It was the complexity of dealing with such a large number of products and the variety of categories across various types of retail that led Bioworld to pursue PLM

It was the complexity of dealing with such a large number of products and the variety of categories across various types of retail that led Bioworld to pursue PLM

Bioworld, a global manufacturer of pop-culture apparel and accessories, has implemented a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to boost product development.

Founded in 1999, Bioworld is a specialist in licensed products, headquartered in Irving, Texas, with ten offices worldwide. 

It has selected Centric Software's Centric 8 PLM to help deal with the large number of products and the variety of categories across various types of retail—B2B, direct to consumer and Amazon channels—that it manufactures. 

"We manage tens of thousands of unique products every year from a development and also from a production standpoint," says Nathan Grant, VP of creative. "We have to track progress of each product from inception to production to retail throughout the development life cycle while also managing our clients' approvals and changes. The volume of products and approval process adds to the complexity of our operations. With all the moving parts, it seems like an impossible job.

"What we really want from Centric PLM is speed—and being able to bring the right products to market."

Patrick Flanagan, director of IT, adds: "We went on a very long and thorough fact-finding mission, looking at multiple PLM systems over the course of two years with all the stakeholders involved. We used scorecards and Centric finished head-and-shoulders above everybody else.

"We were able to easily align our business processes with the out-of-the-box functionality of Centric PLM. Everything from design, to tech packs and building BOMs, sampling, merchandise and line planning, is a lot more efficient than before. The 'one source of the truth' is key.

"It is phenomenal that if we have a challenge we can actually come up with a solution and test it in the system that same day without impacting production. We can 'what-if' without affecting the business."