PTC today announced that JR286, a premier global sports equipment and accessories company, selected PTC's FlexPLM® retail product lifecycle management (PLM) software to support its product development process with real-time visibility into product data and development stages across all areas of its business.

Specializing in the sporting goods industry since 1989, JR286, Inc. is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, and distribution of branded and licensed sports equipment and accessories, including licensed brands such as Nike, Hurley, and Walls. Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., JR286 serves a global customer base with operations in North America, China, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

JR286 sought a solution with proven capabilities to support its product development process. PTC has a history of working with innovative companies developing multiple categories of products in a single solution. The existing capabilities of FlexPLM, combined with a strategic vision and roadmap, will help support JR286 as it expands its partnerships and product offerings. FlexPLM will deliver the needs of design, engineering, marketing, product line management, and operations.

"JR286 is rapidly growing and will need to scale to continue to meet the needs of our brand partners. To help support this growth, we looked for a comprehensive retail and consumer products-focused PLM solution that was both proven and innovative - and PTC's FlexPLM software was the perfect fit," said Chris Beaudin, Head of IT, JR286.

PTC's FlexPLM offers comprehensive retail PLM capabilities, including line planning, specification management, merchandising, and other essential PLM capabilities for managing a retailer's complete assortment of products. Designed for retail's precise needs, PTC FlexPLM enables companies to achieve faster time-to-value and develop more innovative and profitable products.

"In today's fast-paced and hypercompetitive environment, retailers and consumer products companies are challenged to quickly identify the latest trends and leverage their supply chains to respond to customer demands. FlexPLM enables companies like JR286 to digitally transform their product creation processes to overcome these challenges, shorten cycle times, and take advantage of market opportunities," said Eric Symon, general manager, retail, PTC. "FlexPLM's ability to support environments ranging from single digit users to ten thousand plus will enable JR286 to scale quickly to meet the needs of their brand partners."

Future implementation phases could include FlexPLM CanvasTM for collaborative concept creation and ThingWorx® Industrial Innovation Platform powered dashboards to capitalize on the Internet of Things (IoT).