FRANCE: Sock maker Kindy selects Centric PLM

30 June 2011 | News | Source: just-style.com

Kindy SA, the French manufacturer and distributor of socks and children's shoes, has selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) system.

The company has purchased Centric 8's Line Planning, Product Specification, Materials Management, Sourcing and Calendar Management modules.

Kindy, which produces more than 25m pairs of socks each year, will use the Centric 8 PLM suite to accelerate new product introduction and increase the efficiency of product development.

"We expect the implementation of Centric 8 will also contribute to shortening new-product launch lead times, a critical part of the very competitive sock business," says Nathalie Seguinot, Kindy's CIO.

"We were looking for a solution that would help us improve process productivity and reliability, and that would facilitate communication within internal and external functions as well as with suppliers," she continued.

The custom system Kindy has used to date could no longer keep up with the company's evolution and the introduction of new, technical product lines that feature complex construction processes, added Stefano Lena, Centric's vice president of global sales and European general manager.

In addition, with a steadily growing amount of data to track and work with, the product development teams had to dedicate a large portion of their time to administrative tasks. Frequent need to manually re-key data increased the risk of duplications and errors.