CAMPBELL, Calif., 1 October, 2019 – Balabala, the leading Chinese kidswear brand, has selected Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.
Balabala is an international children’s wear brand founded by Semir Group in 2002, and specializes in clothing, shoes and accessories for children aged 0-16. There are nearly 5,000 Balabala stores and counters in 31 provinces, cities and districts in China, making it the kid’s apparel brand with the highest number of outlets, most extensive sales network and most sizable sales volume in the country.
Faced with changing consumption patterns and demographics in the Chinese market, Balabala needs acute digital insights into consumer behavior and popular trends so as to accelerate its product R&D and respond accordingly. Implementing a kidswear PLM and a lifestyle PLM solution is key to their digital strategy.
“Today, Balabala is a clothing company. However, with changes in the market, we will become a lifestyle company in the future,” says Zhong Deda, General Manager of Balabala’s Business Division. “As such, product revamps will be our most important strategy in the next one to three years, and this is where PLM plays a vital role.”
After a comprehensive selection process, Balabala chose Centric PLM for kidswear and lifestyle brands based on Centric Software’s excellent track record.
As Zhong says, “With Centric PLM in place, we aim to differentiate production, development and sales for various product lines, create a robust product framework that caters to the needs of multiple categories, channels and global markets and standardize business processes that enable the management and transfer of technology and culture.”
Jin Jing, CIO of Semir Group, adds, “Centric PLM goes further than streamlining Balabala’s business processes, promoting and enhancing value-creation in the organization. With Centric Software’s support, Balabala is transforming more rapidly into an enterprise that is information-based, digitalized and intelligent.”
“We would like to welcome our latest partner in China, Balabala,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “Balabala is pursuing a strong digital strategy to transform into a lifestyle business, and we are delighted that they have chosen Centric PLM to provide a digital foundation for growth.”
Balabala is a Semir brand launched in 2002, which specializes in international children’s fashion. It is devoted to creating a lifestyle for children, and providing them with comfortable clothing in trendy designs, high quality, and a wide selection. The brand brings the new generation of families a one-stop shopping experience. Balabala carries apparel, footwear, and accessories for children aged 0 to 16 years. Now, it has nearly 5,000 stores and counters in 31 provinces, cities, and districts in China, making it the children’s apparel brand with the most number of outlets, extensive sales network, and sizable sales volume.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB provides innovative PLM technology and key industry learnings for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) offers a new fully visual and digital experience for collaboration and decision-making and includes the Centric Buying Board to transform internal buying sessions and maximize retail value and the Centric Concept Board for driving creativity and evolving product concepts. All Centric innovations shorten time to market, boost product innovation and reduce costs. Centric Software is majority-owned by Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and PLM solutions. Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, including being named by Red Herring to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Centric also received various excellence awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016 and 2018.
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