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Denim brand Silver Jeans achieves success with Centric PLM

Mar '19
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Silver Jeans has built up better business with Centric PLM solution. The global team members collaborate in Centric PLM, sharing real-time information in a centralised, cloud-based digital system. The business has cut sample lead times by 25 per cent, doubled its number of product lines since 2010, and reduced production lead times by 10 per cent.

By 2010, Silver Jeans had outgrown its existing software solutions and ways of managing product development.

“With multiple people handling data, there was no direction and ownership wasn’t clear when something needed to be addressed. We wanted to increase the number of products but had no clear way of managing that process. It became obvious that we needed a programme that would help us to achieve our company goals,” Robyn McCarthy, global merchandising manager at Silver Jeans said in a Centric press release.

“We knew that PLM would enable us to centralise information, which was critical. We also knew that the solution would have to be robust in order to manage our growing business and expansion into other lines, but flexible enough to implement change and new processes as we continued to grow,” McCarthy said.

After thoroughly examining leading PLM vendors in the marketplace, Silver Jeans settled on a relatively young contender at the time; Centric Software. Silver Jeans first implemented Centric PLM in 2010 and has been through several solution updates since then.

“Centric PLM was at the top of our list for many reasons. With their industry expertise, and specifically their focus on the garment industry, they understood our needs best. Working with a company that fit with the friends and family culture at Silver Jeans was very important to us. Centric employees are great to work with and have a dedicated support person for each company, which is key because they get to know our processes and are quick to produce solutions,” McCarthy added.

“As Centric is cloud-based, it can be accessed from anywhere around the world. It’s extremely user-friendly and has consistent functions which are the same across all the sections of PLM, so there is no guesswork when looking for the information you require. Everyone is working in one central system. This cuts employee time spent on tasks to minutes, when it could have taken hours or even days previously. The out-of-the-box implementation without requiring any customisation was huge for us, as it allowed us to move very quickly,” he said.

Centric PLM was initially implemented in just 12 weeks and the subsequent upgrades have been a very seamless process. Silver Jeans has reported impressive results since implementing Centric PLM and continues to discover new benefits as features are added in each upgrade.

“We’re able to pull all resources into one central location, from costing to sourcing, production information to quality assurance. People have live, up-to-the-minute data wherever they are, from our offices in North America to our factories overseas. We currently work with about ten factories, as well as trim suppliers, and we’re able to source information from all those vendors and maintain it in one place. It was a seamless transition from our old PDM and Excel-based systems. It has streamlined our reporting functions, allowing all of our teams to make better decisions about products at all levels of our organisation. The benefit with Centric is that we can do all this ourselves with the solution’s out-of-the-box functionality. Reporting that used to take days now takes minutes,” McCarthy said. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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