LOS GATOS, Calif., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 –
Dan Post Boot Company has implemented the Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM) solution from Centric Software, Inc.
Dan Post Boot Company markets and distributes men’s, women’s and children’s footwear. According to Frank Murphy, vice president of sourcing at Dan Post Boot, the company uses the Centric 8 PLM software to improve its product development process by eliminating reliance on spreadsheets and e-mail for communications.
“Centric 8 provides ‘a single version of the truth’ about our products and so removes confusion, reduce data entry duplication and errors, and compresses product design and development schedules.” Dan Post Boots also capitalizes on up-to-date, accurate product information for better sourcing and negotiations, Murphy says.
Management, planners, marketing, designers, technical designers, quality management and materials management teams at Dan Post Boots will be using Centric 8. Dan Post Boot’s 17 external suppliers, located in Mexico, China, India, and Vietnam also will use the PLM software, improving the company’s collaboration with overseas vendors, and enabling vendors to take on greater responsibility in sourcing and in the creation of bills of materials.
Dan Post Boots’ suppliers now use the Centric 8 PLM software to update production schedules in real time, allowing the company to provide more accurate delivery information to its customers. Improved vendor collaboration has streamlined some compliance requirements, such as those related to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Vendors now help maintain CPSIA-required documents within the PLM software, which has reduced administrative costs for select Dan Post Boots. The company’s product development team has improved the efficiency and transparency of the sample process by using Centric 8 PLM to issue sample requests to suppliers.
Dan Post Boots selected Centric for its footwear industry expertise, product innovation and leadership, and “best-of-breed” approach, says Murphy. “Purchasing a new PLM solution that came coupled with ERP software seemed to water down both systems,” he explains.
Footwear makers like Dan Post Boot have complex product development requirements and need a PLM system that can deliver these necessities out-of-the-box without customization, according to Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric. “Dan Post Boot operates in a smart, strategic manner,” says Groves. The company focused on finding an innovative, best-in-class, highly configurable PLM solution that meets its needs as a footwear leader, he adds. “Ultimately, Centric 8 will help Dan Post Boot achieve significant improvements in product quality, speed to market, and margin.”