French leather and luxury goods company Longchamp is to use Centric Software's product lifecycle management (PLM) system to improve collaboration and productivity throughout its product development process.

The Paris-based company has selected the Product Specification, Sourcing and Calendar Management modules from the Centric 8 system.

"With Centric 8, our teams can share key product and design information more rapidly, easily and accurately than ever," explains Sophie Delafontaine, artistic director at Longchamp.

Improved data visibility will enable step-by-step tracking and follow-up on designs, components and samples - all of which "are absolutely critical" to product quality.

"With multiple seasons each year, and several operating groups simultaneously working on product development in tight timeframes, we needed a solution that centralises all design information," Delafontaine notes.

The web-based PLM system will integrate to Longchamp's ERP system.

The family-owned firm makes luggage, handbags, accessories and ready-to-wear sold in more than 130 exclusive boutiques and some 2,000 multi-brand stores worldwide.