Centric Software has released the latest version of its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, which focuses on high-volume product development efficiency, supply chain management and user productivity.

Version 6.2 provides "the most innovative enterprise solutions" to fashion, outdoor, retail and footwear, says the firm, and is driven by feedback from Centric's Customer Advisory Board and customer innovation partners.

New innovations include the debut of a Final Inspection Module, including a new mobile app, to evaluate and track final product quality prior to purchase order acceptance and delivery. The new module, which is available as a web, mobile and desk app, has both on and offline capabilities for slow to no internet connectivity with automatic syncing once back online to facilitate onsite factory visits and international travel.

It expands Centric PLM's digital transformation capabilities to the evaluation of final production goods prior to purchase order acceptance and product delivery, and allows brands and retailers to set acceptable quality levels and evaluation points for suppliers on a per product basis as quality evaluation criteria are linked to original product specifications. Evaluation criteria and results are communicated digitally via web or mobile app for complete, real-time transparency into both vendor performance and production output, prior to goods leaving the manufacturing site and transfer of ownership.

Meanwhile, new Bill of Materials (BOM) 'Sections' and 'Push' tools enable users to work on hundreds of styles per season and at least two seasons simultaneously for fast and efficient high-volume development as well as enhanced user experience with upgraded business analytics capabilities.

Other highlights include new innovations designed to boost user productivity and improve user experience, such as Centric's Slicer - a business intelligence tool that works with live data across Centric PLM and boasts more powerful, faster analytic capabilities, deeper data tree analyses and colour coding options to help users prioritise work, survey progress and identify problem areas.

"User experience and adoption have long been keystones of Centric's success," says Centric CEO Chris Groves. "We work hand in hand with our customers daily to provide brands, retailers and manufacturers the most innovative enterprise solutions. Centric solutions go way beyond traditional PLM expectations to support our customers in achieving their strategic and operational digital transformation goals."