CAMPBELL, Calif., April 27, 2017 – Lotto Sport, the global Italian sportswear company, and Stonefly, the Italian footwear producer, have selected Centric Software to provide their product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. Centric Software is the leading PLM solution for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods companies.
Lotto Sport was founded in 1973 in Treviso, Italy and is now a global name, with five sub-brands and an annual turnover of over €300m. The company is renowned for its passion for sport with a special focus on footwear and technical clothing for football and tennis. Lotto purchased a stake in Stonefly, a small Italian producer of comfortable sports footwear and is in the process of integrating the IT, finance and product development departments of both companies.
Incorporating Stonefly into the framework of Lotto Sport presented a challenge: how to harmonize the information systems of both companies and make sure that the overall system was flexible enough to adapt to changes and share data efficiently.
As Sebastiano Di Camillo, Head of Information Technology from Lotto explains, “Lotto had a PLM system in place, but Stonefly had no system at all. We used our PLM system for four years but because it was highly customized, it became more and more inflexible and difficult to evolve. The upcoming project with Stonefly gave Lotto the opportunity to review our information systems structure and look for a more flexible solution. As a result, we decided to change the PLM we had been using and start fresh with a new system across both companies.”
Flexibility was the key requirement for the new system, says Di Camillo.
“We chose Centric PLM because it is a highly configurable solution with no customization. There’s a good trade-off between cost and quality and Centric is also very user-friendly. Our team’s first impression of Centric was that it is a very flexible product and as we have come to know it better, we have found out just how easy it is to use.”
In addition to headquarters in Treviso, Lotto has teams in France, Spain, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. The company manages the design, development and manufacture of its sportswear, which is primarily produced by suppliers in Asia.
With a highly international workforce, efficient communication is crucial. Sebastiano Di Camillo expects to see an improvement in the amount and quality of data available to users.
“We’ll have more information, with major improvements in quality and we will have more visibility into costs and calendars. As the head of IT department it’s important to understand the cost of a product and the profitability of our business. We have a lot of people involved in developing collections and with Centric PLM in place, we will be able to make this more efficient with far fewer errors than in the past.”
“As we look forward to the future with Centric Software, we believe it will be a very good partnership,” concludes Di Camillo. “We anticipate sharing new ideas and product developments with each new release of the software.”
“Lotto Sport and Stonefly have a very important and challenging project ahead of them as they integrate the information systems of both companies and we are proud to be part of it,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “We are thrilled to partner with them as they replace old systems and establish new ways of working, and look forward to innovating with them into the future.”
Lotto Sport Italia is a leader in the production and distribution of sports clothing, footwear and accessories. Founded in 1973, the company began its activities with the production of tennis shoes and football boots, and over the years has expanded its offerings both in the performance area and the free time area with a broad line of leisure products. Lotto’s strategic positioning – which is based on the three core values Italian Spirit, Design and Product Innovation – is supplemented with communication activities in which sponsorships have always been a vital key to success, with past and present legends such as Ruud Gullit, Andriy Shevchenko and Luca Toni in football, and John Newcombe, Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova, David Ferrer and Agnieszka Radwańska in tennis, to name just a few. Lotto distributes its products in over 100 countries worldwide.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software builds technologies for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, and consumer goods. Its flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality, and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB packages extended PLM including innovative technology and key industry learnings tailored for small businesses.
Centric Software has received multiple industry awards, including the Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM in 2016 and Frost & Sullivan’s Global Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM Product Differentiation Excellence Award in 2012. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
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