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5 September, 2023

Centric Software partners with ALDI SOUTH to accelerate their Digital Transformation

Centric solutions to harmonize buying and optimize product offerings across regions for leading discount grocery retailer

CAMPBELL, Calif., September 6, 2023Centric Software®, the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) market leader, is pleased to announce that global discount retailer ALDI SOUTH is partnering with Centric Software to advance their digital transformation, support data driven decision making and further enhance international collaboration. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source, price and sell products to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Founded in 1961, ALDI SOUTH is a global discount grocery retailer with 7,100 stores in 11 countries, including Australia, Germany, UK, USA and China, on four continents. Stores offer a core range of food products, including regional goods, organic and fresh produce, and other non-food consumer goods with a predominant focus on carefully selected private-label. These are complemented by weekly rotating themed special buys and seasonal items. ALDI SOUTH has thousands of suppliers, including many that are local to specific regions.

After an intensive vendor selection process, ALDI SOUTH selected Centric Software to provide a category range management solution to support international collaboration on range and product development. ALDI SOUTH will implement Centric PLM™, Centric Software’s flagship market-leading PLM solution, and Centric Visual Boards™, an innovative visual collaboration platform that extends the capabilities of PLM to transform the go-to-market process for multi-category retail.

“Centric Software stands out for their expertise and the user-friendly interface of their solutions,” explains Simon Weil, Managing Director Global Business Coordination at ALDI SOUTH and adds, “Centric solutions are a great fit for our customer focused assortment and the teams that will use the software, from buying, planning, merchandising and branding, to sourcing including suppliers who will also use the system.”

“Centric’s tools support our goal of streamlining the buying process for food, near-food and non-food so that we can offer our customers the best possible products at the lowest possible prices,” states Christian Gillmann, Group Director International IT at ALDI SOUTH. “We are striving for a strong partnership and a collaborative innovation ahead, with the goal of elevating the capabilities of the software.”

The broader digital transformation allows ALDI SOUTH to respond rapidly to changing consumer behaviour and improve time to market for new products and services, meet compliance, sustainability and quality goals, and drive cost leadership via improved efficiency and collaboration.

ALDI SOUTH plans to integrate Centric Software’s solutions with several other enterprise systems such as ERP and PIM, and manage functions, including elements of quality assurance and sustainability, on a global scale.

“We are very excited to announce our partnership with ALDI SOUTH,” says Fabrice Canonge, President of Centric Software. “ALDI SOUTH is a global leader in the discount grocery retail space, with ambitious plans to streamline their operations in a long-term strategic way. We are proud to provide the tools that will enable ALDI SOUTH to achieve those goals. We look forward to a productive and mutually beneficial relationship.”

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The ALDI SOUTH Group operates in eleven countries on four continents and employs around 186,000 members of staff. The food retail company has more than 7,100 stores in Germany, Austria, the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, China and Italy.


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Silicon Valley-based Centric Software provides an innovative product concept-to-launch platform for manufacturers, brands and retailers of all sizes in the food & beverage industry, food service and grocery retail sectors. Centric Software works closely with customers to achieve more efficient project management and safer product development, execute a competitive retail and product strategy, increase agility, speed time to market and get closer to consumers, resulting in maximized revenues and margins.

All solutions are highly configurable and built hand-in-hand with market-leading companies:

  • Centric PLM™streamlines product design, development, sourcing, quality & compliance, packaging & artwork proofing, sustainability and product portfolio management.
  • Centric Visual Boards™improves team collaboration and optimizes range category management to get closer to consumers, be more competitive.
  • Centric Planning™delivers best-in-class, easy-to-use and visually-driven financial, merchandise and product portfolio planning as well as store & vendor forecasting for seamless and fast, pre- and in-season execution.
  • Centric Market Intelligence™provides AI-driven competitive product, price assortment benchmarking and predictive pricing for increased revenues and reduced discounting.

Centric Software proudly maintains a 99% customer retention rate and a 100% go-live rate. Awarded for excellence by Just Food 3 times, by Frost & Sullivan several times and the recipient of many other regional accolades, Centric Software is proud to provide the best solution, backed by the best team and to partner with the best customers.

Centric Software, a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), is a registered trademark of Centric Software, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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