Designers & Merchandisers
Management & Execs
Merchandise Planning extends visibility from initial line plan proposal through sales commitments and recording of actuals.
Merchandise Planning’s flexible analytics use the always up-to-date product information in the Centric 8 PLM system to aid in the creation of top-down goals and bottom-up estimates. Merchandise Planning allows companies to generate realistic sales estimates, easily identify outliers that impact performance, and make decisions with confidence—based on data, not “guesstimates.”
Support multiple product types—from standard apparel footwear and accessories to technical sporting equipment.
Assure consistent application of materials across any family of products that share the same design elements.
Easy-to-use, click-and-go interface eliminates the need for tedious user edit/save.
Avoid shortages of approved materials and poorly negotiated prices with an easily-managed materials library
Manage BOM and development calendar of materials independent of product usage.
Generate material roll-up to calculate material usage across a season.
Execute full sourcing RFQ function for materials independent of styles.
Limited visibility hampers efforts to find the most cost-effective suppliers and impedes compliance management.
Split orders over multiple suppliers to minimize risk, or consolidate across all product lines for best pricing.
Manage supplier performance, quality and compliance tracking and audits.
Automate and track samples through every phase of the process.
Off load tedious data entry to suppliers with a secure portal.
Failure to understand complete cost information before launch results in lower margins and ROI.
Calculate gross margin including channel costs and product costs to understand net margin by channel.
Manage costing accurately with local labor rates based on bill of labor.
Perform “what-if” analysis to compare on-shore vs. off-shore options and maximize responsive to demand fluctuations.
Replace the errors and expense of out-of-date paper catalogs with dynamic, always-accurate information.
Target your markets with specific catalogs that reflect buyer preferences. Tailor price points, availability, and languages instantly to meet specific buyer’s requirements.
Use the Collection Book iPad App to display personalized catalogs—or enable personalized catalog access via a private, web-based portal.
Paper calendars, emails, phone calls and spreadsheets obscure critical issues that threaten on-time delivery
Define and track tasks through forward- or backward-planning calendars on multiple product lines and materials.
Create flexible calendars for products, seasons, or product lines to improve visibility while preserving creativity without rigid restrictions.
Optionally use workflows to manage lifecycles of samples and other business critical items.
Streamline the processes that protect your brand identity and assure safety.
Manage quality, consumer product safety and compliance to meet international standards.
Assign quality and safety goals based on both corporate standards as well as channel-specific standards.
Test products for compliance in both sample and production stages as pass/fail—or with visibility down to specific test results recorded.
Final Inspection Module allows brands and retailers to set acceptable quality levels and evaluation points for suppliers on a per product basis as quality evaluation criteria are linked to original product specifications.
Evaluation criteria and results are communicated digitally via web or mobile app for complete, real-time transparency into both vendor performance and production output, prior to goods leaving the manufacturing site and transfer of ownership.
Silos of data result in poor visibility and decision making, errors, and increased costs.
Support push and pull data integration to SAP, Microsoft AX Dynamics, and other industry-standard ERP systems.
Reduce errors and unnecessary costs by ensuring that everyone is working from the most current information—no matter where the source data resides.
Pull data from other systems easily using with out-of-the-box connectors
AdobeTM PLM ConnectorDetails
Foster creativity and collaboration by managing designs within familiar Adobe tools.
Publish line art and colorways—with rich image extraction—directly to Centric 8 without leaving CS.
Pull colorway color palettes into Adobe CS products from Centric 8.
Companies can use the SDK to develop their own mobile apps or personalize existing Centric apps for their brand-specific needs.
Users can even create their own apps to seamlessly connect or digitally transform processes without limitation.
With the growing threat of competition, the complexities and risks of international expansion, as well as constant changing digital and social channels, brands, manufacturers and retailers must work differently. Mobility helps capture information outside of the scope of traditional systems introducing unprecedented agility and real-time reactivity without being chained to a desk. Centric Software provides innovative mobile solutions to harness the power of design and development, streamline the supply chain and empower teams to bring great products to market faster.