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April 8th, 2024

Tanboer Partners with Centric PLM to Boost Speed and Agility

Pioneering Chinese down jacket brand overhauls planning and R&D to enable growth

CAMPBELL, Calif., April 9, 2024Centric Software® is pleased to announce its partnership with Chinese down jacket brand, Tanboer. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source, buy, make, price, allocate, sell and replenish products such as fashion, outdoor, luxury, multi-category retail, grocery, food & beverage, cosmetics & personal care and consumer electronics to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Founded in 1999, Qingzhou Tanboer Clothing Co., Ltd is a modern down clothing enterprise integrating design, production and sales, with three R&D bases in Shanghai, Shandong and Beijing. Tanboer’s down jacket has a unique style and has been well received by consumers and the industry. Their products are sold in 43 countries around the world and the brand has more than 1,000 physical stores.

Tanboer is continuously improving its infrastructure in 3 aspects: channels, commodities and operations. Tanboer has a strong focus on improving data availability, richness and quality as well as training talent, promoting advanced research and development, in order to enhance brand image and product recognition.

Despite experiencing rapid growth, Tanboer still uses a more traditional model to build and develop products, which led to a disconnect between R&D, marketing and sales; the entire business chain lacked flexibility and agility.

Mr. Yu Xiaofei, Vice President at Tanboer, explains why the company wants to step away from their traditional product development model in favor of embracing innovation and a more modern way of working. “We hope to introduce ‘Internet Thinking’ into our product research and development. Essentially this means exploring the needs of consumers and developing products driven by their needs. This requires a lot of speed and integrating all departments including planning, research and development, brand marketing, channels and sales – they will all be integral to achieving our goal.”

Tanboer decided to implement a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to establish a more scientific, efficient and systematic R&D process and  comprehensively improve product R&D capabilities. After  a careful market evaluation, the brand chose Centric Software as its PLM partner, praising Centric’s professionalism and mature project management experience.

Centric PLM™ will manage everything from product planning to technology transfer output and connect the entire business process through a unified digital management platform. The system will integrate with Tanboer’s ERP system and transfer product data from Centric PLM to the ERP for a seamless workflow with highly organized data. Centric PLM will also empower teams to improve decision-making thanks to increased accuracy and availability of data.

Ms. Wang Lili, General Manager at Tanboer, comments, “I believe that under the guidance of the Centric team, Tanboer will successfully complete PLM implementation within the agreed time, then quickly begin to see the results of having Centric PLM in place.”

Mr. Yu Xiaofei, Vice President at Tanboer, explains the brand’s expectations for the Centric PLM project, “We are optimistic, that through the PLM project, we can change the existing product R&D methods, transfer work habits from offline to online and truly make the planning and R&D model match the future path of Tanboer.”

“We are honored that Tanboer has chosen Centric PLM to spark the digital transformation of their R&D and move towards their goal of surpassing first-tier brands in the down jacket segment at home and abroad,” says Fabrice Canonge, President of Centric Software.

Learn more about Centric Solutions

Tanboer (www.tanboer.com)

Founded in 1999, Qingzhou Tanboer Clothing Co., Ltd is a modern down clothing enterprise integrating design, production and sales, with three R&D bases in Shanghai, Shandong and Beijing. Tanboer’s down jacket has a unique style and has been well received by consumers and the industry. Their products are sold in 43 countries around the world and the brand has more than 1,000 physical stores.

Tanboer focuses on scene-based functional clothing and is committed to achieving the best balance between function and design. Its products cover a variety of scenarios such as sports, outdoor and commuting. Tanboer also supports sustainable development and strives to provide products that achieve harmony between nature, life and people.

Centric Software® (www.centricsoftware.com)

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides an innovative and AI-enabled product concept-to-replenishment platform for retailers, brands and manufacturers of all sizes. As experts in fashion, luxury, footwear, outdoor, home and related goods like cosmetics & personal care as well as multi-category retail, Centric Software delivers best-of-breed solutions to plan, design, develop, source, buy, make, price, allocate, sell and replenish products.

  • Centric PLM™, the leading PLM solution for fashion, outdoor, footwear and private label, optimizes product execution from ideation to development, sourcing and manufacture, realizing up to 50% improvement in productivity and a 60% decrease in time to market.
  • Centric Planning™ is an innovative, cloud-native, AI solution delivering end-to-end planning capabilities to maximize retail and wholesale business performance, including SKU optimization, resulting in an up to 110% increase in margins.
  • Centric Pricing & Inventory™ leverages AI to drive margins and boost revenues by up to 18% via price and inventory optimization from pre-season to in-season to season completion.
  • Centric Market Intelligence™ is an AI-driven platform giving insights into consumer trends, competitor offers and pricing to boost competitively and get closer to the consumer, with an up to 12% increase in average initial price point.
  • Centric Visual Boards™ pivot actionable data in a visual-first orientation to ensure robust, consumer-right assortments and product offers, dramatically decreasing assortment development cycle time.

Centric Software’s market-driven, best-of-breed solutions have the highest user adoption rate, customer satisfaction rate and fastest time to value in the industry. Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, appearing regularly in world-leading analyst reports and research.

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