitments,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric. “It is a confirmation that our Agile Deployment methodology speeds value delivery and we are looking forward to supporting Ted Baker’s expansion over the years.”

Ted Baker (www.tedbaker.com)

Ted Baker is a fashion firm focusing on men’s wear, ladies’ wear, children’s wear and accessories. Known for quality, attention to detail and its quirky sense of humor, the brand has earned the title of “No Ordinary Designer Label.” Based in London, and founded in 1987, the company operates 110 stores and 252 concessions in 24 countries. Revenue in 2013 was £321 million.

Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software builds technologies for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, and consumer goods.  Its flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric Cloud packages extended PLM including innovative technology and key industry learnings tailored for small businesses.

Centric Software has received multiple industry awards, including the Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion and Apparel PLM. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013 and 2015.

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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