ITFAS, the buying company of French ready-to-wear retailer Kiabi Group, has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help manage growth as its supply chain expands.

Kiabi is an international group with 500 stores in 17 countries, generating almost EUR2bn (US$2.3bn) in turnover. The company's development strategy is based on a cutting-edge, cross-channel model.

To handle growth, Kiabi needed more visibility and transparency, a single version of the truth and business best practices to harmonise information systems.

"We have been expanding our procurement operations in Asia," explains François Perche, information system manager at Kiabi, "We are now closer to our supply chain partners and we are willing to integrate more functions into this structure. As we continue to grow and hire people, we need adequate tools to collaborate efficiently and support them.

"With Centric PLM in place, we hope to streamline our fragmented application landscape, update outdated systems to a more sustainable technology stack and realign our business processes with industry best practices."

Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software, adds: "Kiabi is an innovative company who will use Centric for complex collaboration across many internal and external users, departments and locations."