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Outdoor & Sports Outdoor Footwear

Fuel Collaboration, Innovation and Growth with Centric PLM

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Plan Earlier and Faster to Achieve Rapid Growth

Maintaining growth targets. Reacting to consumer demand and market shifts. Handling cost and supply chain challenges. Managing large volumes of product data. Designing and creating innovative and highly technical products. Ensuring compliance with product safety regulations and guaranteeing sustainability.

These are just some of the unique challenges facing outdoor and sports footwear brands and companies. With longer lead times than apparel, footwear businesses have to complete line planning, merchandising and product development earlier and faster than ever before.

Centric PLM digitally transforms product development and launch for outdoor and sports footwear brands and retailers. Connect teams with a single source of actionable truth to streamline operations, accelerate innovation, develop new collections more efficiently, optimize costs, maximize SKU performance, speed time to market without sacrificing quality, drive sustainability initiatives and ultimately power global growth.

Centralize data to drive speed to market

Centralize product-related data on one real-time digital platform to reduce errors and save time.

Connect existing systems like ERP and DAM, PIM, e-commerce and more directly to PLM to drive product development from idea to sourcing to shelf.

Add suppliers and trading or licensing partners. Share technical data and collaborate on prices, schedules, samples, quality testing and documentation.

KEEN cut reporting output time by 50% with Centric.

Accelerate product innovation

Build libraries of materials, components, styles, colors and trims. Manage unique innovations in footwear technology, fabrics and construction.

Easily vary core designs and use previous seasons’ data to build on bestselling products. Quickly search, match and re-use to save time and cost.

Standardize Bills of Material (BOMs) to improve visibility of cost, evaluate profitability and shape well-rounded collections.

Ensure quality, safety and compliance

Enhance specific quality control measures for footwear. Protect brand reputation by ensuring materials are appropriate and compliant with regulations.

Use data generated by design and development teams to validate products in advance, assess feasibility of manufacturing products and improve quality.

Use mobile apps and templates to complete sample reviews, quality control inspections and factory audits quickly. Share the results in real time.

Plan better to improve product margins

‘What-if?’ best price to value scenarios to reduce supplier, production, shipping and material costs, meet MOQs and drive efficiency.

Easily conduct omni-channel merchandise planning sessions. For Shoes for Crews, collaborative presentations that used to take a week now take seconds.

Remove bottlenecks with personalized role-specific views, reports and dashboards, calendar management, workflows and automated task hand-offs.

Build product ‘know-how’ and retain top talent

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

Create a reliable knowledge base of materials, technical expertise and product data that can be used by all departments, from R&D to marketing.

Attract and retain top talent by providing digitally native teams with tools such as mobile apps, 3D CAD connectors and Slack and Teams integration.

Boost sustainability and transparency

Track adherence to sustainability targets, reduce waste and document materials, chemicals, carbon footprint, ethical labor and more.

Transform sampling and packaging with 3D design technology. Fewer physical samples reduces waste, saves money and minimizes shipping impacts.

Digitize the supply chain to support responsible, transparent and efficient production. Manufacture demand-led products to reduce wastage.

Outdoor and sports footwear expertise

Our PLM innovations are driven by our outdoor and footwear customers, incorporating feedback from hundreds of successful implementations. Take advantage of footwear-specific best practices built into our highly configurable and scalable solutions.

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Our Solutions

Discover what makes Centric Software® innovations so unique

  • Centric PLM

    Innovative modular PLM solution with out-of-the-box functionality that combines Silicon Valley tech with industry best practices. Streamlines product development and launch from concept to retail with a single, actionable, real-time version of truth, boosting productivity, collaboration and control.

    Centric PLM
  • Enterprise Connectivity

    Leverage PLM data throughout the business for greater efficiency. Easily connect Centric PLM with software including 3D CAD and 2D design applications, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), e-commerce, PIM (Product Information Management), DAM (Data Asset Management) and quality management software.

  • Centric 3D Connect

    Connect leading 3D CAD solutions like SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD and many more directly to PLM so CAD designers and engineers can work seamlessly in their native environment. Reduce physical samples, ideate faster, streamline sample reviews and push photo-realistic products to e-commerce channels.

  • Adobe® Illustrator PLM Connect

    Sketch, seamlessly access materials and components and start building BOMs from within Adobe® Illustrator. Empower footwear designers and product development teams with creative, technical and production details from PLM libraries while working in Adobe® Illustrator so they can focus on innovation.

  • Centric PLM Mobile Apps 

    PLM-connected mobile apps enable teams to work any time, from anywhere, cut tedious data entry and encourage collaboration with intuitive, social features. Conduct quality control and sample reviews, audit factories, capture inspiration, carry out competitive analysis and more on the go.

  • Agile Deployment

    Implement fast and flexibly to benefit from the fastest ROI in the industry with Centric’s unique Agile Deployment methodology. Need to connect teams remotely right now? Respond to market disruptions and get up and running with a lean version of PLM in just days with Quick Start packages.

    Quick Start and Agile Deployment
  • Centric Visual Boards

    Highly visual digital workspaces that connect worldwide teams to make collaborative, actionable decisions in real time. Ideate products/collections, track and collect product data, orders and pre-buys, and enable central and regional merchandising teams to work together on initial and final assortments.

    Centric VIP Digital Boards
  • Centric SMB

    Cloud-based, user-driven SaaS PLM solution for emerging enterprises - no IT team needed. Replace spreadsheets and emails to streamline work for growing assortments/SKUs and retail expansion. Add modules and mobile apps as your business evolves, teams expand and product offers become more complex.

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Learn more about how and why outdoor footwear companies use PLM

Centric is the market leader

18,000+ Brands Trust Centric Software
100% Go-live
99% Customer Retention Rate

Make better a reality. Drive growth and streamline the introduction of innovative, high-quality products in your outdoor or sports footwear business now. Learn how in just 60 minutes.