Outdoor & Sports Soft Goods & Apparel

Supercharge Product Development and Speed Time to Market with Centric PLM™

Connect teams. Maintain quality and compliance. Boost innovation. Support expansion strategies.

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Expand Ranges without Compromising on Quality

Your consumers work and play in some of the world’s toughest environments, so outdoor soft goods and apparel brands and retailers stake their reputations on quality, performance and innovative material technologies. Consumers increasingly want to see outdoor companies’ sustainability credentials and be reassured that they are making ethical, environmentally-friendly purchase decisions.

To achieve growth goals, companies need to maintain high levels of innovation, manage complex supply chains, improve quality oversight, reduce errors that affect product quality and expand their ranges efficiently.

Incorporating deep apparel and soft goods expertise combined with best practices learned from working with 100+ leading outdoor companies, Centric PLM provides a reliable foundation for rapid growth. Our digital solutions connect every team from concept to consumer with a single source of actionable truth for product-related data. Standardize operations, increase productivity and bring a wider variety of sustainable, innovative, high-quality products to market fast.

Collaborate to streamline operations

Connect everyone in the value chain to share real-time data in one, actionable place. Make better, more accurate decisions, together.

Integrate existing siloed processes and systems like ERP and PIM to deliver products from design concept through to manufacturing and retail, faster.

Share technical data with suppliers and speed RFPs using the vendor portal. Collaborate on costs, schedules, samples, quality tests and documentation.

Accelerate innovation and time to market

Speed up every phase of product development from planning to retail.

Easily vary core designs to build on bestselling products. Kickstart product development with templates and material/component libraries.

Standardize Bills of Material (BOMs) to provide improved visibility of costs, evaluate product margins and develop well-rounded collections.

Mizuno USA increased the capacity of category managers by up to 75% with Centric.

Uphold global and local quality standards

Develop global and local quality control measures, KPIs and inspection criteria. Ensure traceability and compliance with international regulations.

Use information from design and development teams to validate products in advance, assess feasibility of manufacturing products and improve quality.

Use PLM-connected mobile apps to efficiently run factory audits, sample reviews and quality control to ensure safety, durability and performance.

Expand assortments and manage more SKUs

Manage expanding assortments with enhanced planning and forecasting tools. Balance different product timelines. Add or remove products easily.

Handle thousands of SKUs across multiple seasons. Easily add new licensees, categories and lines.

Remove bottlenecks with personalized role-specific views, reports and dashboards, workflows, to-do lists, task hand-offs, alerts and social PLM.

Gain visibility to improve planning

Better visibility into costing, faster line planning and efficient product development frees R&D teams to do more value-added work.

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

Improve transparency and consistency in licensing arrangements, whether your business is the licensee, licensor or producing to a licensee/sor’s spec.

Drive sustainability initiatives

Track and implement sustainability initiatives. Document how suppliers meet ethical and environmental expectations to satisfy consumers.

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

Use resources efficiently and manufacture the right volume of demand-led products, reducing over-stocking and wastage.

Built hand-in-hand with outdoor companies

Our PLM solutions are developed in collaboration with the world’s top outdoor companies and incorporate soft goods and apparel best practices from hundreds of successful implementations. Centric PLM is highly configurable, scalable and easy to use.

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Our Solutions

Discover what makes Centric Software® innovations so unique

  • Centric PLM

    Easily integrate Centric PLM with other enterprise platforms like ERP, e-commerce, PIM, DAM, compliance software, quality management software, 2D and 3D CAD design software and more. Streamline workflows, seamlessly manage data exchange and leverage PLM data throughout the organization.

    Centric PLM
  • 3D PLM Connect

    Connect leading 3D CAD solutions like SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD and more directly to PLM for seamless design work. Enable teams to view, comment & share 3D renderings in PLM. Ideate fast, reduce physical samples, streamline sample reviews and push photo-realistic products to e-commerce channels or in store.

  • Adobe® Illustrator PLM Connect

    Sketch, seamlessly access materials and colors and start building BOMs from within Adobe® Illustrator. Empower design and product development teams with creative, technical and production details from PLM libraries while working in Adobe® Illustrator so they can focus on creating original products.

  • 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.

  • Centric PLM Mobile Apps 

    Capture inspiration, analyze competition, conduct sample and fit reviews, control quality, audit factories and more on the go. Intuitive, social PLM-connected apps optimize UX and encourage collaboration. No need to re-enter information back at the office, saving time and resources.

  • Agile Deployment℠

    Centric’s unique Agile Deployment methodology immediately realizes tangible benefits with rapid implementation and the fastest ROI in the industry. Quick Start packages get lean versions of PLM up and running remotely in days not months to seamlessly connect teams and respond to market disruption.

    Quick Start and Agile Deployment℠
  • AI Image Search

    Find materials fast and eliminate the need to store, catalogue, search and maintain physical material samples. Centric’s artificial intelligence-enabled tool searches material images to immediately flag similar materials that have been used before, or suggest suppliers that provide a close match.

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Centric PLM Quick Start and Agile Deployment℠

Learn more about how and why outdoor soft goods and apparel companies use PLM

“Centric is highly configurable with great out-of-the-box templates and embedded best practices that will structure our processes as an evolving brand. We pride ourselves on being agile, and Centric will maintain that agility. The system is intuitive and fun to use, which is important for our young product team.”

JUSTINE MCCARTHY Director Gymshark

Manifattura Valcismon’s growth in production volume and staff, plus development and manufacturing sites, made it crucial for the company to adopt advanced IT tools that could facilitate smooth collaboration across several countries, align teams across the development process and support its expansion strategies.

“Centric PLM’s user interface, technology readiness and apps felt further ahead compared to other players. We also knew that we would benefit from great project support from the Centric team once we got on board and started the work.”

NIKOL RAKIC
Sourcing and Production Director
Peak Performance

“We finally decided on Centric PLM because it has out-of-the-box functionality and can connect and standardize our operations across a variety of areas, including design, merchandising, materials management, sourcing and sales. It’s a modern, web-based system. As our designers use Adobe Illustrator, the Adobe Connect function in Centric is very important.”

STEPHANIE EIBICH
Brand Intelligence
BOGNER

“We found that Centric could meet our needs. It’s a cloud-based solution, which makes it ideal for global use. The simplicity of deployment is a very attractive feature, as it is configured rather than customized. Because of this, we will be able to deploy the solution in a very short period of time.”

TERUMITSU WATANABE
Manager, Product Engineering Division
DESCENTE

Centric is the market leader

5,000+ Brands Trust Centric PLM
600+ Companies
99% Customer Retention Rate

Make better a reality. Boost innovation and speed time to market in your outdoor soft goods company now. Learn how in just 60 minutes.