Drive digital transformation with the next generation of PLM

14 November 2017 | News | Source: Centric Software

Virtually every fashion company around the world uses the same basic tools that have been around for the past 100 years or so; foam core boards, sketches, magazine tear-outs or photos, pieces of fabric, scissors and glue. Throughout development, many group decisions are made - trends, styles, fabrics, colors and price points - and the outcome of these decisions determines the commercial success of the product.

But these physical boards are extremely time consuming to put together - thousands of hours of work - and only represent a snapshot frozen in time. The activity and data they track are critical and the information contained is hard to access and is easy to misinterpret. All in all, it is a roadblock to speeding time to market, shortening distance to trend, streamlining operations, reducing costs and improving team collaboration.

Building on its strategy to develop innovations that drive retail transformation for brands, retailers and manufacturers, Centric Software launched Centric Visual Innovation Platform. Centric VIP is a visual, fully digital collection of mood boards, material and style boards, allocation and assortment boards, and merchandising, line and sales boards boards for touch-based devices like iPad, iPhone and large-scale, touch-screen televisions.

This solution offers macro and micro level views. Users can create boards, share new information, access PLM data, and drill down and roll up with an iPad app that syncs and shares with everyone else. Everyone can contribute live, decisions are allocated to those in charge, a change log is recorded and once given the go-ahead, can be automatically mass executed.

No need to print out paper, cut out bits and pin them to a board anymore. With Centric's digital approach, information is a touch away.

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