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CAMPBELL, Calif., March 19, 2019 – KJUS, the premium sportswear brand based in Switzerland, 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.
KJUS was founded in 2000 by entrepreneur Didi Serena and Olympic ski champion Lasse Kjus, who collaborated to produce stretch skiwear that shook up the market with new standards of comfort and functionality. KJUS is renowned for its innovative, high-performance materials and now produces award-winning ski, golf and lifestyle collections that are sold in 30 countries.
KJUS had an old PLM system but it struggled to cope with expansion into new lines and market demands.
“Innovation is in our DNA and customers constantly expect new products,” explains Simon Meier, Head of Information Management at KJUS. “Meanwhile, time to market is getting faster. We needed a solution that could maintain data integrity with a single source of truth, reduce manual work, connect to other enterprise systems and streamline workflows. The goal is to bring us closer to the end consumer without compromising on performance and quality.”
KJUS wanted the best PLM solution on the market and found an ideal match in Centric 8 PLM.
As Meier says, “Centric is the strongest and most comprehensive solution. It’s a modern, flexible system that is focused on configuration, not programming. Centric has many customers in our industry, so our processes will be supported with best practices. Like KJUS, Centric loves innovation and their system has a fresh look and feel.”
“We have a clear business strategy and Centric PLM is a foundation that will give us agile processes and system support,” concludes Meier. “Investing in digitalization is a must and Centric is a partner that can bring us to the next level. Centric holds up a mirror and asks the right questions to challenge us. It’s a great relationship that will get even stronger.”
“We would like to welcome KJUS on board,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “We are delighted to work with a partner who shares our belief in the importance of innovation, performance and digital transformation and we are looking forward to partnering with them now and into the future.”
KJUS stands for sportswear made of innovative, high-performance material with a distinctive, clean design. The award-winning collections Ski, Golf and Lifestyle are developed by passionate sports experts and tested by professional athletes. The company originates from an idea by the Swiss entrepreneur Didi Serena and Olympic ski champion Lasse Kjus. The two first collaborated to create the first two-way-stretch ski pants. Their functional garments shook up the market, setting new standards of performance along the way. The products are designed to enable sportspeople to focus on the experience. Driven by an enthusiasm for sports and an uncompromising vision, KJUS continues to push further, innovating with every seam, fabric and detail.
LK International AG is the global headquarters of KJUS. The Swiss company was founded in 2000 and engages 105 employees worldwide, 70 of them at the headquarters in Huenenberg/Zug. The company acts with owned subsidiaries in North America, Germany and Austria. The products are sold in more than 30 countries.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) is a visual, fully digital collection of boards for touch-based devices like iPad, iPhone and large-scale, touch-screen televisions. Centric VIP transforms decision making and automates execution to truly collapse time to market and distance to trend. Centric’s 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 SMB 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 in 2018 and Frost & Sullivan’s Global Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM Product Differentiation Excellence Award in 2016 and 2012. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
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