Children Worldwide Fashion Selects Centric Software for Product Lifecycle Management Software

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Paris-based company cites fast PLM system implementation time.

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The Centric PLM system will allow CWF to replace a host of separate e-mail- and spreadsheet-based systems.

Children Worldwide Fashion Group (CWF) has selected Centric Software, Inc., to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) system.

CWF, a European leader in top-of-the-line and luxury children’s fashion, purchased the Business Planning, Calendar Management, Collection Management, Materials Management, Product Sourcing, Product Specification, Quality Management and Collection Management modules of the Centric 8 PLM system.

All CWF brands, categories and product departments will use the software from Centric, which provides PLM software for footwear, retail, apparel, luxury and consumer goods companies.

“The Centric PLM system will allow CWF to replace a host of separate e-mail- and spreadsheet-based systems,” says Bertrand Beaufort, chief information officer of CWF. With the Centric PLM system’s “single version of the truth” about products, CWF will be able to streamline the product development process.

CWF also valued the configurable, out-of-the-box characteristics of the Centric 8 suite. By incorporating industry business best practices and data models into the core PLM system, Centric can provide a much faster deployment. Centric will use its Agile Deployment(SM) implementation methodology to deploy the CWF system. Leveraging the principles of agile software development, Agile Deployment allows for implementations faster than other PLM systems.

“We are delighted to add a category leader like CWF to our list of partners," says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric. CWF valued Centric’s experience with fashion industry customers and understanding of the apparel industry’s needs, he adds. “The company will be able to make better, faster decisions, and see results in optimizing product development timelines and costs.”

Children Worldwide Fashion Group (http://www.groupecwf.com)

Children Worldwide Fashion Group (CWF) is the European leader in top-of-the-line and luxury children’s fashion. CWF is a partner to brands with a worldwide reputation for their collections for girls and boys ages 0 to 16. The brand portfolio includes Billiebush, BOSS, Burberry, Chloé, DKNY, Little Marc Jacobs and Timberland.

CWF maintains a presence in 74 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, with a controlled distribution network of 2,300 stores, including 2,000 independent multi-brand stores and 280 department stores, and 120 corners under concession. The company also operates 18 Atelier de Courcelles multi-brand stores, its exclusive retail concept. Based in Paris, CWF generates annual revenues of €160 million and employs 800 worldwide.

Centric Software, Inc. (http://www.centricsoftware.com)

Centric Software is a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for retail, apparel, footwear, luxury and consumer goods companies. The Centric 8 PLM suite delivers easy-to-use functionality to manage critical, inseparable business processes, including product development, sourcing, business planning, quality management and collection management. Centric 8 is a modularized system that implements and delivers value rapidly using an Agile Deployment(SM) methodology.

Global enterprises including AMG Services, Ariat, Balenciaga, Bass Pro Shops, Beretta, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Black Diamond Equipment, Bravo Sports, Christian Louboutin, Christine Laure, Colmar, Crocs, DSquared2, Fox Head, HoMedics, INTERSPORT France, JD Sports Fashion, Kindy, KlimUSA, Longchamp, MANGO, Ports 1961, Proenza Schouler, Silver Jeans Co., Speedo, Sundance Catalog, Système U, TALLY WEiJL, Triple Aught Design, Uniek and United Stationers use Centric solutions to achieve revenue growth, reduce costs and deliver trend-right products to their customers. Centric is the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2012 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion and Apparel Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

Centric is a registered trademark of Centric Software. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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