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Balance Quality, Product Margins and Speed with Centric PLM™

Focus on quality and precision. Plan accurately. Build on bestselling products. Source economically.

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Create Iconic Products More Efficiently

Leather goods companies operate in a fiercely competitive industry. It’s not easy to uphold brand reputation and quality while pursuing growth opportunities and satisfying changing consumer preferences, such as demand for more localized and sustainable products.

The unique nature of leather and other skins as raw materials mean that leather goods companies need the visibility and forecasting tools to build collections on the basis of anticipated supply, working closely with trusted suppliers or external manufacturers to create products with optimal product margins and minimal wastage.

Centric PLM gives leather goods companies the power to cost-effectively forecast raw material needs, plan collections with greater visibility, source efficiently and iterate rapidly on bestsellers to produce artisan products of exceptional quality and craftsmanship in a fraction of the time it would take without PLM. End-to-end traceability makes it easy to track sustainability credentials and CITES documentation for each leather.

Whether your leather goods company is co-creating products with suppliers or owns everything from design to manufacturing in-house, PLM keeps all teams on the same page with a single source of truth for product-related data. Build a solid digital foundation for future growth and create the products that will keep loyal customers coming back with Centric PLM.

Connect teams to speed time to market

Connect designers directly with merchandise planners, manufacturers and suppliers to share the most up-to-date product data, BOMs and collection plans.

Centralize all product-related data, replacing multiple spreadsheets, emails and siloed file storage. Streamline product sourcing and leather buying.

Boost visibility and use integrated workflows to manage timelines, meet excellence milestones and speed time to market.

Improve product margins with efficient sourcing

Collaborate closely with suppliers through the vendor portal and easily compare options to obtain best-in-class materials for the lowest cost.

Enhance visibility and roll up forecasted quantities of leathers, hardware components and trims across collections.

Automatically calculate how potential product costs affect margins and pricing with ‘what-if’ scenarios. Improve financial decision-making.

Protect quality and brand heritage

Assure the quality and sustainability of materials with transparent sourcing and streamlined quality checks. Track and manage CITES documentation.

Protect brand heritage by ensuring materials are always appropriate, high-quality and fit for purpose.

Employ full traceability and detailed product data to showcase product quality and craftsmanship and meet the expectations of digital consumers.

Plan effectively with relevant data

Start building collections easily around shapes and leather types. Access tech packs, technical data sheets, patterns, grading and more at a glance.

Centralize current and historic product data and material/component libraries so teams can develop collections using data from previous seasons.

Personalized views and reports enable users to slice and dice relevant information according to their role to make actionable decisions.

Manage materials, BOMs and color rules

Gain visibility into how usage of different leathers in multiple grades across collections affects pricing with dynamic roll-ups.

Manage BOMs with total precision and easily update in response to prototype iterations and information from suppliers.

Use the Color Rules functionality to define seasonal color matrices, ensure color consistency across BOMs and balance color usage in collections.

Free teams to focus on creating great products

Store product information and innovation ‘know-how’ in one user-friendly digital knowledge base for easier succession planning and quick onboarding.

Employ innovative tools like 3D CAD connectors, Adobe® Connect and mobile apps to develop original products faster while maintaining quality.

Eradicate hundreds of spreadsheets, emails and data silos. Eliminate costly, time consuming errors and focus on innovation, quality and craft.

Our Solutions

Discover what makes Centric Software® innovations so unique

  • Centric PLM

    Develop high-quality products efficiently using a highly configurable, modular, cloud-based PLM solution with built-in market-driven innovations and best practices for leather goods teams. Connect teams with a real-time actionable ‘single source of the truth’ for product-related data.

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  • Merchandise Planning

    Run ‘what-if’ costing scenarios to reduce material, shipping and manufacturing costs. Gain visibility to effectively match forecasts for availability of leathers with collection plans. Identify bestsellers and under-performers. Make decisions based on personalized reports and real-time data.

  • 3D and 2D Design Integration

    Centric PLM integrates seamlessly with multiple leading 3D CAD solutions such as AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS to empower streamlined design and prototyping. Teams that use Adobe® Illustrator instead of or in addition to manual sketches can sketch and start building BOMs in Illustrator using PLM data.

  • Vendor Portal

    Connect trusted suppliers or external manufacturers directly with Centric PLM. Take advantage of their expertise and handle costs, schedules, prototypes, quality testing and documentation. Easily compare different raw material or finished product options to effectively balance quality with margins.

  • Capture It Mobile App

    Take pictures of samples during buying sessions or snap inspiration on the move and send images straight to PLM with the Capture It mobile app. Give teams intuitive mobile tools to save time and tedious photo uploading admin tasks, fueling creativity and collaboration.

  • Materials Management

    Avoid under- or over-purchases of expensive and limited raw materials with an easily-managed materials library and detailed forecasting tools. Empower sourcing teams to negotiate best prices and terms. Manage BOMs with greater precision. Generate roll-ups to calculate material usage across a season.

  • Centric VIP Digital Buying Boards

    Connect teams in digital workspaces to collaborate and dramatically transform decision-making. Improve collection management and maximize sell-through with the Buying Board for Retail. Create digital showrooms to transform assortment presentation and order capture with the Buying Board for Wholesale.

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  • Agile Deployment℠

    Centric’s unique Agile DeploymentSM methodology offers the fastest ROI in the industry. Respond to sudden market challenges, connect teams remotely and get PLM going in days with Quick Start packages.

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