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Developed specifically to the exacting requirements of the entire product development - from inspiration to consumer experience.

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Centric 8 Platform

Intuitive, effective, proven.

The Centric 8 Platform was developed specifically with the needs of retail, apparel, footwear and consumer goods companies in mind.

Intuitive, user friendly and completely web-based solutions. An easy-to-use, “single version of the truth” approach to line planning, global sourcing, calendar management, materials management, quality management, collection management, technical design and retail execution.

Centric 8 PLM’s interconnected modules are flexible, configurable and span the entire product process, from concept to customer.

Features & Benefits

  • Incorporate domain expertise and industry best practices.
  • Get trend-right products to market on time and on budget.
  • Expand visibility into deadlines and calendars.
  • Improve understanding of materials requirements.
  • Mitigate risks.
  • Enhance decision-making.

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Centric 8 Modules

Centric 8 PLM’s interconnected modules are flexible, configurable
and span the entire product process, from concept to customer.

Merchandise Planning

Manage seasons, departments, collections and even specific styles to meet performance targets.

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Product Specification

Collaborate across global teams.

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Materials Management

Assure a flexible, responsive supply chain.

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Manage seasons, departments, collections and even specific styles to meet performance targets.

Merchandize Planning extends visibility from initial line plan proposal through sales commitments and recording of actuals

Merchandize Planning’s flexible analytics use the always up-to-date product information in the Centric 8 PLM system to aid in the creation of top-down goals and bottom-up estimates. Merchandize Planning allows companies to generate realistic sales estimates, easily identify outliers that impact performance, and make decisions with confidence—based on data, not “guesstimates.”

Features & Benefits

  • Drill into plans and make changes on the spot.
  • Tie merchandising activity to company objectives and goals.
  • Increase accountability to defined plans by associating plan targets with corporate financial goals.
  • Manage seasons, departments, collections and specific styles to performance targets.
  • Review and compare plans faster, more accurately.

Collaborate across global teams.

Support multiple product types—from standard apparel footwear and accessories to technical sporting equipment.

Assure consistent application of materials across any family of products that share the same design elements.

Easy-to-use, click-and-go interface eliminates the need for tedious user edit/save.

 

What’s in it for my company?

  • Centric Product Specification enables complete communication of specifications to minimize iterations, errors and costs.
  • Design, development and sample cycles are accelerated while delay, confusion and inefficiency are eliminated.

Assure a flexible, responsive supply chain.

Avoid shortages of approved materials and poorly negotiated prices with an easily-managed materials library

Manage BOM and development calendar of materials independent of product usage.

Generate material roll-up to calculate material usage across a season.

Execute full sourcing RFQ function for materials independent of styles.

What’s in it for my company?

  • Aggregate materials—by item, style, line or season and avoid under- or over-purchase of materials.
  • Empower sourcing teams to negotiate best prices and terms.
  • Reduce risk of late deliveries by monitoring material processes as tracked activities on calendars.

Product Sourcing

Gain supply chain visibility and control.

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Cost Scenario

Innovation and time to market aren’t enough.

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Collection Management

Put any collection in the best light.

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Gain supply chain visibility and control.

Limited visibility hampers efforts to find the most cost-effective suppliers and impedes compliance management.

Split orders over multiple suppliers to minimize risk, or consolidate across all product lines for best pricing.

Manage supplier performance, quality and compliance tracking and audits.

Automate and track samples through every phase of the process.

Off load tedious data entry to suppliers with a secure portal.

What’s in it for my company?

  • Leverage purchasing power: Centric Product Sourcing enables supplier collaboration and management at the earliest phase of the development cycle.
  • Assure product quality and compliance: Quality products are developed quickly and accurately, at the best possible costs.

Innovation and time to market aren’t enough.

Failure to understand complete cost information before launch results in lower margins and ROI.
Calculate gross margin including channel costs and product costs to understand net margin by channel.
Manage costing accurately with local labor rates based on bill of labor.
Perform “what-if” analysis to compare on-shore vs. off-shore options and maximize responsive to demand fluctuations.

What’s in it for my company?

  • Give development teams sophisticated yet easy-to-use financial analysis tools. Understand the impact of decisions early in the development process.
  • Drive total product profitability: increase product margins, improve new product success rate and eliminate surprises.

Put any collection in the best light.

Replace the errors and expense of out-of-date paper catalogs with dynamic, always-accurate information.
Target your markets with specific catalogs that reflect buyer preferences.
Tailor price points, availability, and languages instantly to meet specific buyer’s requirements.
Use the Collection Book iPad App to display personalized catalogs—or enable personalized catalog access via a private, web-based portal.

What’s in it for my company?

  • Replace paper-based catalogs and order systems with dynamic, electronic collection books that are never out-of-date.
  • Show collections on laptops, iPads or private customer portals. Increase customer satisfaction by only showing available products. Show other options to impress customers with capabilities.

Calendar Management

Get everyone on the  same page.

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Quality Management

Quality matters. Ensure it every step of the way.

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Enterprise Search

Quickly find information you need to jump start your next product.

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Get everyone on the  same page.

Paper calendars, emails, phone calls and spreadsheets obscure critical issues that threaten on-time delivery
Define and track tasks through forward- or backward-planning calendars on multiple product lines and materials.
Create flexible calendars for products, seasons, or product lines to improve visibility while preserving creativity without rigid restrictions.
Optionally use workflows to manage lifecycles of samples and other business critical items.

What’s in it for my company?

  • Get processes under control: Managers and developers have visibility to ensure awareness of deadlines, resolve bottlenecks, track task execution, and meet market windows.
  • Boost productivity: Eliminate non productive activities, increase time for creativity
  • Nimble decision-making through
    higher visibility

Quality matters. Ensure it every step of the way.

Streamline the processes that protect your brand identity and assure safety.
Manage quality, consumer product safety and compliance to meet international standards.
Assign quality and safety goals based on both corporate standards as well as channel-specific standards.
Test products for compliance in both sample and production stages as pass/fail—or with visibility down to specific test results recorded.

What’s in it for my company?

  • Make quality processes easier. Simplify creation of tests and test templates.
  • Create consistent test definitions to compare and contrast multiple test runs.
  • Monitor for consumer product safety mandates including REACH, CPSIA and others.

Quickly find information you need to jump start your next product.

With Enterprise Search for Centric 8 PLM, retail, apparel, footwear and consumer goods companies have access to the critical information they need to make the right product decision, right now. Leverage past investments in intellectual property, supplier capabilities, and more to get higher quality products to market faster.

Features & Benefits

  • Work more productively.
  • Find valuable data previously hidden in ERP, PDM and other systems.
  • Reduce product costs with more accurate estimates based on history.
  • Standardize on proven best practices.
  • Improve product quality.
  • Boost team productivity.

Enterprise Connectivity

Assure decision makers have the right data.

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Cloud Services

In the cloud or in-house – with Centric Cloud Services the choice is yours.

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Assure decision makers have the right data.

Silos of data result in poor visibility and decision making, errors, and increased costs.
Support push and pull data integration to SAP, Microsoft AX Dynamics, and other industry-standard ERP systems.
Reduce errors and unnecessary costs by ensuring that everyone is working from the most current information—no matter where the source data resides.
Pull data from other systems easily using with out-of-the-box connectors.

What’s in it for my company?

  • Centric Enterprise Connectivity easily integrates with existing systems, eases migration cycles, and reduces migration costs..
  • Assure that decisions are based on up-to-date, accurate information, regardless of where that information resides.

In the cloud or in-house – with Centric Cloud Services the choice is yours.

When it comes to how to deploy Centric 8 PLM, retail, apparel, footwear and consumer goods companies have all the options they need. Our team of experts can train your IT professionals how to manage all aspects of the Centric 8 PLM system in-house. Centric also offers flexible Hosting Services for the short-term or long-term. We can handle everything, including system administration and hosting for hardware, operating systems, databases and the Centric 8 PLM system.

Features & Benefits

  • Concentrate on your business, not on managing hardware, data backups and IT-related issues.
  • Keep in-house IT resources focused on more strategic initiatives.
  • Protect intellectual property.

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Seeing is believing

If your PLM software isn’t easy to use your teams won’t use it, so your company won’t reap the benefits. Give us 60 minutes and you’ll see why Centric comprehensive, out-of the box system is the easiest-to-use PLM software platform on the market.

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