ÏD Group Selects Centric Software Product Lifecycle Management

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French children’s wear brands Okaïdi, Jacadi use PLM software to work ‘simpler, faster’

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We heard great feedback from the market on Centric’s experience. This PLM initiative is critical to achieve our goals. Its scope is wide, encompassing all processes from product ideation in our studio to taking purchase orders from our franchisees.

ÏD Group, the French-based designer and maker of children’s wear, has selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) software.

ÏD Group will use the Centric 8 PLM solution for retail, apparel, footwear, luxury and consumer goods companies to enhance visibility and increase efficiency through the product development process, according to Isabelle Anton, head of product development and sourcing at the Okaïdi brand of ÏD Group. “Centric will help us to have simpler and faster access to critical information and enable us to refocus on our true mission.”

“We heard great feedback from the market on Centric’s experience, and ability to help us manage our creative processes so that we can work simpler and faster, and collaborate in a timely manner,” says Valérie Capitan, head of product development and sourcing for the Jacadi brand of ÏD Group. “This PLM initiative is critical to achieve our goals. Its scope is wide, encompassing all processes from product ideation in our studio to taking purchase orders from our franchisees.”

“Our mid-term plan is challenging, requiring the company to work differently in order to grow,” says Agnès Dechirot, managing director of the Jacadi brand. The company plans a significant increase of turnover per square meter in its retail stores, and also an improvement in overall profitability, she adds. “Centric 8 gives us the tool to make that happen, and to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in our staff. We want to empower them with a simple tool that will enable them to refocus on their job.”

The children’s wear company will begin deployment with its Jacadi and Okaïdi brands, and include internal users, suppliers and franchisees in the implementation. ÏD Group will integrate the Centric 8 software with two enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems it currently uses.

“Centric shares ÏD Group’s philosophy of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric. “Centric 8’s built-in industry best practices will streamline ÏD Group’s product development tremendously, and allow it to make smart product decisions quickly and efficiently.”

ÏD Group (http://www.idgroup.com)
ÏD Group is a leading children’s wear designer and retailer operating with the goal of “working to make a better world for growing children.” The company offers the Okaïdi, Obaïbi, OBmum, Jacadi, Oxybul – Eveil & Jeux, and ÏDkids brands. Founded in 1996, ÏDgroup operates 1,049 stores in 67 countries on five continents, and employs 6,000. Revenues in 2013 were €763 million. ÏDgroup is headquartered in Roubaix, France.

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 implements and delivers value rapidly using an Agile Deployment(SM) methodology. Centric received the Frost & Sullivan 2012 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion and Apparel Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Red Herring named Centric to its North America and Global Top 100 lists for 2013. WhichPLM recognized Centric as the overall PLM market leader for fashion in its 2012-2013 Annual Review.

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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