Canadian fashion retailer La Maison Simons has implemented a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to boost speed to market and improve supply chain visibility.

Founded in 1840, La Maison Simons has selected Centric Software's Centric 8 PLM solution. 

The Quebec-based retailer, which is led by the fifth generation of the Simons family, employs more than 3,000 people and sells a mix of private-label and branded fashion and home goods across the world.

"We had to adapt to remain current," explains Tanya Luongo, business analyst at La Maison Simons. "Working with Excel and emails was laborious and prone to errors. We needed PLM to reduce product development times, improve supply chain visibility, enhance budgeting clarity for merchandise planning and standardise our processes."

According to Luongo, La Maison Simons' imports team now spends much less time entering data and "feels that they contribute more to their real work."

"The merchandise planning module has transformed budget visibility from our ERP solution, enhancing our ability to plan and follow through effectively," she adds.