Successful Centric PLM Implementation for Shoes For Crews

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Safety footwear maker goes live with Centric Software PLM one month ahead of schedule

Shoes For Crews Successfully Implements Centric PLM

[Centric Software's] PLM solution helped us to design great, commercial shoes.

Shoes For Crews, a top producer of slip resistant footwear for the workplace, has successfully implemented Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software is the leading PLM solution for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods companies.

Founded in 1984, Shoes For Crews first launched a safe and comfortable shoe for nurses and quickly expanded to producing shoes and boots with a proprietary slip-resistant outsole that provides traction in workplaces with slippery floors. Shoes For Crews has been an industry leader in safety for over three decades and is now the safety footwear of choice in more than 100,000 professional kitchens, medical facilities and industrial workplaces worldwide.

Shoes For Crews selected Centric Software’s PLM solution to provide a solid foundation during a time of growth and development. Rollout of Centric PLM was completed on budget and one month ahead of schedule; just in time to support the complete relaunch of the Shoes For Crews brand in April 2017.

“Shoes For Crews has gone through a total transformation in the past year,” explains Shoes For Crews President, CEO and Chief Innovation Officer Stuart Jenkins. “Our new product development team has been working extremely hard to produce a completely new collection of 77 styles that reflect a workforce that now includes more young people and women than ever before. Safety shoes and boots don’t have to be hard, heavy and ugly to be effective. They can be comfortable, lightweight and stylish, and the PLM solution helped us to design great, commercial shoes.”

To support this intense period of product development and design, Shoes For Crews needed a flexible and user-friendly PLM solution that could handle data effectively. The original projected go-live date was beat by more than a month, just 42 business days after the kick-off date.

Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software, says, “The Shoes For Crews project has been a model implementation for Centric and we are delighted to be able to support them as they launch an entirely new product collection. The new Shoes For Crews brand has a bright future, and we are proud to partner with them to achieve their growth and development goals.”

Shoes For Crews (http://www.shoesforcrews.com)
Shoes For Crews is the category creator and a leading designer and marketer of slip-resistant footwear worldwide. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, Shoes For Crews began producing slip-resistant footwear in 1984. Shoes For Crews strives to create a safer workplace in all industries where floor hazards are a reality. The high-performance culinary footwear brand MOZO and the work boot brand ACE are also part of the Shoes For Crews family of brands. President and CEO Stuart Jenkins, a footwear industry veteran with 38 years of experience, joined the company in February, 2016 and has since brought in a seasoned design and development team. The Shoes For Crews team’s focus is to deliver the ultimate in slip resistant outsole technology and unmatched comfort with classic and fashion styling, through a complete line of footwear designed to bring each employee home safely at the end of the shift, whether they work in food service, hospitality, industrial, healthcare or other workplace environments. For more information on Shoes For Crews, visit http://www.shoesforcrews.com.

Centric Software (http://www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software builds technologies for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, and consumer goods. Its flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality, and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB packages extended PLM including innovative technology and key industry learnings tailored for small businesses.

Centric Software has received multiple industry awards, including the Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM in 2016 and Frost & Sullivan’s Global Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM Product Differentiation Excellence Award in 2012. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

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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