The global multi-sports brand harmonizes product data and processes across its entire infrastructure to create a central base for improved workflows
CAMPBELL, Calif., May 11, 2021 – Renowned international sports brand SCOTT Sports successfully implemented Centric Software®‘s Product Lifestyle Management (PLM) system, with teams adapting at lightning speed and deploying remotely. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source and sell products such as apparel, footwear, sporting goods, furniture, home décor, cosmetics, food & beverage and luxury to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.
Established in 1958, SCOTT Sports develops, markets and sells bike, winter sports, running, motorsport and outdoor products. The brand portfolio includes Syncros, Bergamont, Bold Cycles, Avanti, Malvern Star, Dolomite, Powderhorn, Bach, Lizard, with more than 1,500 employees worldwide, operating in over 100 markets.
Due to a growing demand for outdoor and sports products during lockdown restrictions, the company’s bike and running divisions came under more pressure than ever before. Adding to the mix, SCOTT Sports experienced disruptions to its supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in longer lead times for some products.
“We were facing disrupted supply chains and needed to cope with ongoing enforcements, traceability of materials and international product regulations such as the safety of a product,” explains Pascal Ducrot, Vice President of SCOTT Sports SA.
“Centric PLM provides us with the functionalities needed throughout the whole value chain. It enables a flexible implementation of services depending on our needs, allowing steady communication alongside the whole infrastructure in order to increase transparency and establish a seamless flow of information.”
Following a couple of initial face-to-face meetings in February 2020 before the first lockdown took place, the entire PLM project was implemented online.
Ducrot adds, “The approach from Centric was collaborative right from the start. Centric helped to not only align, but rather improve existing workflows (BUC) due to new opportunities given by the PLM, helping us to harmonize the different businesses, processes, product complexities and divisions.”
One of the key things that set Centric apart from other vendors was its interest and enthusiasm for improving diverse business processes and products such as bikes, along with the cutting-edge tools it offered for merchandising, collection planning and sales.
“Further integration of our long-term and worldwide suppliers is not only a potential but a logical next step for the further development of this system… we are looking forward to adding more partners (brands, factories, laboratories) belonging to the SCOTT network,” comments Gerhard Mollenkopf, Division Manager Softgoods at SCOTT Sports SA. “Centric’s Agile Deployment℠ methodology will help to activate more system functions to increase the efficiency of our business processes.”
Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software, comments, “We are delighted to work with SCOTT Sports on achieving their digital transformation goals in the midst of a pandemic. This is another fantastic step for Centric Software in the sportswear and hard goods industry.”
SCOTT Sports (www.scott-sports.com)
SCOTT Sports is an international sports brand with a global approach that develops, markets and sells bike, winter sports, running, motorsport and outdoor products. The brand portfolio includes Syncros, Bergamont, Bold Cycles, Avanti, Malvern Star, Dolomite, Powderhorn, Bach, Lizard. R&D, marketing, and sales are managed from the headquarters in Givisiez, Switzerland. SCOTT employs more than 1,500 people worldwide and operates in more than 100 markets.
Since it was launched in 1958, when engineer and ski racer Ed Scott revolutionised skiing with his invention of the first tapered aluminium ski pole, SCOTT Sports has been renowned as an innovator in the sports industry.
Other noteworthy pioneering first-to-market inventions include the first ever motorcross specific goggles released in 1970; the aerodynamic handlebar in 1989; the first carbon mountain bike in 1995; and the lightest Aero road bike with disc brakes in 2017.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software® provides a Product Concept to Consumer Digital Transformation Platform for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods including cosmetics, beauty and food and beverage. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric PLMTM, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and product portfolio optimization innovations specifically for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB focuses on core tools and industry best practices for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (CVIP) offers highly visual digital board experiences for collaboration and decision-making. Centric Software pioneered mobility, introducing the first mobile apps for PLM, and is widely known for connectivity to dozens of other enterprise systems including ERP, DAM, PIM, e-com, planning and more as well as creative tools such as Adobe® Illustrator and a host of 3D CAD connectors. Centric’s innovations are 100% market-driven with the highest user adoption rate and fastest time to value in the industry. 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, 2018 and 2021.
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