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MULTI-CATEGORY RETAIL

Optimize Assortments, Boost Innovation and Launch More Successful Products, Fast

Centric PLM™ empowers multi-category retailers to cut time to market, maximize assortment value and launch more consumer-responsive products across many assortments, price points, geographies and channels.

Track, develop and manage assortments of all types of consumer goods on one digital platform

  • Specialty Retail
  • Home Improvement and DIY Retail
  • Hypermarkets & Grocery

Multi-category retail is evolving fast. Stay up to speed with Centric PLM.

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  • Remove bottlenecks to speed time to market

    Connect product, sourcing, merchandising and retail teams and suppliers with one real-time source of actionable truth in a collaborative digital portal to get to market faster.

  • Increase product introduction success

    Centralize merchandise development plans and track in-season progress to optimize assortments. Sandbox what-if scenarios, analyze competitive styles and get closer to consumers.

  • Streamline supplier collaboration

    Connect suppliers with PLM through the vendor portal. Issue RFPs and compare responses en masse to save time and develop original products with your suppliers’ expertise.

  • Lower COGS and improve product margins

    Empower high-volume and direct to factory sourcing, directly compare suppliers, streamline material buying and launch innovative products faster to maximize assortment value.

  • Deliver desirable, high quality products

    Protect brand reputation with refined quality control tools and mobile apps to ensure quality doesn’t slip with the accelerating pace and volume of new product introductions.

  • Optimize customer in-store experience

    Conduct onsite retail reviews at retail locations using the Retail Review app to ensure every in-store experience aligns with brand values and product presentation guidelines.

  • Launch more SKUs

    Manage thousands of SKUs and multiple categories at once to drive new products. Quickly review design proposals or prototypes. Efficiently manage design and sample requests.

  • Easily calculate costs

    Quickly calculate and compare supplier costs, product margins and pricing. For retailer Ackermans, margin calculations now take seconds, not weeks since implementing Centric PLM.

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Selling everything from footwear to food, retailers trust Centric PLM

“We chose Centric PLM to manage assortments, merchandise planning, sourcing and to streamline the supplier RFQ process. We now have centralized product data for hundreds of branded and private-label consumer goods and packaged foods products for better visibility, team and supplier collaboration and faster time to market.”

RYAN SHUSTER
Vice President of Global Sourcing,
Big Lots

“Combining Excel spreadsheets was time consuming and included a huge amount of scope for error, meaning that decisions being made were not based on accurate information. In Centric, a single button click gets us real-time intelligence that we can use to make informed decisions.”

RAYNARD POTGIETER,
Buying Director,
Ackermans

“One of the things we’ve seen improve is that we now have just one repository. The information is there and it’s 100% accurate and visible to everyone at the same time. Centric helps us with this because we are guaranteed to have up-to-date and precise costs in real time.”

MARIA VIGLIONE,
Sourcing & Purchasing Manager,
Kiko Milano

Tape à l'Oeil relied on Excel and email to share product information between teams in Asia and France, and problems often arose with errors and multiple versions of the same data. The company needed a new, collaborative tool to support their ambitions to further increase their style count and improve speed to market.

How does Centric PLM work for multi-category retail teams?

Centric PLM connects product planning, development, sourcing, manufacturing and retail placement teams in the same digital space with the most up-to-date and accurate ‘single source of actionable truth’ to get a wider variety of products to more markets and more channels faster.​

User-friendly portal

Browser-based portal with intuitive Excel-like interface. Slack integration enables social collaboration. Retain talent with the right tools and the highest user adoption rate (100%) in the industry.

Personalized dashboards

Configure views, dashboards, reports and analytics according to job function. Slice and dice data to see the most relevant and actionable information. Enable multi-dimensional merchandise planning.

Streamline processes

Define processes with built-in workflows, task hand-offs and notifications so nothing falls through the cracks. Reduce clicks and get rid of siloed data storage to get jobs done smarter and faster.

Visual sandbox environment

For internal design, re-inspired design, market buying or all these - play with ideas, define themes and start building collections with collaborative, visual, tactile digital workspaces.

Check products & packaging

Enable quality assurance and product inspections with Final Inspection. Copy/Graphic Proofing empowers teams to develop, iterate on and proof packaging copy and artwork in an error-free workflow.

Rapid product development

Create templates to quickly start developing new products based on similar items. Link competitive analysis, images, web copy, videos, financial data, PIM data and more.

User-friendly portal

Browser-based portal with intuitive Excel-like interface. Slack integration enables social collaboration. Retain talent with the right tools and the highest user adoption rate (100%) in the industry.

Personalized dashboards

Configure views, dashboards, reports and analytics according to job function. Slice and dice data to see the most relevant and actionable information. Enable multi-dimensional merchandise planning.

Streamline processes

Define processes with built-in workflows, task hand-offs and notifications so nothing falls through the cracks. Reduce clicks and get rid of siloed data storage to get jobs done smarter and faster.

Visual sandbox environment

For internal design, re-inspired design, market buying or all these - play with ideas, define themes and start building collections with collaborative, visual, tactile digital workspaces.

Check products & packaging

Enable quality assurance and product inspections with Final Inspection. Copy/Graphic Proofing empowers teams to develop, iterate on and proof packaging copy and artwork in an error-free workflow.

Rapid product development

Create templates to quickly start developing new products based on similar items. Link competitive analysis, images, web copy, videos, financial data, PIM data and more.

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Centric PLM

Flexible, modular PLM solution with built-in retail best practices. Digital transformation platform connecting teams from concept to consumer with collaborative, cloud-based, mobile technology.

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Enterprise Connectivity

Centric PLM seamlessly integrates with other enterprise platforms like ERP, e-commerce, PIM, DAM, compliance software, quality management software, 2D and 3D CAD design software and more.

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Merchandise Planning

Gain visibility and establish targets earlier, identify products that aren’t meeting targets sooner and optimize assortments faster. Slice data as needed and plan top-down, bottom-up or middle-out.

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Centric VIP Digital Workspaces

Connect teams remotely or at the office to make collaborative, actionable decisions with visual digital boards. Ideate designs, run buying sessions and showroom presentations and optimize assortments.

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3D PLM Connect

Connect many leading 3D CAD solutions such as SOLIDWORKS and AutoCAD directly with PLM to enable CAD designers to work seamlessly in their native environment and reduce physical sampling.

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Adobe® Connect

Enable product designers to sketch and start building BOMs directly from Adobe® Illustrator with access to materials and colors from PLM libraries. Seamlessly push designs from Illustrator to PLM.

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Agile Deployment℠

Reap PLM benefits fast with Centric’s unique Agile DeploymentSM methodology, offering the fastest ROI in the industry. Respond to sudden challenges and get PLM going in days with Quick Start packages.

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Why do multi-category retailers need PLM as a foundation for digital transformation?

The retail industry has been transformed forever. Consumer behaviour is changing, as digital disruptors and direct to consumer models offer seamless online experiences and easy, fast home delivery. Large online retailers are competing in every category, and evolving tariff agreements can create sudden import/export headaches.

This new state of retail demands demands ‘more’. More categories, more original products, more seasons. Time to market is shrinking and product portfolios are globalized, making them difficult to manage. Every SKU is under pressure to be profitable and the margin of error has shrunk. Success in a season dictates up to 90% of revenue attainment for retailers.

Despite all of these changes, one simple truth remains. Great products are at the heart of retail.

Digital transformation with PLM software puts products front and center and improves communication, collaboration, quality, sustainability, compliance and brand management to solve these challenges, and more.

Drive sustainable business practices with Centric PLM

Our solutions empower retailers to implement, track and report on compliance, material/ingredient origins and initiatives that have a positive impact on the world. Successful sustainability policies deliver increased sales and brand loyalty among consumers who seek transparency and choose consciously.

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